The Villa - Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is a region in central Italy that encompasses 8,900 square miles and is known for its landscapes and history. In fact, it is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Within Tuscany are some of the most visited areas in Italy. On my recent trip to Italy, I was fortunate enough to visit and photograph one of those areas, namely the region of Val d'Orcia. This beautiful location is well known for its countryside and rolling hills, its farmlands and vineyards, and its farmhouses and villas. One of the spots that I fell in love with is the location known as The Villa. We visited it twice during our stay there, both times at sunrise. The first morning, we were shut out with clouds, so the sun did not make an entrance. The scene was so iconic that we visited it again, even though it was not on our planned itinerary. At first, we thought the clouds would cause a repeat performance of our first day, but patience prevailed and the sun finally broke through to show us this beautiful scene.