Our tour to Tuscany began October 20. The weather was great, skies were blue. But then came what will go down in the books as one of the worst storms to hit Italy. Venice was under water and parts of the Cinque Terre were hit hard as well as was Rome. We got the southern edge of that storm and while we were ducking showers from time to time, shooting was just about non-stop. Our worst day, where it poured pretty hard, we were indoors enjoying a five-course lunch (yes, wine with each course) at Castello Banfi near Montepulciano.
We photographed a few iconic sites, especially in Florence, but most of our shooting was in the vineyards where fall colors were gorgeous and in the towns and villages which are always interesting.
All-in-all, a great voyage and a fun time. Here are a few images captured by our tour participants:
Here's an offering from Alex Sneiders. Note the warm orange-ish light against blue cloud colors of late afternoon.
The path (along with the row of pines) takes our eye right to the building in the background in this image by Barbara Banks
Bill Hilton shares this image of beautiful autumn colors in the vineyard
A walkway atop a town wall with vineyards in the background all say "Tuscany". This image from Ann Sneiders
Not all participants were photographers. Here's a nice watercolor sketch from Jackie Heupel
A nice view of the landscape from Pienza where we spent four nights. This image from Kristi Iverson.
Jim Heupel captured this nice view of Ponte Vecchio and the Aroo River in Florence
Sherry Reese's lovely capture of a Tuscan scene that's quite painterly
Nice street scene with bench by Ned Reese.
Finally, our group at our final dinner in Florence. A great group; a fun group.