Posted by: Debra Kolkka | April 11, 2014

Sleepy sheep, Chianti style

Driving through Chianti is like driving through a postcard. I know I have said this before, but it so incredibly beautiful it just takes your breath away. We did our usual drive from Siena to Asciano and on to Montalcino and Pienza through scenes like this.



I was commenting on the lack of animal life when we turned a corner and found these…it’s a hard life for some.






A little further along were more sheep, this time guarded by some beautiful dogs.



Most of the sheep were resting comfortably.




Some were eating lush, spring, Tuscan grass.


Then on an invisible cue they all moved off to an important sheep meeting, slowly of course.




…another day in sheep paradise.

See more of Chianti here.


  1. It is such a beautiful district, particularly out of season. Montalcino is one of my favourite spots, high up there on that hill with the excellent Brunello to taste. Beautiful photos .

    • I love Montalcino. We reluctantly drove past on our way to Spello.

  2. Oh that lovely scene with the pencil pines reminds me of Lisa Clifford’s book The Promise’ maybe set around the same part of Tuscany

    • This is my favourite drive through Tuscany. We saw pheasants too, but they wouldn’t pose for photos like the sheep.

  3. Just as you said, Debra. It is postcard beautiful!

  4. I don’t think there is a more beautiful drive….and to see such contented sheep in lush fields….sigh !!!!!

    • We have done this drive many times. I want to come back in a month to see it even more green.

  5. Hi I’m new to your blog, love your pictures, Italy looks amazing! We are going to Florence in May for our wedding anniversary do you know of any nice restaurants that are off the tourist trail? Hope I’m not being cheeky asking, I do look on web sites but I don’t think you can beat asking someone in the know, have a great day.

    • Trattoria Bordino and Casalinga. They are both covered in posts on Florence. Look in the Florence category. Also go to Caffe Giacosa.

      • Thank you! I’m really looking forward to seeing Florence.

  6. These pictures are STUNNING! So so so so so so beautiful. Do you know what kind of sheep those are? Their wools is stunning…so long and almost silky looking. So peaceful…

    • I don’t know what type of sheep they are, I only know about Australian Merinos, but they are very cute.

  7. Your photo’s are better than any postcard…..however there has never been a more apt description of a lazy and slow drive through the spring Tuscan countryside. So glad we did two weeks ago before heading to Puglia.

    • It is a gorgeous place to drive in, we do it often.

  8. Love the sheep meet!!! I wonder what was on the agenda….easter lunch perhaps??? BTW have you invested in a new camera? These pics seem more beautiful than ever! x

    • In fact it is a different camera, and I don’t like it. The photos are good, but I find it difficult to use. It is a Canon GIX. My G12 is playing up. I don’t seem to get more than 18months out of my Canons…not happy.

      • That’s interesting. It’s true you give them a workout though 😉 Like you I think if it’s not easy to use it’s only doing half its job.

  9. I so agree with you since driving through Chianti region last weekend! Love those shaggy sheep 🙂

    • We don’t often see animals. To get 2 flocks of sheep was a bonus.

  10. They are wonderful photographs.

    • Thank you, I had fun taking thm.

  11. Outstanding captures, but it seems the sheep got into the wine supply.

    • They were certainly very relaxed.

  12. I need you to show me that route Debra as I would love to ride it on the BMW with sidecar on my planned trip to Perugia in July.

    • I can certainly do that. We have been to Perugia today.

  13. Gorgeous, Debra! And believe it or not, my post from yesterday features a collection of sheep photos among an assortment of other critter pics. Your sheep, however, are SO much more fluffy than their Andean counterparts.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • I will step across and look at your sheep.

  14. Tuscany is stunning especially with the sleepy sheep. Beautiful photos Debra, thanks for sharing them. Love the second last photo, so rich, so calm, so Italian. Grazie mille.

  15. Well you certainly found a lot of lazy sheep, Debra. 🙂 The dogs are gorgeous too, and what a very scenic drive you had.

  16. Ah….you made me want to jump a plane and land there! I love Chianti wine….I bet I’d be in heaven there. 🙂

  17. Love the lazy sheep. As you said, what a life. We have’nt been to Montalcino since 1995 but must go back there again if only for the Brunello! I remember carefree afternoons motoring through that part of Tuscany en route to Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a wonderful fully working Abbey complete with monks which is well worth a visit. Southern Tuscany always seems very sleepy to me. A person could move there and simply disappear.
    What a hardship.

    • It is a truly beautiful part of the world.


    • It is one of our favourite drives in Italy.

  19. I was wow-ing on the beautiful, beautiful sceneries on the road. Really postcard-like sceneries. What a pleasure!
    I’d like to be sheepish one of these days as it has been a long time since I was one. 😀

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