Archive for September, 2012

Back from Tuscany

Monday, September 17th, 2012

We’re back from two weeks of vacation in beautiful Italy. This year we went to the Maremma, the sea side of Tuscany. We stayed a couple of nights at the Saturnia Tuscany Hotel, which is situated about 12 km from Manciano. The wellness hotel is the ideal start for any vacation, and the local restaurants (especially in Poggio Murella just a short ride away) are excellent and provide that very special Italian hospitality everyone is looking for. The wines are excellent, and the views across the gentle Tuscan hills are breathtaking.

Then we moved on to a holiday appartment in Castiglione della Pescaia, which is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns of the Maremma coast. While it is very touristic, the town still has a life of its own and comes across as very authentic and very Italian. It has a long, clean beach, and the water was pretty warm even now, in September. The town is located centrally at the Maremma coast, so we could easily explore Talamone, Porto Santo Stefano, Grosseto, Massa Marittima and Pisa from here. On our way back (to Munich), we stopped in Soave and Verona.

For me, it was yet another vacation without a “proper” camera. I left my big EOS 1D4 bodies and the laptop at home and checked just SMS on my mobile phone. Gosh, this was brilliant, a true vacation! :-) For the few photos I took I used Petra’s Ricoh CX1 camera that still delivers awesome results. Admittedly, now and then I wished I had a camera with a better resolution and manual control, but all-in-all I think the tiny point-and-shoot captured beautiful shots. See a few samples below. :-)

As always, I hope to publish a full set of images once I get to it. ;-)

Sunset over Saturnia, Tuscany

Castiglione della Pescaia in the late afternoon sun

Castiglione della Pescaia Beach right after sunset

Gelateria Paradise at Night, Castiglione della Pescaia

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

Talamone, Italy

Massa Marittima, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Tourists at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

A couple takes a self portrait on the balcony of Julia’s House in Verona

All photos © Mark Zanzig/