Tuscany, Italy

On many train trips throughout Italy I have watched out my window as the passing landscapes of Tuscany took my breath away. On my month-long trip to Italy in October I had planned to spend my last week in Rome. My Italian photographer friend and guide, Paolo De Faveri (see his website) suggested that instead of spending the entire week in Rome I should take the train up to Florence and meet him. He said we could drive down to Tuscany and spend several days shooting sunrises and sunsets. I thought that made a lot of sense and would be a great opportunity to see Tuscany. The resulting photographs turned out to be some of the best I took on my Italy trip. I am very grateful to Paolo for optimizing our time in Tuscany and working very hard, driving to locations before sunrise and well after sunset to get great shots.

Olive Trees and Vineyard in Tuscany at sunrise, Italy

Sunrise near Pienza in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, Italy

Lone tree and fields at sunrise in Tuscany, Italy

Flower-covered gate at Tuscany bed and breakfast

Picking olives in Tuscany, Italy

I was lucky to be in Tuscany during olive picking season. It’s an amazing thing to watch. They spread a large net under the trees and basically shake the olives off the trees onto the ground.

Picking olives, Tuscany, Italy

Panorama of vineyard in Tuscany, Italy

Morning light on the town of San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany Vineyard after harvest in October, Italy

Grape leaves in the October sun, Tuscany, Italy

Farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy

Sheep in Tuscany, Italy

Side-lit fields in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, Italy in autumn

Dawn breaking in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Collegiate Church of San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy at night

Pienza Cathedral and Piazza Pio II at night, Pienza, Italy

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