Viva Italia!

Previously my blog has been all things wedding … and engagement, mitzvahs, and family portraiture. For a change of pace, I thought I’d share a few favorite shots from my recent trip to Tuscany. The color palette of rich ochre, rust, brown and terra cotta was a feast for my eyes! The amazing history, the art and architecture made my heart sing. And let’s talk about the food and wine (of course gelato is included in that category), not to mention beautiful Florentine marbled paper and leather goods! The Cinque Terre and Portofino areas offered pastel as well as bright hues and a seaside experience.  Oh my… Exploring all with my daughter was just about the best time I could imagine!

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Ponte Vecchio (the “Old Bridge”). The Vasari Corridor pathway above was created by the Medicis to travel from one palace to another across the Arno River without having to actually mingle with their subjects.

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The Duomo is a constant focal point in the Florentine skyline. We climbed to the top; the spiral staircase actually goes between the two layers of the dome structure.

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Okay, so one teeny, tiny aspect of this incredible cathedral was likely an artist’s lifetime work.

The Arno at night.

The Arno at night.

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Monterosso al Mare, where we stayed while at the Cinque Terre.

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Riomaggiore, another of the 5 villages.

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Siena.

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Vernazza.

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Chianti.

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Another Riomaggiore.

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Site of Florence’s best gelato, Badiani.

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Monterosso.

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Interesting way to make a buck.

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Monterosso. Looks like a painting by my friend Tom Swimm.

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Monterosso.

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Siena. Nice the way the laundry matches the building 🙂 Apparently even the most wealthy in Florence don’t believe in clothes dryers.

Me and my girl, Chloe Rose.

Me and my girl, Chloe Rose.

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