We are captivated by what Luigi Barzini in his book, "The Italians", calls the fatal charm of Italy. Barzini writes that the allure of Italy is that people are attracted to a certain quality in Italian life, whether they know what it is or not. He explains that we visit some places and try to re-create in our minds a life of long ago, of royal splendor, furnished palaces, knights, liveries, servants, and good cooks. We see shadows of distant characters out of novels and crusades. "Sunny Italy" is written into songs and poetry and to the average tourist the Italians seem happy, therefore we are drawn to the illusion that Italy is always sunny and happy and we want to go and relax in la dolce vita, (the good life).
"The pleasure of Italy comes from living in a world made by man, for man, on man's measurements."
There are many regions in Italy, each with their own unique attractions and flavors, but the trips we want to cover in our next few posts are about Tuscany. On our first trip to Tuscany we visited Genoa and then took a train to Cinque Terre for a couple of days, and on to Pisa in the Morning and ended that day in Florence. We then traveled by car to San Gimignano and Volterra, Siena and on to Rome. On the second trip we started in Florence for a day, then spent the next day photographing Siena. The following couple of days we traveled through Monteriggioni and Colle di Val d'Elsa, Volterra. and San Gimignano, and then back to Florence.
We are going to start our photographic visit in Florence because it is the capital city of Tuscany and is often the entry point for many who will visit the region.