Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Under the Tuscan Sun

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks of field trips, etc. We have stayed mostly around Orvieto, traveling to Tuscany and the area. Below is a picture from Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny town (population 20) in the middle of a canyon. Essentially, the town hasn't been touched for several hundred years so it looks very much like it would have in the height of it's power.

Just to show the drama of the landscape. There are no cars on the cliff, so everyone must approach it across a pedestrian bridge. The inhabitants have to make a steep 20 minute trek to Bagnoregio to get groceries.

I had to take the obligatory pictures with the leaning tower. The tower complex was very beautiful with all it's white buildings, but that is pretty much all there is to see in the city. I suppose one could say that about Orvieto as well.

Ahh, Siena. Siena was beautiful. It probably didn't hurt that the weather was awesome that day. We spent about an hour soaking up the sun in the Campo gazing at the tower and the Italian highschoolers running around.

Awesome colors in Siena. I did this picture for one of my required "beautiful drawings" for class. It turned out alright, but probably not as beautiful as in person.

And finally, something I have spent a lot of time doing lately: enjoying gelato. Pretty much amazing. This is the best place in Florence for real, not touristy gelato. I love it.

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