Sunrise over Val d’Orcia

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Val d’Orcia is a region of Tuscany in central Italy characterized by gentle, carefully cultivated hills interspersed with gullies and idyllic towns and villages such as Pienza, Radicofani and Montalcino. Val d’Orcia is familiar to many in Renaissance artwork and in modern photography.

Sunrise over Val d’Orcia

The great beauty

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This photograph is by amazing London-based photographer Giuseppe Torre. He calls it the heart of Florence in the night: “Piazza San Giovanni.” It’s an amalgamation of 13 vertical shots–the “core” of renaissance, the iconic square with the beautiful “Santa Maria del Fiore” with the Brunelleschi’s dome in the background and the Giotto’s Bell tower in front. On the right is the Baptistery.

You can find more of his exquisite work including architecture and real estate interior photos at and on his Facebook site.

Time to forgive and never forget. Villa Belvedere, Siena

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Sunset at Villa Belvedere in Siena, Italia

Besides being in one of the most beautiful areas in the entire world, Villa Belvedere is just 9 miles from Siena, Italy. Formerly the vacation resort of Austrian nobility, Villa Belvedere is set in a large Italian garden with aromatic herbs used in the restaurant.

Villa Belvedere is a large and attractive stone farmhouse, lying within the old Lilliano estate, in a panoramic position surrounded by the estate vineyards and olive groves and with a splendid view of the Chianti hills. The recent renovation has restored the house to all of its original splendour.

Arie Abekasis Has an Italian Love of Beauty

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The founder and owner of the Diditan Group, Arie Abekasis draws on an extensive design background to create custom Tuscan homes. Arie Abekasis maintains a commitment to creating sophisticated homes that incorporate the Italian love of beauty. The Tuscan home, no longer found only in Tuscany, communicates a timeless elegance. It has a unique look that stems from its characteristic stucco exteriors, stone features, and Mediterranean golds, yellows, and browns.

The Villas and Vineyards of Tuscany

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Breathtaking landscape, gorgeous views of hills and vineyards, the magical Cypress trees, old-style villas, warm and rustic colors all around you, amazing food, and fantastic wine! These are just some of the aspects why people fall in love the first time they visit Tuscany.

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At times I felt I was in a painting. The rolling Tuscan hills, geometric vineyards (how DO they manage to create such straight rows?), and masses of olive trees can all be seen in Italy at one glance. Yes, the olive trees actually had olives on them, almost ready to be taken off the trees to be used as olives and olive oil. The owner of the villa we stayed in had 400 olive trees on her property.

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