With this post, I’ve decided to let the pictures speak for themselves. So much has been written about Tuscany, how much more could I really add to the conversation? Superlatives aren’t sufficient to describe it. For this reason, I will allow my photos to do the talking.
I’m also kind of stuffed with a lot of pasta, gelato, bread, olive oil, cheese and of course chianti classico. So forgive me for being in a temporary food-and-wine-induced stupor and having difficulty finding the right words.
(By the way, if you are looking for the Tuscany of rolling vineyards, technocolor flower fields, patterned rows of wheat fields and olive tree groves, set alongside stone villas and fattorie (farms) you won’t find it here. Those were taken on the bike trip with my phone camera, and those photos will have to wait until we get home…when I have my data plan up and running again)
Siena’s Duomo and Cathedral
Two views of the Piazza del Campo, Siena
In Siena, the neighborhoods are divided into 17 contrades, or districts. They just finished the town’s most famous event, a horse race called Il Palio, where 10 of the 17 districts compete. We just missed the festivities by two days, and thank God, because it would’ve been wall-to-wall people and likely decreased our enjoyment of the town by twenty-fold.
One of those contrades had a neighborhood celebration. Since it was the “turtle” area (tartuca), I had to take a couple of pictures for NLS, who loves them.
The neighborhood water fountain, where we got our much-needed water for the bike trip leg to San Gimignano.
San Gimignano, with its famous medieval towers (and the coolest guy in the world)
A bride and groom exiting the town church (one of three ceremonies that day).
Piazza della Cisterna, the town’s main center.
One of the best views we had anywhere in Tuscany was right from our hotel window in San Gimignano.
We finally ended our bike trip in Volterra, made recently famous by the silly “Twilight” books and even sillier movies. Apparently, they didn’t film the Volturi installment here, but in nearby Montepulciano. Still, I’ve been told that this building is very similar to the one shown in the movie.
A Roman ampitheater that until 60 years ago was the town dump…hard to imagine.
Just outside Volterra’s old town
The ancient Etruscan Arch, dated from the 4th century, B.C.
No sign of vampires here…
So I’m finally caught up, and we’ll be in Rome this time tomorrow. I’ll post here as soon as I can find a decent internet connection.