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Photograph of the week: Rustic farmhouse in Tuscany

The elegant scenery offered by rustic towns, vineyards, green rolling hills with glorious golden sunset, picturesque towns make Tuscany a very attractive Region for tourism. From astonishing castles and ancient villas to rustic charming farms and vineyards, this region can make every tourist happy. It is also one of the world’s most notable wine regions that produces some of the most well known Italian wines such as Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano, Antonori etc. But Tuscany has far more than that. Tuscany is the fifth biggest region in Italy with a population of about 3,700,000 and in 2019 there were 48.5 million overnight stays. Of course Florence with its marvel beauty, masterpieces Renaissance art and architecture is not a city to be skipped, and neither are Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. But in the province of Siena, a natural area with clay hills “crete senesi” captures the attention of many worldwide photographers for it is magical scenery. The Crete Senesi Landscape was submerged by the sea until about a million years ago. The clay composition is due to its ancient nature rule of sea basin where sand and slush settled. After the withdrawal of the waters, the erosion process of these soils formed numerous small dome-shaped formations and, with the sun exposure, the sodium sulphate emerged giving them their characteristic light color. Thanks to these natural upheavals, the landscape of the Crete now offers a unique scenario. It can be considered a “world on its own” and defined as a “lunar” lunar-like landscape. This ancient farmhouse, between Crete Senesi, is one of the most well known locations of this area of Siena. It has been beautifully restored and is one of the most visited Tuscan farmhouses by photographers. It is an icon of this area. Thank you to Sonya Lalla for permission to share the photograph. If you have a really special photograph you would like to share with A Luxury Travel Blog‘s readers, please contact us.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Is it really a photograph? I did a double take. It looks more like a watercolour. It’s got the composition of a painting.

    I saw it first on my mobile and thought that it would be better if I saw a bigger version of it so then loaded it up on my desktop.

    Lovely picture.

  2. I always think of bucolic landscapes when I think of Tuscany. It’s considered the starting point for the Italian Renaissance period as well, isn’t it? This photograph is so soft and delicate, it looks more like a painting. What a serene, calming place this must be to see in the flesh.

  3. This picture really sums up the dream holiday for so many us. We’re driving through the Tuscan countryside to a quiet farmhouse for a week of handmade cheeses, homemade pasta, local hams and sausages all washed down by a full-bodied red. I’m just surprised that Waitrose haven’t grasped this picture and used it to brand all their Tuscan produce.

  4. It’s a great photo which brings back memories of some fantastic trips to one of our favourite destinations in Europe. We’ve been to Tuscany a few times in the past and hopefully there will be a few more trips coming up in the future too.

  5. It does look like a watercolor!

    The different names of the wines associated with the region are enough of a reason to visit. The trees lining the winding road reminds me of my trip to the southern municipality of Rome. Almost 50 million overnight stays in Tuscany! Wow.

    So much cultural history to this region, it seems to me. I’ve always wanted to visit Florence. It’s no wonder so many painters come from Italy. Such beautiful imagery.

  6. This looks so much like the hillside above La Foce in the Tuscany region. I had the great fortune to stay there and it was a beautiful setting. Plan on returning as it is such a wonderful estate. And yes many of the pictures I took do look like paintings.

  7. Can’t see much of the farmhouse from the pic, and it would have been lovely to see it up close. I must say, this looks similar to that famous winery in Napa Valley. I guess, they did pattern that winery to these beautiful rustic houses in Tuscany.

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