Tuscan CountrysideView All Sizes
Liz in the Tuscan Countryside near FlorenceView All Sizes
JOURNAL : June 21, 2002
|Series||Bicycling the Tuscan Countryside|
On this day we rented two bicycles and headed out of Florence into the Tuscan countryside. On the way we passed Santa Maria Novella and crossed Ponte Santa Trinita, where we got a great view of Ponte Vecchio. On the return leg we crossed at Ponte Vecchio and got a few shots of further downstream.
Passing one edge of Pitti Palace, we took Via Romana through Porta Romana.
This was a hot Summer day and we sweated up and down some mild hills. The picturesque Tuscan countryside seems unchanged from Medieval times. Buildings that look like castles and monasteries sit around and still own the place. Eventually we biked through the grounds of some church or monastery perched on a hill and relaxed in the shade for awhile.
Arno River from Ponte Vecchio, FlorenceView All Sizes
We ran out of water and continued on down the road looking for a local market. The landscape was very beautiful, but biking in the hot sun was drying us out. Around a corner a produce stand popped up! We gorged two watermelons, some fruit, ice cream and several Cokes. We also got loaded up on water bottles for the return trip. La dolce vita!
Ponte Vecchio from Ponte Santa Trinita, FlorenceView All Sizes
Flowers in FlorenceView All Sizes
Santa Maria NovellaView All Sizes
On the way back we passed this lovely house with the flowers out front. Local soccer teams were playing a game in the park across the street. We relaxed in the shade again. Did I tell you it was hot? We drank alot of water. A camelback is a good idea. If you freeze it overnight you have cold water all day, but watch for condensation down your back.
After travelling alot on trains, cars and boats, bicycling in Tuscany was one of the highlights of our trek through Italy. The weather is expected to be hot in Summer, but shade and refreshment is always available for the savvy cyclist. Having come from busy Milan a few days before, the more tranquil and scenic Florence was a welcome experience.
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June 21, 2002
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