Goodbye for now, Italy!

As with most good things (and luckily a fair few bad ones), it all must come to an end. On a nice day in September, the sky akin to Microsoft’s Windows 98 screen saver, we gave the car back to the Milan airport rental company and flew home. As cheesy as it might sound, the last record played by the car stereo before we turned it off one last time, 1,600 kms after we took it, was Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t stop. So, in true Grand Tour fashion (think the Amazon show, not the toffs heading to Italy to catch syphilis and cirrhosis), here’s a series of galleries of what we saw in the rest of our Tuscan journey. Just whistle don’t stop thinking about tomorrow as you flicker through them. As usual, open on any photo to start the slideshow.
Stormy Burano, a couple of views from Giudecca and a Canal Grande sunset, just because it’d be rude not to.
Ferrara, land of sweet accents, tan bricks and bicycles. It’s not a coincidence if Marco Pantani, the unforgettable Pirata, was born in this region.
Tuscany: San Giminiano, with its quirky art, tourists and painters; Pienza, smelling of Popery as the Protestants would say; Montalcino and its Siena Republic’s sign, and finally San Quirico.
And at last, Siena. Where the Contrade are the real deal.
That’s it from Italy. It’s been great to come back and visit.
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19 Responses to Goodbye for now, Italy!

  1. J.D. Riso says:

    A grand finale to what looks like a fabulous trip. The cobwebs photo is so atmospheric. Siena seems particularly intriguing. Love the monochrome tones. So where you off to next, Fabrizio? Or are you going to chill for a while?

    • awtytravels says:

      Thanks Julie! I’ve chilled out for a while indeed, with just one business-ish jaunt to Switzleland between September and now but today I’m off to Singapore (via Shanghai because beggars can’t be choosers)… back in the office on Tuesday!

  2. Dave Ply says:

    Interesting set of paintings. Any idea why the dive masks?

  3. lexklein says:

    Looks like a beautiful road trip – one I might copy someday! Fleetwood Mac is my Greece road trip band, so not too far off geographically!

  4. equinoxio21 says:

    Bello. Bellisimo. We have walked in the same footsteps. I have seen that Botticelli Venus with a diving mask. (In Sienna?)

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  6. P M says:

    The “Art can swim”, L’arte sa nuotare pics are actually everywhere in Italy. Pretty cool if you ask me. (:
    Great post, as always!

  7. restlessjo says:

    I wish I’d been along for the ride. 🙂 🙂 I was in Florence for a few days very early this year. Seems like a lifetime ago.

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