Monday, September 3, 2007

Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy

Chianciano has a nice old town, but it abuts the newer Chianciano Terme, a busy modern spa resort mostly frequented by more elderly Italians seeking the health giving properties of its water. Therefore, although Chianciano is a good central base for the surrounding countryside, the town itself does not have the old world charm that Montepulciano and Pienza have. Chianciano does however have a more active social life and there are frequent concerts and festivals of one kind or another, mostly attended by locals. It also has the best market in the area, selling food, clothing and a few antiques, and the colors of the people and market stalls make great subject matter. This painting is an evening scene of the main (and only) road into the old town, with a view of the Val di Chiana in the distance.

Overall rating: **
Aesthetics: *
Accessibility: **
Tranquility: ***
Variety: **
Shade: **

Map: Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy

This location contributed by:
Barry John Raybould