Above: Castello di Velona, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy

The trouble withTuscanyis that it’s so picturesque it can take hours to get anywhere. On my recent journey, I resolved not to stop the car again unless I saw a view significantly more inspiring than the one I’d just pulled over to photograph. And then, around the next bend, there it was. It didn’t matter that I’d been to the region multiple times before. The combination of vineyards, olive groves, lines of cypress trees, old stone farmhouses and ancient hill towns remained as intoxicating as when I first saw it decades ago.

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Above: Castello di Velona, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy

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