Sunrise over Tuscan Hills, Italy

AUGUST 2008 – The morning sun gently illuminates the Tuscan hills close to Vagliagli in Italy. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Did I tell you that we love Italy, the Italians, and all things Italian? Tuscany is one of the many reasons for this ongoing love. Most relate Tuscany to the major attractions – Florence, Siena, Pisa – but very few take the time to spend a some time on the countryside. We did in August 2008 and booked a room at the Dievole Winery.

The whole area was extremely quiet. The number of cars that went to the nearby village of Vagliagi could be counted on one hand, and since high season had gone already, there were also fewer tourists at the resort. From here, you still can explore the entire area, especially Siena which is just 20 kilometers away. But be prepared for lots of tourists and a remarkable difference to the surroundings of the winery.

Our room was located at the south-west corner of the main building, and one morning, shortly after sunrise, it offered this magnificient view into the Tuscan hills. I love the layered lines of the hills that seem to fade away with the distance.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time31-AUG-2008, 07:03
LocationDievole Wine Resort, Vagliagli, Italy
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/10 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 2652 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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