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TUSCANY MAPTraveling in Italy is fun and a task. The cars are small because the roads are one and half cars wide and there is not parking. the road signs are confusing to anyone not familiar to the area. 90% of the automobiles are standard transmission. The roads are windy, hilly, narrow and steep and you have to share them with big trucks,and bicyclists and wild motor cyclists of which there are many. The road signs are of little use at times as they are posted after the turn you needed to take. Intersections are round abbots and you end up driving around them several times to find the right sign that tells you where to go. But it is FUN!

Italy is OLD! A lot of history in every building and cobble stone street. Old Churches, old castles, and old traditions are everywhere you go. Shops open up at 10am and close at noon for lunch…..for 3 hours. They open up again at 3pm (1500) their time and close again at 6pm (1800 their time) By now you notice that they use the 24 hour clock and not our 12 to 12 timing. They eat late and are never in a hurry at the dinner table but deriving is another issue. They really like speed but I only saw one fender bender while I was there as they some how they manage to miss crashing into each other by mer inches.

The food is more than tasty but they don’t have big servings and they fill glass only half full.  They do not eat in their cars so there is almost no trash along the roadways. Driving crazy with a stick shift vehicle is a good way to get food all over the inside of your car.

The churches and castles which are on top of every hill and mountain reek of antiquity of course they only make repairs every two or three hundred years.

Tuscany is is an eye pleaser, the people are friendly and the wine and food are outstanding. If you plan of going there give your self time….a lot of time. Two or three weeks to visit a few of the towns.  Then come back and do it again. They use the Euro currency so 10 Euros is abbot $13 dollars. Short term lease a vehicle rather than renting to save money and gas is expensive. If you are driving you had better be good are using a stick shift.

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Adrain-wine maker

Adrain-wine maker

Avignonesi winery

Avignonesi winery

Bruchetta

Bruchetta

Marbel mining

Marbel mining

Confusing?

Confusing?

Very old castle

Very old castle

Practical hanging

Practical hanging

circa 1565 church

circa 1565 church

circa 1490 Church

circa 1490 Church

Drummer girl

Drummer girl

Tasty

Tasty

Excellent gelatto

Excellent gelatto

Typical vineyoard

Typical vineyoard

Great bread

Great bread

ham

ham

The key to Italy

The key to Italy

Bells ring voudly everywhere

Bells ring voudly everywhere

Street in Licca

Street in Licca

Street in Lucca-Italy

Street in Lucca-Italy

Lucca-Italy

Lucca-Italy

Lucca-Italy

Lucca-Italy

Artist-Lucca-Italy

Artist-Lucca-Italy

Cafe-Lucca-Italy

Cafe-Lucca-Italy

Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Montepulciano-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Monterosso-Italy

Cheese in Monterosso-Italy

Cheese in Monterosso-Italy

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Palazzo Vecchio winery

Porto-Venere-Italy

Porto-Venere-Italy

Porto-Venere-Italy

Porto-Venere-Italy

Not open until 10 am

Not open until 10 am

Riomaggiore-Italy

Riomaggiore-Italy

Riomaggiore-Italy

Riomaggiore-Italy

Riomaggiore-Italy

Riomaggiore-Italy

Robert-Shaw-painter

Robert-Shaw-painter

San Miniato-Italy

San Miniato-Italy

San Miniato-Italy

San Miniato-Italy

Sanctuary-of-San-Biagio

Sanctuary-of-San-Biagio

Steep climb

Steep climb

Students

Students

sunrise-Riomaggiore

sunrise-Riomaggiore

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Very old door

Very old door

Italian lunch

Italian lunch