Italy: A Visit to Tuscany
Tuscany: a region of Central Italy, formerly a grand duchy (a territory ruled by a duke or duchess); an exquisitely beautiful setting, aloof and apart from the outside world; quiet, serene.
Sounds and sights and scents of a perfect setting command our full attention. My companions (sister-in-law, Carol; niece, Christine; and friend Inger-Anne) want to miss nothing. We gape wide-eyed at everything in sight. We listen. We smell. We touch. We taste.
Variegated patchworks of spring greens cover rolling hills and valleys as far as the eye can see, holding us captive to the beauty of Tuscany.
Yellow, orange, tan, and apricot-colored villas with clay tile roofs crown many hilltops, standing majestically in time.
Symmetrical rows of carefully pruned grapevines line the hills in orderly array, soaking up the warm afternoon sun.
Dusty green olive trees show their new spring-green leaves amidst the dark green of last season, getting ready to produce new fruit.
Climbing white wisteria and light blue flowers of rosemary bushes scent the air, teasing our senses.
Wild cherries beg to be picked and eaten.
Red poppies stand royally among the roadside weeds.
A dusty toad, caught in freeze-action on the gravel road at night, waits for our car to pass to reclaim his territory. (I entertain my friends by slipping into a roadside ditch trying to take this little hopper’s picture!)
Two ring-tailed pheasants run through tall grass in an olive grove, evading our curious eyes and ready cameras.
Our car’s tires (A Mercedes!) crunch and bounce on the rutted gravel road, leaving a trail of flying dust.
We hum as we try to match the sound of our car’s tires on a short piece of pavement oddly interspersed on the long twisting gravel road that climbs to our hill-top villa: Il Borghetto.
Welcome to Tuscany and an adventure in history, culture, and beauty.
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Oh, I so want to be back in Italy! I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures. 🙂
Thanks, Tami. I plan to write some more blog posts about the trip. And I want to go back again!
What a beautiful memorable trip. How often do you take these adventures?
Yes, Don, it was a memorable trip. Wish I could take more adventures like this, but life at home keeps me from it. But next out-of-US trip is tentatively scheduled for December. On the fence about that one for now. Gotta save some more pennies.
Gorgeous photos! Looks like a memorable trip.
Thanks. It was a great trip. We did so many interesting things, and we weren’t on a rushed schedule. We had some days to just wander around, and we discovered alleys and shops and gelati shops. That was fun. We walked miles and miles every day.
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Sounds – and looks – like it was lovely. It’s been about 20 years since I was in Italy. Gosh!
This was my third trip to Italy. The first one I made exactly 50 years ago when I was a kid (well, actually, a college junior). The second I made exactly 20 years ago. Maybe I’ll go again in 10! This was my first visit to the Tuscany countryside, but I have been to Florence before. I am still gushing about the trip!
I went during winter the first and only time I’ve been. Must go at a better time of year one day!
I haven’t been to Italy in ages! You’ve made me want to go back right now!
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