Blog 2020Saturday September 26th, 2020

Tuscany, an Italian summer

I spent the months of June and, partly, July to wandering around the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Mostly the central area, Siena and around, to take pictures of the landscapes celebrated in so many movies, novels and, of course, photos. I tracked back the gravel roads where the Eroica takes place, the famous vintage cycling event born in the village of Gaiole in Chianti. Eroica that every Fall, early October, gather thousands and thousands of people dressed in vintage colorful outfits with their “ancient” bikes. This year, though, due to Covid19, also the Eroica will miss the beat as many other events around the world that see a lot of people involved in the same spot all together. So, keeping Siena, the historical medieval city where the “Palio” is “the faith”, as starting point I went to Murlo, an isolated little village nestled on top of a hill then at the Castle of Brolio, where the first “Eroici” tackle the steep slope leading to the Castle when the sunrise is yet to come and the San Quirico d’Orcia surroundings. San Quirico is famous for its “Crete” but above all for that group of cypress trees, the symbol of Val d’Orcia, standing alone in the middle of endless rolling hills. That “boschetto” has been featured on many postcards, books, documentaries as well as backdrop for many newly married couples. Browsing the images below, you’ll also find the Monteoliveto Maggiore Abbey as well as the white beaches of Vada, near Livorno as Castiglione della Pescaia with the nearby natural reserve of Diaccia Botrone. A big help, as usual, came from my drone whose point of views allowed to me to photograph from different perspective otherwise impossible. As always I hope you’ll like my pix and, in that case, don’t hesitate to hit the “like” button or, even better, to leave a comment with your thoughts, good or bad, doesn’t matter. Promise I’ll keep those comments as they are.

 

 

Italy, Tuscany, landscape near San Quirico d’Orcia in Val d’Orcia.

 

Italy, Tuscany, landscape near San Quirico d’Orcia in Val d’Orcia.

 

Italy, Tuscany, landscape near San Quirico d’Orcia in Val d’Orcia

 

Italy, Tuscany, landscape near San Quirico d’Orcia in Val d’Orcia

 

Italy, Tuscany, landscape near San Quirico d’Orcia in Val d’Orcia

 

Italy, Tuscany, Campiglia Marittima, Livorno province – Campo alle Buche (literally “field with holes”) is an old mining area, located at the southernwest foot of Monte Rombolo, which has been exploited by both underground and open pit mine workings in the 19th and early 20th century, although there are evidences of older (Etruscan?) mining activity.

 

Italy, Tuscany, Campiglia Marittima, Livorno province – the Fortress of San Silvestro, topping a hill, are the remains of a small medieval village of miners, wanted by the lords of Gherardesca to control the extraction of minerals which was made among these mountains. Lived from 1000 until 1300, the village grew to up to 250 people being totally self-sufficient despite the lack of water sources in the area. In town there were in fact the oven, the church, the water tanks and vegetable gardens, and all, including women and children, worked in the mines and made shift to cover the rest of the activities necessary to the survival of the community. Now it is part of the Archaelogic and Mineral Park.

 

Italy, Tuscany, Campiglia Marittima, Livorno province – the Fortress of San Silvestro, topping a hill, are the remains of a small medieval village of miners, wanted by the lords of Gherardesca to control the extraction of minerals which was made among these mountains. Lived from 1000 until 1300, the village grew to up to 250 people being totally self-sufficient despite the lack of water sources in the area. In town there were in fact the oven, the church, the water tanks and vegetable gardens, and all, including women and children, worked in the mines and made shift to cover the rest of the activities necessary to the survival of the community. Now it is part of the Archaelogic and Mineral Park.

 

Italy, Tuscany, Livorno province, Vada – the white beach due to pollution from the nearby Solvay factory

 

Italy, Tuscany, San Vincenzo, Livorno province – The Unicalce plant right in the middle of vineyard on the SP 20 Campiglia Marittima as seen from the sky

 

Italy, Tuscany, Siena by night as seen from above

 

Italy, Tuscany, Siena – Piazza del Campo

 

Italy, Tuscany, Siena – Piazza del Campo, Fonte Gaia

 

Italy, Tuscany, central Siena as seen from above

 

Italy, Tuscany, central Siena as seen from above

 

Italy, Tuscany, Murlo, province of Siena

 

Italy, Tuscany, Murlo, province of Siena

 

Italy, Tuscany, Asciano (SI) – Abbazia di Monteoliveto Maggiore

 

Italy, Tuscany, Asciano (SI) – Abbazia di Monteoliveto Maggiore

 

Italy, Tuscany, Asciano (SI) – Abbazia di Monteoliveto Maggiore

 

Italy, Tuscany, province of Siena, Chiantishire – cypresses and rolling hills design the landscape

 

Italy, Tuscany, Gaiole in Chianti (SIENA) – Villa Vistarenni, a small sixteenth-century building perfectly restored neo-Renaissance style

 

Italy, Tuscany, province of Siena, Chiantishire – cypresses and rolling hills design the landscape

 

Italy, Tuscany, province of Siena, Chiantishire – cypresses and rolling hills design the landscape

 

Italy, Tuscany, Province of Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia – Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve. La Casa Rossa Ximenes, or Red House of Ximenes, was built by Jesuit engineer Leonardo Ximenes in 1765-68 as part of the reclamation of the marshland of Castiglione della Pescaia. The reclamation process was by controlled flooding and deposition with the hydraulic control of winter high-waters, while ensuring adequate water supply for fisheries in the dry periods.

 

Italy, Tuscany, Province of Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia

 

Italy, Tuscany, province of Siena, sunset in Chiantishire

 

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Siena province, Gaiole In Chianti – Brolio castle and vineyards around the property

 

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Siena province, Gaiole In Chianti – Brolio castle and vineyards around the property

 

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Siena province, Gaiole In Chianti – Brolio castle and vineyards around the property

 

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