The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Ascend.
There were a number of approaches to this theme that came to mind rather quickly, so you can expect more than one post for this theme…
As a started, I couldn’t help but think of the amount of ascending that my wife and I did while exploring the hill towns of Tuscany this year. These picturesque towns had us climbing everywhere, as very few streets stayed at the same level very long, and none had us do more climbing than Massa Marittima, as we even ascended the tower at the top of the town for an amazing view.
Here’s part of the climbing that we did in Massa Marittima…
Luckily, the great food kept us well-sustained for all this climbing!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; of course, this did generate some ideas, but I landed somewhere unexpected….
As I still had my Lightroom catalog from our trip to la Bella Italia open, why not take a browse? That led me to the little village of Chiusdino, nearby where we stayed in the hamlet of Colordesoli (37 inhabitants). It was a wonderful stay that allowed us to find the Abbey of San Galgano…
A simple iPhone image, as we were just wandering around on our first day in Tuscany. The location was simple magic and filled with spiritual energy, that was amplified by the stunning Sun!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.
In a break from the earlier posts in this series, I am going with a representational image for the Elemental of Earth. In this image, we look toward the strong connection that humanity has with the earth for its sustenance, materials, living space and many other aspects of our daily lives…
This image came about from my noticing this particular field, as my wife and I were driving to the town of Pienza in Tuscany. During the morning there were a number of photographers at this location, so I skipped it, only to find it even more to my liking in the afternoon!
During our vacation in Italy, I got plenty of opportunity to photograph the rooftops in a number of cities. So, why not do a series of posts on rooftops.
This first installment is from the lovely hilltown of Massa Marittima. In this town, we encountered some of the longest, steep climbs, as we made our way to the top to climb even further up the Torre del Candeliere, which provided the first view…
The second image is from walking along those steep streets to catch wonderful views that combine both the old and new…
Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. It sits high on a 605-metre (1,985 ft) limestone ridge, 13 kilometres (8 mi) east of Pienza, 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Siena, 124 kilometres (77 mi) southeast of Florence, and 186 kilometres (116 mi) north of Rome by car.
Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known worldwide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy’s best.
Looking toward Montepulciano
Connecting with neighbors
Some streets are steep
Walking through Montepulciano was an absolute joy with many small alleys and narrow streets that are always picturesque. As you can see from the photos, you get a good workout, as many streets and alleys are steep.
I may have pulled up lame during the relay race at work today due to tearing my hamstring, but there will be more images from Italy! Reduced mobility will keep me in the house more and with less to distract me, such as those great long runs, my time will be spent on photo editing and music!
Both will be the better of it, I hope.
Looking over the Valley
Pecorino de Pienza
Pienza is also the city of cacio, which means cheese! The Pecorino of Pienza is a tasty cheese made from sheep’s milk, renowned worldwide and delicious, which can go from a delicate flavor to a decisive one based on how aged it is.
The town streets are full of small charming shops selling a large quantity of various types of pecorino, from fresh to aged pecorico, that you can taste together with a number of other typical local products, such as fine wines, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Best of both worlds is mixing the pici with the cheese in the famous dish: pici con cacio e pepe.
Cheese shops are on just about every street and alley, and can be tasted in the great restaurants. Our choice of restaurant was La Buca di Enea on Via della Buca; this small restaurant was phenomenal with excellent food (great cheese), a friendly proprietor, who was nice enough to offer us a free digestif at the end of our meal.