Since this week’s theme was inspired by Tuscany, I figured I’d show some images under the Tuscan sun. We saw this gorgeous view of San Gimignano from the patio of the Fattoria Poggio Alloro, after eating the best meal of our entire trip.
By the medieval walls of San Gimignano, we saw this guy taking advantage of the Tuscan sun.
Lastly, we enjoyed the Saturday open air market in Piazza dei Priori in Volterra, another Tuscan hill city with a long history.
While exploring the walls of the medieval city of San Gimignano, we discovered this fascinating door, a lovely surprise. While it appeared to give a beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside, I suspect it may actually have been a portal to another world. It just had that feeling. 🙂
San Gimignano is a quintessential Tuscan town, with medieval architecture and beautiful hilly, countryside views.
Fourteen tower houses have been well preserved, giving the city its unique skyline. (There were originally 72.) The city wall dates from the 12th/13th centuries. San Gimignano flourished until the Black Death swept through Italy in the mid-1300s.
My husband took this cool picture from the city wall; I love the way the corner of the wall points to the buildings below.
And, as a bonus, one of my favorite “leading lines” pictures I’ve ever taken, from the Maumturk Mountains in Ireland.
Some of my favorite landscapes were in Tuscany. All the rolling hills and charming houses and farms, the neat rows of cypress and olive trees…it’s just iconic and beautiful and I could not take enough pictures.