Good to know about Florence, and Arriverderci

Arriverderci means “until we see each other again.” We will return to Italy in September after cooling off for two months in Ireland. I’ve already commented on dealing with crowds (“Top Ten” post),  so here are a few interim comments on Florence and our Italian travels in general. Arriverderci significa “hasta que nos veamos deContinue reading “Good to know about Florence, and Arriverderci”

Hill Towns of all Sizes

We visited three of the smaller hill towns: Monteriggioni, Montepulciano and San Gimignano. All of these have most of their ancient encircling walls intact, and a central area with narrow streets and relatively tall buildings that date from times when people  felt safer living within the walls. Each town has its charms. Visitamos tres deContinue reading “Hill Towns of all Sizes”

Pisa, Festa di San Ranieri

We arrived in Pisa midday to see the sights. The Cathedral, Baptistry, Leaning Tower, and Camposanto were all established around the same time on what was then the edge of the city. Unlike churches in other cities they are set apart in their own grassy park, the Campo dei Miracoli, the Field of Miracles. TheContinue reading “Pisa, Festa di San Ranieri”

The Uffizi Gallery–Custodian of the Renaissance

The Uffizi Gallery is one of those must-see places, whether you know much about it or not. I am not sure I could have told you when the Renaissance began or ended or what its art looked like before we visited, but now I have a clearer idea. This is largely because we had anContinue reading “The Uffizi Gallery–Custodian of the Renaissance”

The High Noon Birdwatching Society

Italy is not known for birdwatching, yet we’ve had a couple of excellent experiences lately.  After visiting the archaeology museum in Chiusi, we had our picnic beside Lake Chiusi where we found a flock of Great Crested Grebes in their summer mating colors. We did not see any of the mating ritual they are knownContinue reading “The High Noon Birdwatching Society”

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 laContinue reading “Some Tuscan Towns and Country”