Tuscany - Summer Time


Tuscany - Summer Time

What wonders exist in our world when we see scenes like this. Taken near Siena in Tuscany.

Window of delight

Taken in Tuscani, 2011

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Trulli-Alberobello, Taranto, Italy

A trip to the heel of Italy is not complete without a visit to this most unusual historic village. Here we see many of the Trulli houses. Most Trilli houses of this village are just for show now but some are still inhabited. A great place to wander. "A trullo (plural, trulli) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli generally were constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or, as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. In the town of Alberobello, in the province of Bari, whole districts contain dense concentrations of trulli. The golden age of trulli was the nineteenth century, especially its final decades, which were marked by the development of wine growing." Wiki

Taormina, Sicily from the Teatro Greco - Romano

Taormina in Sicily is a facinating place. The old Greek Theatre built high above the town gives us a great view here. Its hard to believe that these walls were built in the days of the Roman Empire.

Milan Bikes

SPC Domino effect competition May 2019 -runner up. Taken in Milan, Italy in 2013.

The Dolomites, Italy

In 1994 we had a holiday on Lake Garda in northern Italy. At the northern end of the lake was the beautiful town of 'Riva del Garda' from where a climbing road quickly lead us into the beautiful mountain range known as The Dolomites. Here is one of our views I took with my Canon A1 35mm camera. This sight of these three high peaks (Tre cime di Lavaredo) on here is perhaps one of the most famous scenic views of this Alpine range. (see PiP). Original on slide.

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Memories of Tuscany: The Tuscan Landscape

A few days ago, I had the pleasure to review a holiday we had way back in 2011. We stayed for a week, out of season in a holiday home, near a small commune called Cecina, about two miles from the sea and 30 miles south of Pisa. I present here, over the next couple of weeks my pleasant memories of this area starting with an iconic Tuscan landscape, taken on our way to the beautiful towns of Volterra and Siena.

Memories of Tuscany: Marina di Cecina

Our first full chance to relax before seeing our accommodation. Here we are at our local beach of Cecina with a sight that we would never ever see back home in Britain. Matched sun-umbrellas and chairs all lined up in an orderly fashion. Of course, demonstrating that certain Italian flair of matching harmony with nature. Enjoy full screen

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Memories of Tuscany: San Gimignano and its towers

Memories of Tuscany: San Gimignano and its towers Our first full day trip out here in Tuscany was to San Gimignano and Volterra. San Gimignano is famed for its high narrow towers, some show here. This is a beautiful hilltop town but unfortunately I never got the chance to capture it from low down nor far away, showing the classic view. Enjoy full screen "San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time" - www.discovertuscany.com/san-gimignano
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