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San Quirico D’Orcia is a small medieval town located between Pienze and Montalcino. The town is encircled by fortified walls and walking through the tiny streets throws you back to a time long forgotten. The historic city centre is home to about 2,500 inhabitants and there are 4 entrances into the city along the wall. All roads lead to the Piazza della Libertà which is the heart of the town.

As with all small, Tuscan town today one can find stores selling cheeses and pasta, leather goods and of course small restaurants offering homemade delicacies that one can only dream of at home.

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San Quirico D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, restaurant, travel photography, village

 

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Cypress Trees of San Quirico D’Orcia

The town of San Quirico D’Orcia lies halfway between Pienza and Montalcino right on a hilltop (don’t they all in Tuscany). Just before you arrive in San Quirico you’ll pass by a crop of Cypress trees which are probably the most photographed in all of Tuscany.

I was hoping for rolling green hills, which is what you’re supposed to get in the summer but that was not to be. Still I loved standing there and photographing these tree and the area. I will share more in future posts.

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Cypress Trees, San Quirico D'Orcia, Italy, hills, Tuscany, travel photography


The Daily Special

I know it’s Halloween and this isn’t a very Halloweenie picture but I just finished processing it last night and was very pleased with the way it turned out.

It was late afternoon and the sun was streaming down on this small street in Montepulciano when I saw this gentleman diligently writing out the evenings specials on the menu board. What a perfect street photography scene. I quickly took the picture and checked my histogram on the back of the camera to make sure that I haven’t clipped my highlights and everything looked fine.

Once I started processing the image I realized that the waiter’s jacket was a bit too bright for my liking so I toned it down a bit and then used Topaz B&W Effects to convert the image to black and white. I loved the way the shadows popped in the B&W as well. I just participate in a 5-Day Black and White Challenge on Facebook and it just renewed my love for Black & White. If you’d like to see the images I submitted for that challenge you can see them on Facebook page here.

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, restaurant, waiter, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography


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


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