This has been an incredible week in Tuscany. The day after our bike riding excursion to Lucca, we set off early for two amazing Tuscan cities; Volterra and San Gimgnano. In Volterra, we had an amazing tour guide lead us through the arches and passageways of a city founded by the Etruscans in 4 B.C. On our way to San Gmingnano, we stopped at a picturesque field of sunflowers to take in a classic Tuscan landscape. In San Gimingnano, we wandered the narrow cobblestone streets in small On-Assignment groups photographing local residents and architectural details.
Yesterday we traveled to one of the most unique cities in the world, Venice. It was an amazing sight for all to behold – the canals, bridges, water taxis, and gondolas- a city of water. We traveled the length of the Grand Canal by boat, seeing many of the famous buildings along the way. We explored the Piazza San Marco with the abundant Venetian glass and Carnevale mask shops, small foot bridges, and beautiful architecture. It was an incredible day for all.
Today is our final day in Florence and we are busy editing and preparing our final presentations. We will spend the late afternoon presenting our best photographs from the trip and then we’ll head into downtown Florence for a farewell dinner. We will end the night with a jaunt in the Piazza del Duomo to work on long exposures and capturing the city at night. We board our bus at 3am for a ride to the airport in Milan! It has been an incredible, action packed trip to Tuscany. While we are sad to leave, I think that we are all so grateful for the friends we have made and the experiences that we have had in the last 8 days.
-Angie, Mike, and Carolyn