I thought I took more pictures of Tuscany than I actually did. I was probably grumbling, sweating and cursing too much from climbing up the hills on our bikes to think about taking pictures with my smartphone.
But luckily, RAS did. So I’m including more of them here. Of course, you’ll see a lot more of me here as a result. Don’t let that deter you from seeing these great photos.
Most of these were taken en route to the villages we stopped at – Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra — and a few other villages.
Gelato…something we ate far too much of, everywhere we went in Italy.
The start of the bike trip in San Casciano . Notice I’m all smiles here. It didn’t last, not after nearly 30 miles of super-hilly riding. But it was all good…eventually.
Part of our tour of the Corsini winery and olive oil farm (Thanks, David, for the great lunch here!). We were then on our own to explore the rolling (more like precipitous) hills of Tuscany.
The piazza in Greve in Chianti, one of our much-needed stops (our bikes are chained to the fence).
Riding into Radda in Chianti. We actually stayed in this town, but because I was exhausted I failed to take any pictures here.
But here’s one RAS took.
The next day, on our way to Siena via a dirt road
Dinner in Siena. All cleaned up, too!
A typical countryside view.
Another water refueling stop in Colle di Val d’Elsa. Isn’t the fountain awesome?
San Gimignano…so close, but still so far away.
Eating pasta and pizza in Italy…what a concept! Enjoying more of it in Volterra.
So, we searched high and low to find Tuscany’s iconic sunflowers (girasole). Of course, it had to be on the last day, on our way to the station for the train taking us to Rome.
They are those streaky yellow blurs, as our taxi zipped right past them.