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 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.
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