Some Tuscan Towns and Country

We have driven out from Florence to see more of Tuscany. The traditional landscape of dry yellow fields bordered by tall narrow cypresses is there, but so are rolling forested hills, rocky outcrops bearing hill towns and dry plains bordered by umbrella pines and the sea.

Hemos salido de Florencia para ver más de la Toscana. El paisaje tradicional de campos secos y amarillos bordeados por cipreses altos y estrechos está ahí, pero son colinas cubiertas de bosques, afloramientos rocosos que llevan pueblos de colinas y llanuras secas bordeadas por pinos paraguas y el mar.

Monteriggioni has preserved sections of the medieval city walls, and a tiny town center ringed with cafes and restaurants. Even on a cloudy day it was beautiful, and not as hot as it might have been.


Monteriggioni ha conservado secciones de las murallas de la ciudad medieval, y un pequeño centro de la ciudad rodeado de cafés y restaurantes. Incluso en un día nublado era precioso, y no tan caliente como podría haber sido.







Colle Val di Elsa has a museum of crystal, with a surprising range of objects. Everything is narrow in Colle Val di Elsa.

Colle Val di Elsa tiene un museo de cristal, con una sorprendente gama de objetos. Todo es estrecho en Colle Val di Elsa.

We spent a day in Arezzo, at a huge monthly flea market, looking at streets full of vendors rather than at the countryside over the ramparts. The streets of the town were packed for the weekend. There was gorgeous jewelry, furniture, lots of Murano glass chandeliers, and even antique wood lasts for making shoes. Jonathan found a brass door handle for the Peru house.

Pasamos un día en Arezzo, en un enorme mercado de pulgas mensual, mirando las calles llenas de vendedores más que en el campo sobre las murallas. Las calles de la ciudad estaban llenas para el fin de semana. Había joyas, muebles, montones de lámparas de cristal de Murano, e incluso madera antigua dura para hacer zapatos. Jonathan encontró un tirador de latón para la casa de Perú.

We also spent a day at the beach in Viareggio, and another chasing the Etruscans through Colle Val d’Elsa, Chiusi and Populonia (that will be another post), while getting a peek at the yachts moored in the Gulf of Baratti.

También pasamos un día en la playa en Viareggio, y otro persiguiendo a los etruscos a través de Colle Val d’Elsa, Chiusi y Populonia (que será otro puesto), mientras que echar un vistazo a los yates atracados en el Golfo de Baratti.


Published by winifredcreamer

I am a retired archaeologist and I like to travel, especially to places where you can walk along the shore or watch birds. My husband Jonathan and I travel for more than half the year every year, seeing all the places that we haven't gotten to yet.

2 thoughts on “Some Tuscan Towns and Country

  1. I see the names of places we’ve been together all the time. Yesterday was our big trip to the Uffizi and we had coffee on the terrace again. I was really struck by the memory of our visit there.


  2. Oh You are in all my favorite haunts. Wish I was there with you. Monteriggioni has a great shoe outlet. Just saying…


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