May 31, 2012

Tuscany, Part 2

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Good Thursday morning to ya! Welcome to Part Two of our road trip through Tuscany :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

This was such a bittersweet day! It was our last day in Italy before taking a train to Rome that evening and getting on an early flight back home the next day.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

On our first day, we didn’t get started until after lunch, but our second day began early.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

I’ve got a map below that shows the driving routes we took through Tuscany, plus a few other routes that were suggested as the “Most Scenic Drives in Tuscany.” If you like, you can follow along on the map to get an idea of where we were for these photos, if you’re looking to plan a trip. :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

We started by taking the Red route from Siena, down the Orange route, then met up with the Yellow route and continued south.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

In the morning we stopped for a walk in Montisi — a beautiful village.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

We continued south on the Yellow route and had lunch in Pienza.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

I absolutely loved the charm and history of the hilltowns we visited. They were surrounded by tall, protective walls. Entry to the town was through a gate. The main road wound its way up to the top of the hill with shops, stores, and restaurants along the way. At the top were beautiful views, or a castle, or a church. Or all three.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

After lunch, we took the Blue loop around the San Quirico d’Orcia region.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

This was a beautiful area. I think the Red and Blue routes were my two favorites.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

House on a hill.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Field of flowers.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Little building.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

A couple.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

It was a beautiful spring day, and I was wearing capris and flip flops here, but I kind of wished I’d worn long pants with socks and shoes for these photos. In some places the grass was really tall! :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Wide open spaces.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

So much color!

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Tuscany sheep.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Wavy hills.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Storm rolling in.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip See GPS Location on Map

A patchwork vineyard.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Afternoon.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip See GPS Location on Map

Tuscan mountains.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Purple mountains?

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Our last photo in Tuscany.

 


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Here’s a map of  the routes we drove along on our two-day itinerary in Tuscany.

Day 1: From Siena: Red and Pink routes. Lunch in Asciano, dinner in Montepulciano. (Photos here)

Day 2: From Siena: Red, Orange, Yellow, routes. Stop in Montisi. Lunch in Pienza. Blue loop. Green, Yellow, and Red route back to Siena. Stopped for pastries at Pasticceria Peccati Di Gola. This was one of my favorite stops of our entire trip! A must-stop if you are a big fan of all things sweets and pastries like me. :)

Thanks so much for looking you guys! Have a great weekend! :)



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1
Vintage Paper Designs May 31, 2012 at 3:15 am

Amazing photos. Feel like I am in the museum staring at the paintings!
Nika

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Cath December 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Luv the photos of your trip! I will be visiting the same areas in 2014! saving money so
I can enjoy Italy for 2 weeks. Any other tips you can e-mail me.

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Brooke May 31, 2012 at 5:25 am

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Are you going to have some of them printed up for your house? Would love to see a post on what you do with your fav pieces!

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Heather May 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

I don’t comment often, but I have to say how much I am enjoying your photography. It’s beyond amazing. What a beautiful opportunity and amazing memories to cherish forever. I LOVE clicking on the pictures to see your settings. Thank you for all the work you put into sharing them.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh May 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

I think Tuscany just moved way up on my ‘to see’ list. Stunning pics Amanda!

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Kathy Nellis May 31, 2012 at 7:23 am

Beautiful pictures of country – thank you so much for sharing!

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Elly May 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

wow! beautiful photos! i wish i had some of your talent! you’re awesome! :-)

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Nancy May 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

Unbelievably beautiful!!

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Kathy May 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thank you so much for sharing your photos of Italy. The shots that you took are gorgeous.

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Jules - julesgoesgreen May 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

I need a digital photography course!!! You’re pics are truly beautiful! Good eye!

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Marilyn Miller May 31, 2012 at 8:41 am

I have loved all these trip posts! One day I will visit. :) You have some awesome photos!!

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Sharman Carroll May 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! Could you imagine waking up to those views every morning?! God’s country for sure!! That is definitely on my bucket list!! Thanks so much!

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Nicole May 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

Fantastic pictures. I love the storm picture. And “The Couple” made me smile, really cute. The whole landscape is gorgeous and I’m sure you couldn’t take your eyes off everything you saw.

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

Wow, the mountains picture! I wish you had the GPS coordinates for that one. All of these are absolutely amazing. And to Sharman’s comment above, we said the same thing when we were in Tuscany. How can the people that live in that area go on vacation and be impressed? It’s like it ruins you. Everywhere we’ve gone since then we say, “Ehh… it’s no Tuscany.” I’m sad that this is the last of the Italy pictures! I was having fun living vicariously through you.

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Amanda May 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I just added the GPS coordinates for the mountains photo just for you! :) I knew they were along the Red route, so I just used Google Maps’ Street View to find them. Unless you were talking about the purple mountains, in which case, I know they were on the Red Route, but I couldn’t find exactly where. But the Red route is a short little drive, so they wouldn’t be hard to find. :) Hope this helps! :)

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

We were on that road and I didn’t notice themI think that means I HAVE to go back. I mean, you went to the trouble of finding me the coordinates (thanks a bunch!) so anything less would be unacceptable. :) And I have to try Pasticceria Peccati Di Gola!

