A rather spontaneous decision lead to me driving the rather long distance from South Tyrol in Austria down to Val d’Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. I had actually intended on spending the few days holiday I had in the Dolomites but the weather was so uninspiring that I needed a plan “B” & this was to be it. In the past I have visited the Renaissance city of Florence twice & was also in Pisa but these visits were with a fixed itinerary with rail travel not allowing for much flexibility. This time though I had a rental car & was looking forward to discovering some of the main attractions in this very picturesque area of northern Italy.
The 500 km drive down from Seiser Alm in South Tyrol passes through Bozen, Trento, Verona, Modena, Bologna & Florence before exiting the E35 Autostrada at Bottai, heading further south on the SR2 via Sienna before reaching San Quirico d’Orcia. I was so glad to arrive & the weather was better than up north that was sure but not the typical Italian weather for this time of year being rather cool & the odd shower here & there.
I met a fellow photographer, an Italian living in Zurich, Switzerland who was very helpful in showing me some of the main photographic places of interest in the area & gave me some super tips on where I could bed down in the evenings without being disturbed. The following 2 days were spent scouting the area by car & hiking through the hills, it is a beautiful area but the light just wasn’t doing justice to the scenery & after the 3rd day the bad weather came to stay. I had to depart with relatively little impressive material meaning that I will have to return in the future. Hopefully with more luck.