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I saw this in Italy magazine, and it is appropriate for the coming week. Italy Magazine is free and always has good content.
Content copyright Italy Magazine 2019
Tuscany or Toscana is one of the most famous regions in Italy. Since Frances Mayes wrote “Under The Tuscan Sun” tourism in this region has increased immensely. Also property values have increased also. Toscana comprises a very large area. Plan on a week or more to visit the many wonderful sights. The food, climate and sights are exhilarating. Hills and valleys, morning fog that burns off quickly in the sun. So much to see and feel.
. The movie with Diane Lane helped increase it’s popularity with visions of sunflowers and rustic homes. There are many towns, cities, and regions the compromise Toscana. Florence is a good place to start. Florence or Firenze is the capital of to Toscana. It is a pedestrian city and cars are restricted from the city center.
Florence viewed from Piazzale Michangealo. It is worth the walk across the Arno river and the climb up to view the setting sun. At this time people flock from all over the city to view it. You and have a glass of wine, or a café from any of the numerous bars nearby. I hurried to make sunset and see the spectacular vistas from this perch.
The Duomo, Firenze
Am artist on the Arno river.
Ponte Vecchio Firenze, night time is a great time to walk the city.
An artist work to restore a sculpture at the Uffizi which is a must see. Purchase your tickets in advance with an arrival time and skip the lines. Use the web for tickets.
Below, beefsteak Florentine
Start with a good piece of meat
Served medium rare with a side of veggies.
If you can visit Trattoria Pandemonio, Firenze. You will not be disappointed.
I came upon VIncenza during bike tour in October. A beautiful city in north east Italy. This photo is of Ponte San Paolo
Porticos as we walked to the centro for dinner.
The civic Bissara Tower was built in the late 12th century and overlooks Piazza dei Signori, alongside the famous Basilica Palladiana.
The tower was raised in the mid-15th century to it present height og 82 meters ans is still one of the tallest buildings in Vicenza.
The centro or downtown area is great for dining or shopping.
Upscale Pricing Here
My bike tour group heads for dinner in VIncenza
The trulls are whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. Hut is misleading as they can be quite elaborate. We decided to visit the Apulia area of Italy and found ti to be beautiful and hospitable. Cities like Alberobello, Ostuni, and Trani are well worth the trip down south on the Adriatic side.
The construction is amazing
The architecture style applies to many buildings.
A perfect town to walk in.
This is a beautiful town and well worth the visit. Click on link for map.
Happy New Year to all. Thanks for following the blog in 2018 hope to see you in 2019. Photo Cefalù 2014
From The NY Times here is a quote “Rome is in danger of becoming a dump. I don’t mean the rubbish heap of history, which is how the poet Petrarch envisioned the city in the 14th century. I don’t mean a precious junkyard of alfresco antiquities, Renaissance gems and Baroque treasures. I mean a dump.”
No it is not!
I read a long detailed article in the New York Times Travel Section detailing how Rome has become rundown, and filthy with garbage and trash. It so easy to find everything wrong with a place. Northing is ever perfect and Rome certainly has some areas that could use improvement.
In 2017 we spend eighteen days in Rome staying in an apartment near the Campo dei Fiori. This put us in a neighborhood of mostly residents rather than tourists. Of course my wife and I were tourists, but the people we met were mostly locals and it felt very comfortable.
The area was mostly clean and well kept. I found none of the garbage nor graffiti that the article spoke about. Not to say it was perfect, some time trash bins were not emptied promptly but nothing like what the article depicted.
Many time we strayed to other neighborhoods and found similar situations. Reasonably clean and friendly people. This most trafficked tourists areas had some people soliciting for money, but ignoring them worked perfectly.
Here is my response published in the online version to the Times:
I have traveled to Italy 17 times since the 80s. Last year was our longest trip, two months. Eighteen days were in Rome, near the Campo dei Fiori. We walked 5 to 8 miles a day, took the bus and metro ( thanks to Google maps) and never saw the disaster that was depicted in the article. My wife and I visited several areas away from the center and found them to be clean and free from trash. There will always be some graffiti, but much less than in the mid 1980s. The Campo dei Fiori market closes each afternoon, and the entire piazza is cleaned up in about an hour to become the center for the evening nightlife. Our only encounter with major neglect was in Napoli during several prolonged strikes. Rome is still una bella citta
Do not be discouraged, visit the Eternal City and enjoy its beauty. You will not be disappointed.
Buon anno a tutti. Greg
A short photo journey through Tuscany