Siena untamed – the She-wolf of Tuscany

Siena (means the she-wolf) is full of energy, belly but­tons, flirts, kisses and drums and sexy­ness. “Siena it’s pas­sion­ate and con­tem­pla­tive, known and unknown, steps and alley­ways of days long gone”  Dante Alighieri Vis­it­ing it, I took no touris­tic route, nor today, nei­ther two weeks ago when I saw the city the first time. I have just walked where… 

Cortona-the Hollywood star that kept her soul

Despite Hol­ly­wood suc­cess with Under the Tus­can Sun in 2003,  “Cor­tona kept its soul: there is noth­ing forced or false about the rhythms of life here.” – Tus­canynowand­more Cor­tona is in Tus­cany, 212 km from Rome, and 63 from Siena. I arrived in Cor­tona on a very hot May-day with 32°C.  I was dri­ving up the hill to… 

Florence 7 centuries of open air Gothic Museum

The Flo­ren­ti­nes say that the mak­ing of Flo­rence started 700 years ago and is still work in pro­gress. Five gen­er­a­tions of Flo­ren­ti­nes and their artists, all com­pet­ing with each other are the rea­son for the birth of Renais­sance. Flo­ren­ti­nes are very cre­ative and com­pet­i­tive peo­ple and for cen­turies they wanted to do what no one else has done. And they… 

Italy- The Castle of Miramar

After leav­ing Flo­rence, the next thing I had in mind was the medieval Slove­nian city of Piran, so I was head­ing in its direc­tion. I wanted to visit also the Tri­este Golf sea vil­lages and was dri­ving relaxed on the seaside road, still in Italy, when I spot­ted the Castle of Miramar.The castle is located in the North of… 

Italy-Tuscany and its Val D’Orcia

– Val D’Orcia is a Nature pro­tected  600 km ² area in Italy,  close to Siena in the heart of Tus­cany, famous for its splen­did scenic pic­tures, its wine, olive oil, cheese and their qual­ity. I made acquain­tance with Val D’Orcia dri­ving on its coun­try roads, with no time pres­sure. I stopped many times to pho­tograph its val­leys and… 

Italy – Cinque Terre, The Five Lands which are actually Seven

Where is it? Cinque Terre is in Lig­uria the west coast of Italy, 450 km from Rome and 230 from Milano.  It is called Cinque Terre because of the first 5 vil­lages UNESCO enlisted in its her­itage, later adding another two: Mon­terosso al Mare, Ver­nazza, Corniglia, Man­arola, Riomag­giore, Por­tovenere and Tra­monti di Campiglia. 6 solid rea­sons to see Cinque…