Sunday, October 27, 2013

Caldana, Italy

The sketch blog has been in Tuscany for about a week now. I've been exploring different places, but one place I keep returning to is a little town called Caldana, in the Grosseto area of Tuscany. A few summers ago, my friends Mina and Eddie got married there, and I was lucky enough to attend. 
We stayed in a hotel surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Every morning I woke up early, before the heat of the day set in, and took a long walk: up a winding country road to the town perched on a hill, through town, and down the other side. At some point I'd decide to turn back, and walk back the same way. 

Sometimes during the day I'd return, when businesses were open and people were out and about. Then I could nod to the people sitting on benches, stop in at the grocer's or post office or cafe and use my few words of Italian.

There was a beautiful church at the top of the hill, with an older, Roman-looking facade, and a newer-looking tower. 

Here are a few scenes I've sketched based on what I've been able to find on Google maps from my walks in & around Caldana...

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