Photographs of Tuscany, the Chianti, hilltowns, Val D'Orcia, olive groves, vineyards, San Gimignano, Lucca, Saturnia, Pietrasanta, Pienza and Siena


Photographs of Tuscany's Humble Unsung Beauties
Vineyards, Country Churches, Farm Roads, Cypress and Olive Groves

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Italy is relatively tiny -- only the world's 70th largest country -- and yet is home to over half the planet's registered artworks. Still, despite the plethora of landmark statues, Renaissance paintings and ancient artefacts that abound everywhere you look, it is the country's humble, unsung beauties that stay in our mind's eye after we return home. The simple hillside villages and their cobblestone lanes; the rolling fields dotted with black-green cypress stands and silvery-green olive groves; the abandoned churches; the commonplace butcher shops and bakeries and fruit stands; the lovingly tended family grapevines whose vintages will never win an award but will always warm the heart as they go down..... These are the joys of Italy, and nowhere are they more abundant than in Tuscany. Here are a few snapshots from our own forays down every single dirt road and into every stone village in the region.



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Olive Trees & Grapevines, Tuscany's Unofficial Logo

 


Village in the Chianti

 


Val D'Orcia

 


Val D'Orcia

 


The Chianti

 


The Rooster, Trademark Symbol of the Chianti

 


Near San Gimignano

 


Olive Trees and Juniper Trees

 


Cypress Trees

 


Belltower with Rosemary and Cypress

 


La Vendemmia, Harvest Time

 


Grapes on the Vine

 


Grapevines & Mt. Amiata

 


Outside Lucca

 


Some Tuscan's Backyard

 


The Ancient Roman Gate to Saturnia

 


Butcher Shop in Pietrasanta

 


Sant'Antimo hasn't changed much since Charlemagne stopped by
on his way home from the Crusades

 


Medieval Abbey

 


Brickwork Ceiling of the Medieval Abbey

 


Pienza, Hilltown Par Excellence

 


Pienza is a Perfect Renaissance Town

 


A Perfect Renaissance Cat

 


The Green Hills of Siena

 


Creti Senesi, The Clay Hills of Siena

 


Miraculously, this church survived a World War II
carpet bombing that razed everything around to the ground


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