A Tuscan Retreat

The farmhouse sits below the small hillside town of Campiglia Marittima which forms the backdrop on the northern skyline. The ruins of the Rocca di Campiglia castle are prominent against the sky.

A Tuscan Retreat

A Tuscan Retreat

An afternoon in Campiglia Marittima

The Italian hillside village where no house is built on a level surface, beautiful and chaotic.

An afternoon in Campiglia Marittima

Tuscany

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Sunrise over the Cornia Valley

The sun rises higher over the distant hills and the sky begins to turn a pale blue. An early morning runner approaches, she looks familiar.

Sunrise over the Cornia Valley

Cornia Valley, Italy

A steep climb to the hilltop town of Campiglia Marittima.

The road turns through a steep S-shaped curve to gain height and I am soon passing the riding stables situated underneath the town of Campiglia. As the sun continues slowly rising, the colour of the trees emerge from the shadows on the hillside.

A Tuscan Hillside Village

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In the Evening

In the evening as the sun cools and dips behind the surrounding hills, the golden light falling across the fields drags the shadows downwards, the cut crops poke like staw spikes from the soil. The encroaching dust highlights the hillside town of Campiglia Marittima, as the colours drain and merge from the landscape, the town appears to recede into the hillside.

In the Evening

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Italian Street Market

We battle to the rear of the market where  there is an open food market, stocked with colourful fruit and vegetable as well as cheese and salami stalls. The shouts of the market sellers across the market  attract the attention of the passing customers, each competing with the neighbouring stall, the atmosphere is colourful and humourous.

Italian Street Market

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Sienna

The sun beats down on our backs as we climb the hill to the walled entrance gates of the city of Sienna. Sticking to the shade at the side of the cobbled streets leading  up to the middle of the city, the tall buildings and narrow streets offer protection from the full glare of the sun, we wander through the back streets on the way to the centre of the city. All  roads lead to the Duomo with every street corner offering a glimpse of the square in front of the Cathedral.

A Sunday in Sienna

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Sienna Duomo