15 Jan 2013

I love naked trees. Just like us, they stand there, waiting for the winter to pass. And then, all of a sudden, they cover in buds and bear the promise of a bright spring.

Tuscany through my eyes – Week 7

Now that my project about Tuscany over the seasons is over, I have decided to start a new project: Tuscany through my eyes. Well, more or less… I am planning on publishing one or more photos of Tuscany every week, and not just some beautiful photos, but images that “match” the way I see my beautiful region at that time of the year. I will publish photos that I have taken and photos that I have not taken but I wish I had! 52 posts to show you Tuscany the way I see it and feel it. Here are the other posts in the series.

Week 7 – Naked trees

January can go either way: it can be freezing cold or it can offer the first taste of spring. A mix of the two is, in fact, not uncommon. If you happen to be in Tuscany in January, though, you can be sure that you will get to see a mix of evergreen trees, such as cypress trees, olive trees and certain types of oak, trees with dried up leaves still hanging on them, and leafless trees.

Trees in Tuscany

(Photo by Benedetta Castellini)

I love the silver olives: they take on that distinctive color of the winter days as soon as the first cold winds start to blow.  The Etruscans believed olive trees were alive because they always feel kind of warm if you touch their trunk, even in winter. It is unique.

But what I love the most are those knotty bare trees standing alone in the middle of a field, or in small groups like sheep when they gather all together to keep warm. Leafless trees are almost magical. They are iconic of the winter until, all of a sudden, they cover in buds and bear the promise of a bright spring.


I love looking out of our sitting room window over Monte Amiata. Even on the days when the sky is dark and threatening rain, those bare branches are a thing of beauty to me.


Just like us, they are just there, waiting for the winter to pass.



  1. Oh Gloria! Don’t know where to start and where to end beautiful Tuscany what lovely flower…..

  2. Hi Gloria!
    I don’t know whom you are i know you as a tuscany writter but after reading your blogs i feel like i became very close to you and Tuscany. I am a normal middle class Indian If i suppose to visit Italy (Tuscany) where i can find a affordable tour package. I cant spend Lakhs but i longing to visit all these beautiful place atleast once.

    • Hi Meena, thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will find a tour that suits your needs soon! Best,

  3. joanna

    Hello! I have just stumbled across your blog and enjoying it so much, thankyou!
    I visited Tuscany for the first time in Spring and have many photos of the trees too. Do you know the kinds of trees? Especially the tall, skinny bare ones in the third picture down on this page? I loved looking up through their spindly branches! Hope to come back again soon and see them with their leaves:0)

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