Our October vacation in Tuscany, in the Maremma region in sight of the Argentario peninsula, was spectacularly refreshing. Not only was the beach completely deserted, but we were so far out of civilization we were without television or internet during our stay.
The silence felt deafening, at first. But soon, the hum of modern noise faded away, and all that remained was the gentle Tuscan landscape and the four other people I love most on this earth. We spent our timeless days gathering seashells, listening to the lulling song of the Mediterranean Sea, feeling the breeze whisper its way through the olive groves, smelling the light scent of sunbaked earth under the Tuscan sun, and experiencing the cleansing serenity.
The time was beyond all description … and thus begun my love for Italy.
On a couple days, we ventured to nearby hill towns…
Capalbio, an charming town built around a castle, set on top of a hill
The view through Capalbio’s walls
An unsurpassed view of rural Tuscany, from Capalbio
From the terrazzo of a recommended Tuscan restaurant, set in the countryside beside a castle.
We rode to Rome on the local train (1 hour). The sights there in Rome were beyond our expectations.
My favorite Rome sight: the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon, an incredible architectural feat for its time (31 BC). The dome, the oculus, and architecture as a whole–wow!
Trinita dei Monti, the Cathedral at the top of the Spanish Steps
a sculpture inside, by Michelangelo’s pupil, Daniele da Volterra
the streets of Rome
And back to the sun-kissed Maremma
Thank you for sharing in our adventure to Italy. My final post of our Italian trip will be of our drive home to Prague, including Cinque Terre and Switzerland.