June 20, 2013 by allsho
Since Tuscany is one of the best renowned corners of my country, let me serve you with some facts about it. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not from Tuscany, don’t live there (just a 40 minutes’ drive away from one of its remotest corners), I like some things about it and dislike others. It’s just that I have a good photograph taken in Tuscany and let me caption it a bit.
- Tuscany is a region (something more similar to the English regions than the States in the US), it’s part of a country named Italy. It’s slightly smaller than Vermont (or the English South-West) and has the population of Connecticut (or a bit more than Wales), which makes of it, as Italian regions go, a fairly large and populated one.
- In Tuscany there are several cities, since centuries, in certain cases several centuries, and through history they learned to hate each other. In certain cases, they even hate each other within a city: there are city districts or quarters still at war since the Middle Ages. Of course they learned to dress it and make it look folk and tourist friendly, but it’s pure loathing that runs there.
- Pisa is one of those cities, the one with a leaning tower and other pretty stuff forever jealous for being constantly overshadowed (by a crooked shadow, actually), and it has nothing to do with pizza, although I’m sure you can find good pizza in Pisa.
- Yes there are sunflowers in Tuscany. But imagine Vermont (or the South-West) covered in sunflowers: not likely, right? So if you don’t see sunflowers, it’s because Tuscany is large and they are somewhere else. Instead, you might be seeing grass, cypress or olive trees or vines, forests, houses, rivers, rocky mountains and marble quarries, swamps and wetlands, hot springs, cold springs, basically the full works.
- That old guy with a hat sitting at a table sipping wine, yes that guy who looks so pictoresque and who just told you something you didn’t understand, well, he most likely swore or cursed. That’s the way it goes. And don’t worry, it takes a local to understand it.
- And just a word of warning: if you are a single woman, and you plan to buy some property and move there only to find out you need a plumber or an artisan for whatever needs fixing, you surely might find the good looking one who wouldn’t mind other lines of action. But don’t think his bill will be lighter for that.
- In Tuscany you can eat well and drink even better. I don’t know if Lonely Planet knows where, surely locals do. So you might want to ask them.
- People from Tuscany are used to receiving tourists. But if you go there (but this also holds true for all the country), please, save them from pain and utter discomfort: please, please, don’t ask for cappuccino after your lunch!
Well, the picture now: it was taken at the beginning of June close to Volterra. I wasn’t sure whether to use if for green, yellow or indigo. What did I choose eventually? Oh, green, right. Well, green it is. Cheers.