The land folds gently in the Val D'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Podere Belvedere is a handsome and iconic villa scene in the Val D'Orica.
Standing by the wall in Pienza, I could gaze out to the Val D'Orcia and enjoy the view. The air was warm and the scene even warmer.
This view from Pienza of the surrounding countryside shows the roll of the land and its many textures.
Looking over a young olive grove in the Val D'Orcia gives a feeling that in this little pocket of the world all is well.
Grapevines, olives and surrounding fields of sprouting winter wheat are softened by the hazy Tuscan light.
In this shot, I am standing in a plowed field of garlic (quite pungent) while photographing this lovely scene of colors and cypress trees.
In front of me, the lovely golden foliage of autumn is sweet in the early morning.
As much as I wandered through the hill town of Pienza, now and then, I would walk to the outer ramparts to take in the view.
From the top of the wall in the small town of Monteneggrioni, I could look out at the vineyards and surrounding countryside on a misty morning.
After moving on to the hill town of San Gimignano (a shopping mecca) I enjoy the view while wandering through its side streets and think about having some of the best gelato in all of Tuscany.
Mid-morning found us at a plowed field near Cappella di Vitaleta, a reminder that Tuscany is a farming community as well as a heavenly tourist destination.
Looking over a sewn field at the small, but renowned, Cappella di Vitaleta, known affectionately as The Little Church.
A closer look at the Little Church and its neighboring barn.
As I gaze towards San Quirico over the curves of these sewn fields of winter wheat, the line of yellow trees drew my attention.
What I love about this view of the surrounding countryside near the village of San Quirico are the changes in colors and textures as the land rises.
Near to Monticchiello is a much-photographed ZigZag Road. What caught my eye was how the road parallels the nearby gully in the fields, both following the contours of the land.
Her is a closer look at the ZigZag Gully over the shadowy plowed fields.
Nearby farmers prepare a field likely for sewing winter wheat.
Plowed fields and cypress trees by a vineyard near Montalcino make an attractive though minimalist scene.
After lunch and a stroll in the town of Greve, we stopped on this scenic road. Here I am looking up at cypress trees, an olive grove and grapevines near Greve.
Intriguing how most of the landscape seems somewhat randomly planted, except that neat diamond of vines in the middle.
The colors of the grape leaves dazzle the autumn landscape near Greve.
A dirt country road to a Villa in the Chianti Region looks as if it might continue on up to the hill town.
Orderly rows of grapevines in the autumn sun in the Chianti region combine rusts, golds and dark greens in an enchanting patina.
As the late afternoon sun warms the land, the colors of the soil and foliage intensifies.
Warm colors of late afternoon glow out of patchwork fields as evening approaches.
A rich tapestry of colors presents itself with some grapevines still green, others turning gold and russet, and a olive grove going a dark grey-green.
Looking out late in the day from Pienza down and over the nearby landscape to the hills and mountains beyond.
Here in the Val D'Orcia, lines of cypress stand out distantly over a land carpeted in the late day glow.
Farmland in the Val D'Orcia with a wandering farm road in the late afternoon tempts the visitor to follow it.
As the sun lowers to the horizon, the plowed and harrowed fields fold along the landscape like a brown woolen cloak.
Two lovers walk along as the sun sets, lighting up the undulating landscape and lone cypress tree.
A handsome villa stands alone against darkening clouds catching the sun's last rays.
The clouds take on the pinks of the end of the day over the soft hills.
The sun has set, leaving the clouds to reflect back the glorious memory of its departure.
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