As you leave San Quirico d’Orcia driving toward Pienza, the surrounding countryside is one of rolling hills, solitary lines of cypresses, farm houses and one of the most beautiful and photographed chapels in Tuscany, the Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta. The chapel is one of the main icons of the Val d'Orcia and driving this route in the late afternoon one sees photographers lined up along the mainroad with tripods set up waiting for the right light.
We took a morning walk to the Cappella along a dusty road passing arable fields lined with a profusion of wild flowers. The sun was gently warming the land and the wheat was pushing its way through stony soil.
There are traces of the chapel for the first time in a document dated 1590. The present appearance is the result of restructuring by architect Giuseppe Partini in 1884, inspired by sixteenth century architecture.
The Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta is a UNESCO heritage site.
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Giustiniani (3538) 2014-06-15 1:10
une belle présentation de cette jolie chapelle si typique. Une beau paysage qui sent bon le sud.
papagolf21 (89174) 2014-06-15 1:38
L'église gardée par des cyprès (du moins, je le suppose) est joliment mise en valeur avec ce choix de cadrage très réussi.
Une image très intéressante à tous points de vue.
Très bon dimanche.
carlo62 (37318) 2014-06-15 1:45
bel colpo, un grande classico che non ci si stanca mai di guardare.
La tua è una composizione perfetta, si gode di un bellissimo panorama, dove la dolcezza delle colline ricoperte di verde è punteggiata da casolari e piccole chiese.
daddo (25445) 2014-06-15 2:28
Hi Rosemary. Not a rabbit with bushy ears? Ah, Tuscany! No wonder the Renaissance was born in Italy when one's spirit feels free and inspired in such a beautiful landscape.Best wishes. Klaudio.
kasianowak (7421) 2014-06-15 2:37
Interesting take on this much photographed iconic landmark, most photos of Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta I have seen are taken from the other side. You created skillfully composed classic Tuscan image with the cypress trees and green rolling hills.
miumiu (6113) 2014-06-15 2:46
Wonderful Tuscany photo!
l like the composition and splendid colours of your photo.
The grass looks like a beautiful carpet in the foreground. The small chapel is in a picturesque landscape. l love the cypresses too.
Have a nice Sunday
chawax (19710) 2014-06-15 3:01
A cute church with the trees on its both side. Good composition, with the church on a thirds line. Good colours, good sharpness. It would have been perfect with a more beautiful sky, but you have no choice and have to do with the conditions you have when you take photos !
serp2000 (41692) 2014-06-15 3:38
And know about the "classic" Tuscany, but I like this original composition! Excellent capture of so amazing view of the small church and a few trees around. Very nice landscape, marvelous vivid colors.
PaulVDV (24063) 2014-06-15 3:48
A wonderful landscape presented in an excellent composition, with beautiful natural colours and good sharpness.
That white cloud right of the chapel looks a little like a snowcapped peak :)
Honestly, I thought that you could see such landscapes throughout Tuscany but if I understood well, they're found in a few specific places where photographers are crowding for the ultimate shot. I don't know Tuscany; the only places I've visited there are Firenze, Siena and Pisa and that was in a previous life :)
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (26635) 2014-06-15 4:57
this is a very beautiful simple landscape which you have taken under superb light. The position of the church is perfect to allow superb depth into the scene. It's a very beautiful church too and those bushes almost make it look like it has ears :)
have a great Sunday
Sergiom (65323) 2014-06-15 5:09
La campagne autour de Sienne est vraiment très belle.Ici, le cadrage est parfait sur la petite chapelle et toute la verdure printanière environnante. Tu as su profiter d'une bien belle journée.
dkmurphys (51541) 2014-06-15 6:14
Indeed, you have captured perfectly the essence of that place. Well done, great work!
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-06-15 9:33
beautiful landscape captured in a perfect composition. The small and graceful chapel in lush green surroundings and the cypresses is a wonderful subject. Equally impressive is the view of the line of trees, the building and the hills in the distance and the vastness of the sky. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
Have a nice new week
siudzi (34131) 2014-06-15 10:14
Love it! The view you have photographed is so beautiful with its interesting details and natural tones. Classy and elegant composition full of charm. TFS!
mesutilgim (88206) 2014-06-15 12:21
Simple but very nice !This is what I often use to say here "the beauty of the simplicity" !
TFS and best regards
photoray (13228) 2014-06-15 16:46
Fine pastoral view of Capella della Madonna di Vitaleta, the gothic architecture front tower, all in rocky textures, and a distant glimpse of more cypresses and architecture.
Certainly a worthy UNESCO heritage site and inviting to see in person.
Thanks for sharing,
jjcordier (78372) 2014-06-15 23:42
Un beau paysage de Toscane que tu as très bien mis en image.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-16 3:36
the title says it all here. It is a picture postcard/tourist advertisement shot that is both iconic and attractive, but also captured perfectly by you.
Have a good week - B.
