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Photographs of Tuscany: viewpoints for breathtaking shots

Taking photographs means writing with light, and that in Tuscany offers different colours thanks to the landscape that alternates between sea, hills and mountains. Its geography allows you to take photos, while feeling like a seeker of dreams, images, creativity, smells, flavours, stories and legends. Around practically every corner of Tuscany and its cities, it is possible to make things that could never be seen visible, by capturing an image. As well as the most famous bell towers, there are lesser known places that offer glimpses and panoramas to take home with you.

A good observation point over Florence, which is less well-known, is the splendid Kaffeehaus inside the Boboli garden. It is a pavilion covered by a Viennese-inspired Rococo dome with an Eastern flavour, surrounded by a double-ramp staircase. Walking towards the Viale dei Colli, you can stop off at the Rose Garden, a terrace with a breathtaking view of Florence that, from May onwards, also gives you the opportunity to take photographs of roses with the most varied colours, admire and capture images thanks to the works of art donated by Folon, and find yourself in the middle of the Japanese area, donated to Florence by the twin city of Kyoto. Nearby, there is one of the most beautiful places from which you can admire Florence and take wonderful photos: the Forte di Belvedere. The Fortress stands on the highest point of the Boboli hill; it was built by Ferdinando I dei Medici and today it hosts beautiful exhibitions. Continuing along Viale dei Colli, you will reach the Medici Villa of Poggio Imperiale, located on the hill of Arcetri, which was the residence of Cosimo I's favourite daughter, Isabella dei Medici.

Veduta di Firenze dal Giardino delle Rose
Firenze vista dal Giardino delle Rose

We leave Florence and head to the lands of Siena, where the colours change from ochre to brown and its richness is embodied in the landscape that lends itself to being photographed, just like when the Macchiaioli painters once captured it on their canvases. You can walk alongside the Rocca di Montestaffoli, located near San Gimignano: the place is suitable for concerts and performances in the summer season, and for taking photos of the landscape and the works of art that are located there. In the historic centre of San Gimignano, after visiting the Civic Museum, you can climb to the top of the Torre Grossa and admire the view. Other observation points are dotted throughout the territory and you can download the map from here. 
The energy that flows in the ancient land of Tuscany can be perceived by observing the landscape steeped in history and passion that, through photography, captures the image and reveals details that highlight the memory of an ancient past. Here we are in Pienza now: its streets have romantic names such as Via dell'Amore (Road of Love), del Bacio (of the Kiss) and della Fortuna (of Luck). When you reach the front of Palazzo Piccolomini, it is like suddenly seeing a small jewel set in the landscape and nature. The view, that stretches across the Val d'Orcia to Monte Amiata, can be photographed from the garden of the Palazzo, which has windows carved out of the rock. The landscape has the ability to cancel space and time. 

La Val d'Orcia vista da Pienza
La Val d'Orcia vista da Pienza

Leaving Pienza, every corner of the Val d'Orcia can become a cue to find the right light and atmosphere for an interesting photo. In addition to the places already immortalised and made famous all over the world, two special observation points are Vignoni Alto, where there are views of the countryside from the Castle, and the Rocca di Tentennano, which dominates all the surrounding landscape from a high ground. 
After arriving in the city of Siena, we cannot fail to take some photographs from the rooftops of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The "Porta del Cielo" (Gateway to Heaven) is a wonderful path that, just like an imaginary staircase, climbs from below, to almost touch the sky and will stun you with an amazing view. Before leaving Siena and heading to Pisa, the green space near Piazza del Campo is worth taking a look at: it is the Orto dei Pecci, where you can see the reconstruction of a medieval vegetable garden and an organic vegetable garden, allowing you to compare today's nature with that of yesterday. 
So, here we are in Pisa, where you can see the city from more than one new perspective, as well as from the top of the Leaning Tower. You can walk along the ancient city wall for 3 km, giving you of infinite views of the city of Pisa and of the 3 hectares of urban greenery that surround it. Another point from which you can admire a wonderful view is the Guelph Tower, dating back to 1290, which has a height that allows you to see the sea. 

Veduta dei monumenti della piazza dei Miracoli
Veduta di Piazza dei Miracoli a Pisa
  • Progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi Legge n. 77 del 20 febbraio 2006 “Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale, inseriti nella “lista del patrimonio mondiale”, posti sotto la tutela dell’UNESCO”