My trip to
the Tuscany region of Italy this year was incredible! I again went
with Welcome to the Renaissance workshop tours led by Dr. Sam Hilt
and Pam Mercer. They have been taking small groups to Florence and
Siena for over 6 years. Check out their website, TuscanyTours.com
from the link at the end of this journal. Next year I'll be teaching
painting for all levels as a part of one of their Siena tours from
August 29 to September 4 and you'll find all the details under the
heading "The Marriage of Landscape and Spirit."
Those of you
who have read my previous trip journals will notice that this time
I'm using a different format. Rather than a day-by-day accounting,
these are personal moments snapshots of people, places, art, food,
shopping, and so on. If I succeed in communicating a sense of place,
and of things learned and felt in this lovely escape, my purpose
will be satisfied. I hope that in the reading of these experiences,
you will be reminded of journey's you've taken, or if you have not
yet done so, it will encourage you to take one! Ciao, and happy
Wish you were here!
a brief quote about the movement that began in Florence and that
changed the world--the Renaissance."In Florence the Medici
encouraged the study of antiquities and classical literature and
some of the greatest poets and artists of the day belonged to their
cultural circle. An innovative process, later defined as the Renaissance,
had begun and, in various guises, was to continue throughout the
16th Century, gradually spreading into all European countries. Architecture,
music, theatre, literature and the figurative arts all flourished."
Adrianna Silvestri from Magic Moments in Florence.
in the Small Town of San Gusme
It is early
evening as we drive south and east from the Florence airport. Just
past Siena we turn off the Autostrada. The roads are narrow as we
move quietly into the foothills, and suddenly we are surrounded
by tilled fields and vineyards heavy with purple grapes. I am in
the lovely Chianti region of Italy, and the view makes my pulse
quicken. (Yes, it actually does that.) The whole landscape is warmed
by a golden light; the amazing, beautiful light of Tuscany!