Florence & Tuscany are next on our stops – two beautiful regions of Italy. Florence is a very charming town and everywhere you go, you see the dome or The Duomo. It appears from every vista, at the end of many streets and from the surrounding hills. It looms over the city as almost a guardian. And, it is beautiful. You will see many shots of the dome in this post and some everyday scenes around Florence.
I am in love with this image. You may have seen it before in another post, but I had to share it again. This probably my favorite shot from Florence and maybe all of Italy. It was taken on my Holga with the now discontinued Fuji B/W film. I had just a second to capture it and I love the composition of the couple below the arch and the activity of the carousel beyond. The fur coat on the old woman, her cane and the little dog are just my favorite.
Tuscany, oh Tuscany! Talk about beauty. This region of Italy is so beautiful and so different from all of the other places I visited. It is so quaint and charming and paints a picture of living in the countryside. From the rolling hills to the olive groves, vineyards, farms & villas, this area is definitely one of my favorites (but not THE favorite). On my first trip to Italy, I spent a few days in this region, but on my second trip, I had more time to explore it and see many hidden jewels. I could definitely live in Tuscany. It’s laid-back atmosphere and nice residents make you feel like you are at home. A holiday in the Tuscan hills is definitely on my list of vacations to take. An entire week or two laying at the pool in the summertime and driving around in a convertible enjoying local wine sounds great to me!
Many of these images in Tuscany were taken at the Fontebussi Resort and La Selva Villa. The Fontebussi is built around an old, abandoned Tuscan village. The accomodations were great and the rooms were very spacious and had views of the surrounding hills & farmland. The resort had a small conference center that looked out onto a terraced herb garden & the fields beyond. The owners also own all the land around the resort and farm olives & other crops from the hills. The olive groves were unbelieveable as you may have seen from THIS POST of the shoot we did in the grove at The Italy Workshop.
So, as you can see, we’re at the end of the week BUT…I still have a few more places to take you on this trip around Italy. We’re going to keep the Italy posts going into next week so you can see it all! Stay tuned & I hope you’ll be dreaming of Tuscany all weekend while you wait to see where we go next. I know I will be dreaming of Tuscany. Ciao e buon fine settimana a tutti!