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Lucca Piazza Anfiteatro Italy

This is the Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca which has been build on the ruins of an old Amphitheatre. This shot has been taken in the bright sun, and again I used my 17mm lense. You can clearly see that the lense has some problem in the center where it seems to be brighter, lacking contrast. I corrected the scan with Photoshop as much as possible, but I would prefer a perfect slide.

Il Convento Pistoia Italy

The swimming pool of Il Convento, which shines through the trees in the back.

I did not scan more slides from Pistoia yet, so I suggest to take a look at my Florence photos. Florence is quite close to Pistoia and is definitely worth a sidetrip. It should be on part of your route anyway. Be prepared to spend at least one full day in Florence if you have not been there before!


Zanzig's Hotel Tip
Hotel Il Convento
Via S. Quirico, 33
51030 Pontenuovo Pistoia
Phone (0573) 452 651 -or- (0573) 452 652
Fax (0573) 453 578

Situated about 6 km (3.8 mi) outside of Pistoia in an ancient Franciscan Monastery, the "Il Convento" is pretty unique and definitely not your typical hotel. It has been transformed into a hotel in the 70s and has been remodeled and tastefully decorated. It has just 32 rooms, the former chambers of the monks, so the rooms may appear smaller and simpler than rooms at other hotels. Yet the hotel offers all amenities you would expect from a hotel in this category, including a large swimming pool right in front of the hotel. One of the most amazing features of the hotel is certainly its restaurant (reservation highly recommended) with its large patio overlooking the surrounding plains. Enjoying the views in conjunction with the excellent food and wines is -especially on warm summer evenings- the perfect way to end a day in Tuscany.

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