Driving between Lucca and San Quirico D’Orcia, we made a short stop at the much visited village of San Gimignano. We were lucky arriving before hoards of visitors and managed to have a quick look around and secure a table for lunch before numerous buses disgorged their passengers. This shot was taken in one of the beautiful medieval streets.
San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.
At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
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Sergiom (70454) 2014-07-09 5:17
J'ai tellement aimé marcher dans cette petite ville fortifiée que j'y suis retourné pour une deuxième fois. Le cadrage vertical suit bien la ligne de de la tour dans l'image pour lui donner encore plus d'ampleur.
daddo (26334) 2014-07-09 6:05
Hi Rosemary. Very effective composition which accentuates the narrow streets and the vertical magnitude of the towers and the architecture overall. A memorable place and the food is great too (wines as well.) regards. Klaudio.
holmertz (47002) 2014-07-09 10:14
This may be the first time I see a photo actually taken inside this village. I get a feeling that lots of interesting pictures have been hidden from the public because nearly everyone just shows the towers from outside, usually from a slight distance, so this photo is most welcome. I love the warm light falling on the walls of these pretty buildings and the silhouette of the woman walking along the street. Even the parked car contributes a bit to this silhouette effect, although honestly it would have been even better without it. But parked cars are here to stay :-). There's not much to do about them. And I prefer one parked car to 50 tourists :-).
carlo62 (41145) 2014-07-09 15:16
ecco San Gimignano, non poteva mancare, anche se molto battuta.
Bella questa foto, San Gimignano è appena riconoscibile dalla torre, la strada sembra essersi fermata nel tempo, ma pochi tocchi di modernità la riportano ai giorni nostri.
abmdsudi (48685) 2014-07-09 15:54
An evocative and wonderful insight from this olde place seen from the effective view point portraying lots of charm and interest with its unique architectural detail full of good warm colours and immaculate detail. The ambient is sure remarkable and human elements will always make it lively, excellently composed and exposed with a special enchantmnent about them. A wonderful lens work, Congrats, tfs
batalay (37433) 2014-07-09 19:45
I love the Medieval city of skyscrapers, and you've captured an unusually good angle of the city. We arrived in town a little later in the day, and indeed the around the time the buses were arriving. It's a little like living on a stage set, I would imagine.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-07-09 22:43
Cette bonne composition verticale rend très bien l'atmosphère de ce beau village médiéval.
tyro (22926) 2014-07-09 23:15
This is a delightful view of "old Italy", so reminiscent of the many wonderful photographs we see of Umbria from Silvio, and very well composed and very well taken too. You have managed to cope with the very strong contrasts exceedingly well and, despite the very harsh sunlight, we can see full details in both the deepest shadows and the very brightest parts of the image.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. I really like the presence of the lady, almost silhouetted, walking away from us into the distance.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-10 3:06
exquisite light management here, and a shot that captures the architectural heritage, beauty and atmosphere of this place so beautifully. Perfect!
Regards - B.
dekanski (4485) 2014-07-10 3:28
I hope you do not mind a few extra lines about San Gimignano from me.
Firstly, I would not call it a village, but a small town. Yet in 1199 the city made itself independent from the bishops of Volterra and established a podestà (chief magistrate of a city state), and set about enriching the commune, with churches and public buildings. In year 1300 Dante Alighieri been there as the ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.
Due to its towers is also called La Cittá delle Belle Torri (Town of Fine Towers). (What a nice name!)
I completely understand when you say: "We were lucky arriving before hoards of visitors...". I visited it twice, both times in the late afternoon, the most beautiful part of the day, when hordes of tourists entered the buses and left the city Only then the natives take to the streets.
Right side of the photo could be a little brighter!
TFS, have a nice day.
dkmurphys (54397) 2014-07-10 6:09
Superb street scene. I like that lazy atmosphere among the old walls. Well taken.
photoray (13725) 2014-07-10 16:32
Your Gimignano view of the narrow street's artistic gothic architecture is appealing, large arch entries, shuttered windows, all in revealing textures and warm tones.
Would enjoy strolling here, and right after sunrise would be enticing.
Thanks for sharing,
jemaflor (91165) 2014-07-10 23:34
A well ramed photo with a good management for dfferent lights, perfect focal point with the famous tower of the town, well too with people to give life at the presentation.
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-07-11 11:04
Indeed a beautiful medieval street shot with perfect framing. The row of buildings on the left are made pretty by the great light and offer lovely details and contrast with the shadowed road and their darker counterparts on the right. The silhouettes of the lady and the parked car add to the visual appeal of this wonderful picture.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
Noel_Byrne (28152) 2014-07-11 11:07
Ever since I saw a documentary on this fascinating place many years ago and the reasons behind these towers, I have really wanted to go, and you present it here just as, or more beautiful than I imagine. The tower takes centre stage, rightly do as the claim to fame, but the foreground makes such an appealing lead into the view.
The shadow and light combine so perfectly, and the lone figure is a perfect inclusion in your shot. Fascinating place, and a wonderful presentation.
thanks as always
Cricri (113509) 2014-07-12 7:20
Un jeu ombre et de lumière bien gérée dans cette petite rue étroite, bon format qui inclus la tour
Ninello52 (7576) 2014-07-14 2:44
San Gimignano è una di quelle città che, grazie alle sue numerose torri, possiedono uno sviluppo grafico verticale! Così come giustamente anche tu ci mostri in questa tua bella immagine! Per quanto riguarda l'architettura degli edifici storici nei piccoli centri e nelle città d'arte Italiane, il valore dei vecchi intonaci scrostati e multicolori sui muri è identico a quello delle vecchie pietre e dei vecchi mattoni che ci sono in questa tua foto, è sono valori che vanno conservati e tutelati con restauri conservativi! Mi fa piacere che tu li apprezzi!! Grazie per la tua bella nota.
Migliori saluti, Nino.
macjake (63122) 2014-07-14 9:40
you know i'm going to like this one.
looks like any other street in Italy, a common sight - but thats what makes it so wonderful because these scenes are everywhere :)
love the contrast between light and dark, and there's even a romantic type of flare to the scene too.
Can't you just see a loving couple holding hands here.
warm and peaceful scene.
enjoy your day
emka (89207) 2014-07-14 23:45
Hello Rosemary, again I am late with your photos. San Gimignano is really unique place with all the towers, but I was surprised, that Mestia in Georgia, its sister city, has also similar defense towers. Beautiful picture of the narrow street. Not good to have herd of tourists on the photo, one person is welcome. Charming view, creative one from the most visited place. marvelous light.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Silvio1953 (133618) 2014-07-24 13:19
Ciao Eosemary, gran tutto nel medioevo, piacevole composizione, ottima prospettiva e splendida nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-27 0:58
You have presented us this beautiful old town street so well. Like the vertical cropping and strong color contrast which made the scene so vivid and eye-catching. Well spotted! TFS!
Have a lovely Sunday!
delpeoples (56000) 2014-07-27 7:06
Ciao dear Rosemary
Oh this street is so cute and characteristic and judging from your excellent photo, the town of San Gimignano is just as beautiful as I remember. Once again, you've handled the light exquisitely. The vertical frame suits perfectly and the excellent depth of field lets us se the entire way up the alley, making us want to see more. That golden light on the left is stunning. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a lovely Sunday.
Didi (59628) 2014-10-16 3:11
Nice view on this old street
Good control of the vertical lines