People travel to Italy for no other reason then to visit the Tuscany (Tuscana) region, of which Florence is the capital. It’s a region known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. Movies have been made about it and you often hear how beautiful and relaxing the Tuscany life-style is.
We spent a couple days visiting the beautiful rolling hills, quaint towns and mostly excellent wineries between Florence and Siena, Italy (south of Florence.) I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we stopped the car, pulling over to the side of the road when possible, to take photos.
Each curve and hill top seemed to present an even more spectacular view.
It only takes moments to realize there are two main products of the area, wine and olive oil. You see endless vineyards and olive groves everywhere.
It was probably Tuscany I was most concerned about photographing. The scenes are so vast and have been photographed so many times I wondered if there was anything I could photograph which wouldn’t be cliché-ish and would be truly mine.
However, I realize we should not hesitate to photograph something simply because it’s been photographed many times before.
Tuscany was an area where renting a car was invaluable as it allowed us to explore at our own pace and to venture off the main highways and tourist routes.
We had no set schedule at this point, except for a castle visit which I’ll cover in a separate post, but were loosely using a guide book to locate some of the better/recommended restaurants and wineries in the area.
Out days were spent driving, stopping and walking about as we pleased — my definition of a real vacation.
I’ve covered the Tuscany countryside in this post. I plan to devote additional posts to some of the small towns of Tuscany, our visit and dinner at a proper Italian castle and some of the food and wine we encountered in Tuscany. Then there also Cinque Terre coastline in Italy which was our last point of interest before returning home.
When I finish photo processing I’ll upload those I’ve featured here, and many others, to the Meandering Passage Gallery — I’ve already uploaded a few. You can follow the link at the top of this blog to access the Gallery, if interested.