Battistero and Duomo
Magnificent buildings are two a penny in Florence, but the crown jewels have to be the Duomo and Battistero.
Warm tones of the surrounding buildings harmonise with a blue sky as one approaches the Duomo.
The Road to Forte Del Belvedere
Hand carved paving slabs are laid on the street that heads steeply uphill to Forte Del Belvedere, the pastel colours of the lime washed walls create a typical Tuscan atmosphere.
Home From Church
A nun arrives home, perhaps after church, her habit a pastel blue contrasts with the warm colours of Florence's walls.
Through the Ponte Vecchio
A justifiable tourist honeypot, the Ponte Vecchio is always crowded. Here as the sun dips the warm tones of the city are emphasised.
Battistero Cyclist (colour)
A man cycles home in the shadow of Florence's Battistero, the warm tones of the marble emphasised by the shadow.
Rape of the Sabine Women
A violent, cruel story is transformed into a sculptural masterpiece at the hands of Giambologna. Many believe this culpture to be his masterpiece.
Hercules and Nessus
Hercules and Nessus from a slightly different angle. The detail afforded to the hair can be appreciated from this view. asterpiece.
Giambologna's genius translates marble into life. Here Nessus's hand grasps Hercules, dimples beneath his fingertips, tendons straining, forearm musles and veins stand taught. Amazing work.
Hercules Beating the Centaur Nessus
Of all the sculpture in Florence, this is my favourite. The skill of the the artist, Giambologna, is superb, I never tire of looking at it, the folds in Nessus' skin, the musclature, the hair. A masterpiece.
The pastel tones of the shutters harmonise with the warm coloured polaster walls of this building in Monteriggione.
Monteriggione Window Box
Vivid blue shutters contrasts with the red of the flowers. Crumbling plaster only adds to the scene.
Someone's undies dry on the shutters in Siena.
San Gimignano backstreet
Washing dries in one of the backstreets of the stunning village of San Gimignano.
Thundery clouds build up to give a dramatic backdrop to the Duomo.
Battistero Cyclist (black and white)