Thanks again! Oh, I dragged my husband in here as I have with all your Italy pictures and at first he groaned and then after seeing the first two, said that you should make your full-sized photos available for download so that we could decorate our living room. I told him that that’d never happen, but have you thought about selling them? :)

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Angie at Angie's Southern Kitchen May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

Beautiful !! Thanks for sharing !! Love being able to see the settings of the camera! Thanks…

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Jessica May 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

so jealous! I love it, thanks for sharing your amazing pictures

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Michelle May 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

Italy should be thanking (and paying) you! These pictures are beautiful.

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jmac May 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

WOW. all I can muster to type about the beauty of your images. And you’re killing me here….making my heart beat faster in anticipation of my trip there in Sept. I may take that EXACT same route while there. Did you use road maps purchased there or did you have GPS in your car? And how did you know where you wanted to go …backroads….did someone lead you in that direction? See? I have one million and one questions!!!!

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Amanda May 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

We bought Italian maps for our Garmin GPS before we left, and they worked great while we were there! I found the routes on DiscoverTuscany.com suggested as “The Most Scenic Drives in Tuscany.” Hope this helps! Have fun in September! :)

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rachel in Cali. May 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

OMG! It’s hard to believe something so beautiful exists! Must put it on my bucket list along with Spain!

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Lynna May 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

wow, everything is just so gorgeous!

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Steven Taylor May 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

The shades of green are awesome in these shots

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Paty Shaulis May 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Amanda! First let me say that your photos are amazing! Italy is my most favorite country but I have never been to Tuscany and your photos make me want to go there! A friend of mine recommended your blog to me today and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I am traveling to Ireland this summer. I have a Nikon D90 and have an 18-270mm telephoto and a macro lens, both of which I am planning on taking with me. I was considering buying a fisheye lens but my friend suggested I buy a wide-angle instead. Is it worth the $700, do you think, to buy the 10-22? Will I not get mostly the same picture with my 18-270? Would you consider a fisheye instead? If you have any thoughts on the subject, I would appreciate it! Regardless, I have become a follower after looking at your site! Thank you!

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Amanda June 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

Welcome Paty!! :) I don’t have a fisheye lens, but I love my 10-22. I take it with me everywhere, it’s probably my second most-used lens, after the 24-70mm f/2.8. :) Have so much fun in Ireland this summer!!

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misjody June 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

Again, BEAUTIFUL! Thanks.

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Ruth June 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Gorgeous photos!

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Ruthie June 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Gorgeous photos! Would you share what you do to each photo in post-processing? Maybe share a before and after, straight-out-of-camera shot with a processed shot? I would love to learn a little bit about how you get the colors so vibrant and saturated.

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Laurie V June 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Awesome pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
You are so lucky to be able to go to such beautiful places!

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Paty Shaulis June 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Thank you Amanda!

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Meredith H June 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I’ve been to Montisi! It’s lovely!

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Shayna P June 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I second Ruthie’s comment! I would love to see how you enhanced your photos through editing. Love your blog and your photos, yours is the only blog I follow, its just too addicting.

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binhtheredonethat June 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Amazing photos, making me want to visit Tuscany!

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Eileen June 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks so much for the Tuscany pics – loved it! I don’t travel as much but thanks to you, in a way I do! Thanks for sharing!

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Debbie Doud June 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

Amanda,
I miss Miley and Howey. Where do they go while you are traveling so much??

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Lynda June 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Absolutely enjoyed seeing allthe Pics! it was also wonderful to “NOT” see any billboards to mar the view! thanks for sharing! :}

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Kuntal March 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

Hi Amanda,

Fabulous pics. We are planning a trip to Tuscany and would love to take the route suggested by you. Can you please give an idea how much was the drive time approximately for both the days?

Thanks and ton!
Kuntal

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Krista April 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Hi Amanda, I have been waiting for this day to come… When we take our dream trip to Italy. we will be following your Tuscany itinerary. thank you for sharing this info with us!!! It’s nice to ‘know’ people who have been and what they liked.

Question: Do you recommend any other good dining with Tuscany? I trust your foodie pallette and would be to know where to go! I for sure will try the Patisserre. thanks!

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Angel May 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hi Amanda!

We’re planning a trip to Italy in the beginning of June. Our itinerary is packed including: Fly into Florence & explore, take a day trip to Venice via Train, drive from Florence to Siena (exploring along the way), a day trip to Cinque Terre from Siena, Drive southern Tuscany from Siena to Orvieto & hop an evening train to Rome, a day in Rome & then 3 days on the Amalfi Coast before flying back out of Naples.

Your pictures were amazing and your map is the exact part of Tuscany that I want to see. A couple of questions for you:
1. Do you recommend where you stayed at in Tuscany and if so, where was it? :)
2. You mentioned that on your Tuscany Day 2 drive, you did the drive and then returned to Siena to take the train to Rome? What time was your train to Rome? Wondering if we shoud do this rather than just driving to Orvieto.
3. How long would you say you were driving on Day 2? Again…just trying to see this amazing countryside that you took pictures of all in enough time to get to Rome by 6pm.

Thanks!!
Angel

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