THE Traveler: Tom Koch of Edina.

The scene: Morning sun reflects off the windows of a farmhouse in the foggy Tuscan countryside outside San Gimignano, a medieval hillside town encircled by walls.

The trip: "We have hiked a portion of the Via Francigena, which travels through the heart of Tuscany and San Gimignano. Once the day tourists leave San Gimignano, one feels transported back to medieval times," Koch wrote in an e-mail. Via Francigena is a medieval route that once linked Canterbury and Rome. "We chose to stay at Fattoria San Donato, an agriturismo, so we could spend some time at a working vineyard and get the chance to meet some rural Italians. The people at the agriturismo welcomed us like we were long-lost family," he said. San Donato is its own tiny village and a farm that produces wine, olive oil and saffron.

Getting The shot: "As the sun slowly burned through the fog, there was a brief moment when the morning sun reflected off the windows of a farmhouse across the valley," Koch wrote. "I wanted to share this photograph to show the quiet beauty of Tuscany." He used his Nikon D-90 to get the shot the morning after they arrived.

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