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003 - In a Tuscan Cafe
(by Art G)

This print is available (UK only) in the following sizes:

36" x 24" Canvas (no border) - £74.99
24" x 16" Canvas (no border) - £54.99
18" x 12" Canvas (no border) - £39.99

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24" x 16" Giclee Print (plus 2" border) - £55

15" x 10" Giclee Print (plus 1.5" border) - £40
12" x 8" Welsh slate (no border) - £35


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In a Tuscan Cafe was shot whilst on a day excursion in Tuscany during a short break to Florence in March this year. The location was in the main square in the charming village of San Gimignano.

San Gimignano has a long history dating back to 63 BC, but is perhaps most famous to the tourist because of it's towers, 13 of which remain standing of the 72 originally built in the 14th century, when every well off family built a tower to show it's economical power.

Known as the Town of Fine Towers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and situated midway between Florence and Siena; San Gimignano attracts millions of tourists annually. The town does struggle somewhat with the numbers with 3 times as many coaches arriving daily at the height of the tourist season than the coach parks can accommodate.

"In a Tuscan Cafe" was shot in the small but charming main square where many visitors seem to congregate, before they head back to their coaches for the next leg of their tour. I sat in one of the cafe's shooting the scenery, the passers by, and also those sat enjoying the fine food and drinks on offer in the cafe. However  it was when the tables were vacated that it looked more interesting, particularly with the cafe entrance set out of focus in the background.

This image so eloquently sums up the 'Hit and Run' tourism which is a curse of many Tuscan villages... a quick glass of wine or a coffee and on their way again. Unfortunately this does little to help the town's economy, so if and when you do visit Tuscany by all means (and I would definitely recommend it) put a visit to San Gimignano on your itinerary, there is plenty of accommodation in the area, but do remember the shops and museums need your tourist dollars too, and not just the cafe's.

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