Blog 202026 September 2020

Toscana, una estate italiana

Ho passato i mesi di Giugno e in parte di Luglio a girovagare per la Toscana, in particolare nell’interno ma non solo, nella zona del Senese inteso a largo raggio, per fotografare i bellissimi paesaggi che tanto sono stati celebrati in film, libri e, naturalmente, fotografie. Ho ripercorso, in parte, le strade bianche e i luoghi attraversati dall’Eroica, la corsa storica di bici che si tiene ogni anno in Autunno, con partenza e arrivo a Gaiole in Chianti. Appuntamento che non ci sarà però in questo 2020 che, insieme a tanti altri eventi in giro per il mondo, è stato cancellato dal Covid19. Così, partendo da Siena, la storica città del Palio, anch’esso cancellato quest’anno, ho fotografato Murlo, il Castello di Brolio e i dintorni di San Quirico d’Orcia, famoso per le Crete ma anche per quel suo boschetto di cipressi nel mezzo di un campo vuoto “strafotografato” da chiunque passi di là, per caso o per scelta. E scelto da tantissime coppie per le foto post-matrimonio. Ma scorrendo le immagini qui sotto troverete anche foto dell’Abbazia di Monteoliveto Maggiore così come delle spiagge bianche di Vada, sotto Livorno. O ancora Castiglione della Pescaia e la vicina Riserva di Diaccia Botrone. Una “mano” importante me l’ha data il solito drone senza il quale molte inquadrature non sarebbero state possibili in nessun modo. Come al solito spero che le foto vi piacciano e, ovviamente, se così fosse, non esitate a mettere un “like” e, ancora meglio, a lasciare un commento con le vostre considerazioni, belle o brutte che dovessero essere. Prometto di non “censurare” alcun commento!

 

 

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 Archeologic 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 Archeologic 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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