In medieval times, San Miniato was on the via Francigena, which was the main connecting route between northern Europe and Rome. It also sits at the intersection of the Florence-Pisa road and the Lucca-Siena road. Over the centuries San Miniato was therefore exposed to a constant flow of friendly and hostile armies, traders in all manner of goods and services, and other travelers from near and far. (from Wikip.)
San Miniato the little village was an excellent place to stay at considering that it was about 40-60 km to each Pisa, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano and Sienna right in the middle of all those famous places. There was also a train station on the Florence-Pisa line, which helped us avoiding taking the car in the cities.
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edge (7152) 2008-11-12 12:48
A really delightful scene to view. You have managed to provide great contrast between the horizon and the village. Of course the red roofs on the houses give lovely color. Wish I were there. I was there 18 years ago. Great notes as well. TY
pablominto (53746) 2008-11-12 12:48
This is a really interesting village, as it so clearly is build around the winding road!
The D80 works well and delivers perfect colours, with dome help from the fine light present...
A well balanced composition with a good feeling of depth!
PerR (1513) 2008-11-12 12:51
Taken from an airplane? Fun to see that all the houses are built along the main street.
Great point of view and a good composition. Maybe the little more distant houses are a bit overexposed, but it's indeed a enjoyable landscape photo.
Saw in your intro that you're moving to South Africa. Must be quite different compared to Sweden.
dta (79148) 2008-11-12 13:18
Hello Stefan ;
What an interesting and beautiful village ! And the Point of view is really good to discover it . Very nice contrast of red roofs in the greenery . Nice colors and sharpness .
Didier38 (710) 2008-11-12 13:52
Belle composition et agréable lumière.
Bien vu !
lucabellincioni (3840) 2008-11-12 14:02
magnifica San Miniato, magnificamente ripresa tramite questo straordinario pov, cpn luci eccezionali. Grande!
giorgimer (34941) 2008-11-12 14:11
absolutely great POV! This view is magic! Colors are perfect and so are the details.
JLG (2086) 2008-11-12 15:22
un superbe paysage avec ce village qui s'étire sur la colline ,des couleurs magnifique et un cadrage parfait
parbo (11092) 2008-11-12 17:26
Amazing textures created by terracotta roof tiles are very attractive in the middle of splendid green texture. I like your creative view while line of roofs drawing a path. An excellent one, with very good quality of capture and natural colors. The cloudy sky is just splendid. Congratulations.
angela926 (1884) 2008-11-12 21:10
Great capture, fantastic composition and nice pov, superb sharpness and perfect depth of field, very beautiful colors, nice light and great clarity. wonderful italian landscape.
John_F_Kennedy (43669) 2008-11-13 1:37
Beautiful cityscape, very nice colours and framing. I like those houses with the red roof. The sharpness and clarity are great. Well done.
npecanhuk (75592) 2008-11-13 1:45
Tuscany is such a wonderful region and with this high pov photograph you have created such an interesting composition with this "one-street" village, so typical in there, with excellent sharpness and brightness, natural and beautiful colors! I really like your well elaborated photo job!
TFS - Congratulations!
Silverkey (1435) 2008-11-13 3:12
Funny village with its only street.
I like the colors of this picture, especially the contrast between the red roofs and the green of the Nature around
holmertz (54385) 2008-11-13 3:36
What an amazing place! I don't think I've seen anything quite like this. Ten meters from the city center to unspoiled nature wherever you are. A very interesting picture, well composed and with fine colours.
Estelle (2766) 2008-11-13 4:08
This overview gives a good idea of the design and history of this place.
Nice colours and good dof too
molla (7129) 2008-11-13 7:36
It is a great landscape , but my first reflection was a landscape out of a Märklin Catalog. and not the heart of tuscany even if it have all the ingredients. of cause a terrific photo with a great POV.
Anders at Work
saxo042 (37900) 2008-11-13 8:43
I would have asked the same question as Per, but I read your answer... An incredible view from this tower and on GoogleMaps you can see these streets here quite clearly. Not so far away from Fiano (northeast of Certaldo) where we rented a house some years ago. This whole area must be among the most beautiful (or beautifulerest as Tage D said)
dumbo (4541) 2008-11-14 1:06
Hej på dig!
What an amazing point of view! I like these well saturated colors and that beautiful village on the hill.
Kielia (24077) 2008-11-14 11:21
it is incredible that a tower gives such a fantastic POV! The town is really fascinating and you have captured a great impression of the street, the landscape and the beautiful sky. My compliments!
Disabled_A (0) 2008-11-14 23:22
a very pleasant eyecatching landscape! I like these sunlit red-roofed houses arranged in a zig-zag line leading the look to the very distant area which is now partly in the shade; this very nice contrast between the warm colours and clarity of the FG and the vague, darkened bluish BG creates a feeling of depth. The colours are very well balanced, and the composition is very good :)
danos (99325) 2008-11-15 9:13
very nice and picturesque panoramic view of San Miniato,that exists among the greenery of the region.I like the excellent lighting conditions that fall on the village,as its natural beauty.Well done.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
leo61 (0) 2008-11-15 10:44
Good POV and a great shot.This village seem to have only one road and I like the depth of the image.It`s a very good exposure with great sharpness overall and fine details to view.
pazufferey (4858) 2009-02-14 12:27
Une superbe vue de ce beau village, village qui serpente la colline verdoyante.
Les couleurs sont sublimes. Très belle composition.
- Copyright: Stefan Zetterlind (scroller) (3445)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-13
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-80, Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED, Hama PL Circular M67 (IV)
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-12 12:40