One of the fun things I had the pleasure of doing earlier this fall was taking a trip to Italy with a group of five other friends. We rented a fantastic house (http://www.priello.com/) up in the hills of the upper Tiber River Valley near the small town of Caprese Michelangelo in the far eastern reaches of Tuscany, where Michelangelo himself was born. This was my first real vacation in almost 5 years and I have to say, no cell phone, no computer, and no television for an entire week was absolutely divine! Our beautiful house was surrounded by Tuscan farm land and we backed up to a several thousand acre national forest, complete with wild chestnut trees (the chestnuts were ripening while we were there and I roasted them in the fireplace almost every morning!), wild boar, porcupine and all kinds of other critters, not to mention diverse plant life.
I took more than 1300 photos in the 10 days we were gone and still have many to go through and cull, but I’ve put together a few of the better ones and thought I’d share them with all of my readers. I’ll show you some of the plant life a little later on, but here are a few of the better landscapes and other shots I took while we were there.