Des & Barbara
Des & Barbara at family-group dinner Villa Tizzano
Windows of Greve
Looking up on Via Roma in Greve
Upper end of Piazza Matteotti in Greve
Shopping in Greve
Our slow walk around Greve led us to this lovely stretch of retail shops, most of which were sadly closed from 1:00 - 4:00.
Cartoon bicycle in Lucca
This bike may be more fun to read than to ride.
Streets of Lucca
A late-morning stroll through the streets of Lucca, working up an appetite for lunch.
San Michele in Foro - Lucca
Noon at San Michele in Foro church in Lucca.
There are no canals in Lucca, but the walled stream on Via del Fosso is still lovely.
It's still leaning
A warm day, a camera, and a must-see attraction in Tuscany. What more can be said?
Up close and personal with the Leaning Tower
3.99 degrees of lean, for anyone keeping score
Hercules in Pisa
An upstanding US citizen keeps the tower standing
The view from Villa Tizzano
A typical morning view from the ballroom window at Villa Tizzano
Carousel in Florence
The antique carousel of the Picci family in Florence
The Duomo of Florence
Morning view of the Duomo in Florence
At the Accademia Gallery in Florence
David does the Full Monty.
Duomo - Florence
Another view of the Duomo in Florence
Looking up a the ceiling in the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The fresco depicts the Last Judgment, and was painted between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari.
Bell Tower - Santa Maria del Fiore
The Duomo's bell tower is 84.7 meters high.
Lunch in Florence
With our terrific tour guide, Simone, in Florence.
Susan, Darren, and Rhonda - Florence
Enjoying a Florentine lunch of fried vegetables, pasta, and meat in Florence.
The Tribuna Ottagonale at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Low light made this a challenging photo to get with proper resolution/focus, and this was the best I could get.
Duke and Duchess of Urbino
At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The diptych of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino (1465-1472) by Piero della Francesca.
Looking down from the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio spans the Arno.
Michelangelo, ‘Doni Tondo’
A bit of unintentional cropping, but still striking!
Sandro Botticelli, ‘The Birth of Venus’
A highlight of the Uffizi.
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Town hall of Florence, overlooking the Piazza della Signoria
Looking up at the Flavian Amphitheatre
Colosseum arena and hypogeum
The two-level subterranean network of tunnels and cages beneath the arena where gladiators and animals were held before contests began.
The Temple of Antonius & Faustina
From 141 AD, converted to a Roman Catholic church, known as San Lorenzo in Miranda, probably around the 7th century.
A funny thing happened...
At the Forum with our guide, Alex.
Temple of Castor and Pollux
At the Forum. Original temple was built in 484 BC, although these columns date from about 6 AD.
Looking across the plaza at the ruins of various temples.
Attractions of Rome
A fetching redhead just outside the Colosseum
Looking out from the Vatican Museum
At the Vatican Museum, built in 1932, the staircase is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending
Pope Francis in procession
Our unexpected view of the Pope
Sneaky shot of the Pope
Another grainy snapshot of Pope Francis, captured just as the security people started heading towards me.
St. Peter's Square
Twilight at St Peter's Square. The chairs were set for the canonization of Mother Theresa, which occurred a few days later.
Captured during our drive-by visit of the fountain.
Relaxing by the pool at Villa Tizzano
Olive groves at Villa Tizzano
We sneaked out the gate one afternoon, and explored the olive groves on the grounds of Villa Tizzano.
Late afternoon at Villa Tizzano
Late afternoon at the Villa. If you look way off in the distance, you might see all our cares floating away.
It's five o'clock somewhere
It seemed to almost always be five o'clock for Patrick & Darren.
A moment to savor. Lilly enjoys the proceedings as well.
Sampling the local agricultural products
When in Rome... And when in Chianti...
Nanette & Larisa
Bellini day at Villa Tizzano.
Rhonda under the cabana at Villa Tizzano
An afternoon drink and conversation outside at the Villa.