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The Restaurant on Via Del Teatro

Walking through the different towns and villages in Tuscany (especially in the historic centres) is a little bit like entering a time warp. Towns were fortified and built on hilltops to stay protected from advancing armies and enemies.

Today, while the architecture dates back hundreds and thousands of years, a walk through these towns will yield many delights. Town centres are filled with restaurants and cafes and venturing down alleyways filled with galleries and artisan shops will make you wish you had the time to explore every nook and cranny. I suppose that’s why I keep going back to Italy :)

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Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy, restaurent, brick building, flowers, travel photography

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Sunflower Sunshine

I love sunflowers. In full bloom they exude happiness and light and much like a photographer they follow that light. I came across this beauty in a sunflower field in the hills of Tuscany.

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Sunflower, nature, flower, flower photography, yellow

Italy & A Bicycle…Finally

Some of you that have followed me and this blog for awhile know that I love to photograph vintage bicycles with character leaning against walls in classic cities or villages. When I was in Italy a few years ago I came back with lots of those images…you can see one here and here and even here :)

You might have been thinking…“why hasn’t she posted any bicycle pictures?” I honestly didn’t see has many this time around. Maybe because we didn’t spend as much time in big cities. Our trip to Italy this summer was mostly to small towns and villages with lots of steep hills and stairways (not very practical to get around by bike).

You can imagine how excited I was to come across this little scene while walking through Cortona.

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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy, bicycle, gallery, brick wall, street, village, travel photography

 

Tuscan Rainbow

On the day we were in Montepulciano the weather was iffy at best. The clouds were heavy and the sun was trying it break through. Walking along the narrow streets of the historic town centre we were caught in intermittent rain. We weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from exploring this beautiful, medieval town and when we stopped to take in the view from the ramparts we were rewarded with not one but two rainbows. Look closely…the second one is on the far right.

Have a great week everyone.

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Montepulciano, Italy, Tuscany, hills, rainbow, travel photography

The Candy Stand

When I was in Lerici, Italy my husband and I took a leisurely walk around the waterfront. On that beautiful, sunny day vendors  were lining the small harbour selling handmade crafts and souvenirs but it was the last vendor that really caught my attention.

This scene was as colourful as you see it. I took 3 bracketed exposures to ensure that I caught the full dynamic range of the scene and processed the image in Photomatix.

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Lerici, Italy, candy store, popping colour, travel photography

Villa Cicolina

A couple of days ago I posted an image of the infinity pool at the Villa Cicolina. You can see that post here. The Villa Cicolina was built in the late 16th century and until the end of the 19th century was the country residence of a noble family from Montepulciano.

The villa is located just outside Montepulciano and it was the perfect spot to base ourselves during our visit in Tuscany. Surrounded by lush gardens and old world charm I was entranced from the moment we drove up the narrow, gravel driveway.

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