Silvio1953 (128479) 2014-06-16 5:57
Ciao Rosemary, chiesina e cipressi, gran classico delle colline toscane, sempre bello da vedere, ottima composizione, splendida luce e bei colori naturali, brava, ciao Silvio
Oceania (5174) 2014-06-16 7:28
You give the majority space to the crispy blue sky. It's excellent in composition. The scene of green rolling hills is so inviting. The picture is very enjoyable.
williewhistler (15285) 2014-06-16 10:49
a typical piece of the beautiful Tuscan scenery with all of the attractive elements nicely placed in a classic composition. Gorgeous.
Warm regards Les.
pajaran (54177) 2014-06-16 11:34
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku, lep pogled ujutru ...
Dobar rad i perspektiva, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura i zeleno polje, lepa panorama, lepe boje.
Lepa arhitektura i priroda.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting article on the place and moment, a nice view in the morning ...
Good work and perspective, nicely demonstrated the old architecture and green fields, beautiful panorama, beautiful colors.
Beautiful architecture and nature.
All the best in the new week that started, good luck.
lousat (81138) 2014-06-16 14:47
Hi Rosemary,a top class pic from my country,classic but truly truly beautiful and made with the best quality,a very nice composition,i like this perfect advertising for Tuscany! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mjw364 (7516) 2014-06-17 2:50
I like the minimalism of this. The contrast between green and blue, with the horizon placed on a lower third and the building placed on the left third - well composed. Like it!
FYZRMZ (1044) 2014-06-17 8:12
so lovely ...
i like soft colours and the composition.
from the thumbnail picture, i imagined there is tiny creature with lovely green wings (trees at the two sides of building) :)
TFS - feyza
PiotrF (10612) 2014-06-17 12:30
An image that sums up the essence of the beautiful Tuscan.A simple effective minimalist composition that is sharp and clear. Perfectly composed and with superb colours and clarity. I like it a lot.
abmdsudi (45706) 2014-06-18 4:00
Minimal and typical of lovely Tuscny!!!! Quite striking image due to the contrast of colour and i love the saturation. The well protected chapel as main focal is stunning set amongst those soft green surrounding with good use of leading lines stretching into the distant. I feel that you must be more than happy with an idyllic relaxed and so peaceful setting. The glimpse of misty mountain range lends the effective depth and perspective superbly. Delightful shot, Congrats
COSTANTINO (58775) 2014-06-18 12:15
Hello dear friend
classic and symmtrical capture
delicate and sweet photo with
those green trees touching
the small church
what a beautiful photo
have a nice time
Gigidusud (17615) 2014-06-18 14:52
Beautiful landscape with splendid light and nice green tones. Really a typical picture of Toscane. I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
InasiaJones (31562) 2014-06-19 1:28
Good morning Rosemary,
I have been looking at your Italian itinerary through your photos (so far) and I have been everywhere you were, except Bagnaia, so it's good to revisit these magnificent places thanks to your seductive images. I spent a week around Pienza, so this location is very familiar. Walking round through this field to find the perfect spot, enjoying the landscape, what a great memory!
I first thought that they might have redone the brick work, as I couldn't recognise the chapel the way I remembered it, but after looking back at my own shot, I realise that you were on the opposite side to capture this landmark.
I like the way you have framed the main building, creating a clever balance with the other one in the background. The large space allowed for the sky brings a sense of great outdoor and never-ending fields.
La dolce fotografia!
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-06-19 5:05
it is indeed very classic Tuscany shot! Green fields with the cypresses make the landscape very typical for this area and immediately recognizeable. I like the simplicity of the composition in your picture and plenty of space which gives it some nice lightness. Very fresh colors and lovely rural atmosphere - well done!
Thanks for sharing
Kielia (24073) 2014-06-19 5:09
a lovely Tuscan landscape. Attractive in the simplicity of line and colour. Nicely managed light too, and the composition is excellent. My compliments!
sevy (15367) 2014-06-23 3:52
From the 2 shots of this subject, I prefer this one, mainly due to the balance of the composition, giving more space. A matter of personnal taste of course.
Cricri (110295) 2014-06-23 22:25
Une de tes dernières images Italie qui ma attirée, bon placement et approche de cette petite chapelle entre les arbres, le paysage vallonnée, la vue au loin sur le bâtiment, bonne profondeur et couleurs, en septembre je vais en Toscane
eldancer1 (30846) 2014-06-24 6:40
It's a beautiful and peaceful place for a small chapel. I like your pov it makes the chapel more imposing. Good composition with good details. Well done, tfs.
Angshu (56460) 2014-06-29 4:27
This is beautiful! The chapel is beautifully framed by the trees, so much so that they seem to caress the walls of the chapel as if they were cheeks. The grass and yellow flowers create a fine FG...Lovely shot!
Best Regards & Have a great Sunday
adores (39934) 2014-07-12 14:40
I always like to see these landscapes, this region is so beautiful.
A very simple and beautiful chapel, framed by the trees. I like the background with the hoouse and trees in the shade. You framed it really well, to lead our eyes to the chapel. Beautiful light and colours!