Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sinalunga


While driving around in Tuscany, I spotted one of those picturesque hilltop towns in the distance and we decided to take a look at it.  We arrived at the Piazza Garibaldi right in front of the Collegiate Church of St. Martin, a Renaissance-Baroque style church pictured above.  The church was dedicated in 1588 and restored in 2010.


We walked the sleepy streets and found lots of very old buildings lovingly maintained like the one above.  The town dates back to the 12th century and up until 1864 it was known as Asinalunga.

We spent close to two hours there walking the hilly and twisting streets looking at the doorways and courtyards of the old buildings.  It was so peaceful and quiet, it was a pleasure to enjoy the architecture and views.

8 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Looks like the perfect place to stroll and explore, and all at a nice relaxed pace too!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon Sharon. Whenever I visit Europe that's the thing that I appreciate the most coming from a relatively new country...all that amazing history!

JM said...

This is so Italy! Love it.

Lowell said...

The church is magnificent. And the 2nd photo churns up my long-held desire to visit Italy. I was in Rome long ago but I would love to see some of the old villages like this one.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

There must be countless Italian towns like this that do not attract tourists but have the same charm as the better known hill towns.

Judy said...

Charm is the right word.

Jack said...

I don't know this village, but it is my kind of place. In general, I find that the smaller the Italian village, the better I like it. (Florence and Venice being the exceptions to prove the rule.)

Karl Demetz said...

It's a nice place, I visited it years ago...