San Galgano Abbey In Tuscany

 

San Galgano Abbey, north-western view. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/40" ƒ/8 ISO 64

San Galgano Abbey, north-western view. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/40″ ƒ/8 ISO 64

Due to its conditions or, if you prefer, thank to them, San Galgano’s Abbey casts a shadow of mistery on the surrounding countryside. The focus of the wandering visitors coming along Via Maremmana, used to meet the elongated profile of the square apsis. Today the inside of this roofless place, bare and exposed to the  abuses of  the weather, still attracts the interest of the curious traveller. Continue reading

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The New Antinori’s Wine Caves In San Casciano

The wine press. D810, 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1,3" ƒ/8 ISO 64

The wine press. D810, 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1,3″ ƒ/8 ISO 64

The look is unobtrusive but powerful, something you could envision more in a James Bond’s movie than here in a tuscan winery, forget blazoned, let alone that it’s working since over 600 years ago (the first Antinori vintner dates back to 1385), forget a turnover of 185 million euro with a net profit of 34 million (balance 2014).

One’s adequate reaction could only be… Wow! (more about this in this story) Continue reading