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Stone villages...

Stone villages...

In Italy visiting and seeking crowd avoidance already? The flocks visiting Rome, Florence and Venice en mass can do it to you. Head for the hills. Tour a borgo or, Italian stone village, is the answer. Quiet, unencumbered, charming. And, Lord, does Italy have some. Many were built perched on crests high above the Medieval fracas, spilling down the slopes as the times became safer. You've seen postcards. Now go see them for real. Other borghi were built as centers to vast fields of grain or rice. More of brick than stone, but just as fascinating. All are worth the stop to investigate. Today they are a passion with a digital cameras. Catch the trend.  Ambling easily through piazzettas, up & down stone lanes lined with choc-a-block stone houses, you will see the chaotic charm of the verstiges, remnants, fragments of time, the villages' histories in stone, brick, cement, etc. If you look carefully, you'll learn what is likely important to the people who live in these borghi... their church, their vegetable gardens, their dead fallen in war and inventive improvisation with sassi, among others. A photographic safari then? Or, at least, a picnic of bread, cheese & salami on an ancient stone bench in the shade of a Summer's afternoon. Take in the sights. They are unique.

The photo medley above are shots taken of the village of Codiponte in the Lunigiana of NW Tuscany, a typical and historic borgo of the area. From top left to right and on down...

Codiponte's Borgo Castello... firewood meticulously stacked for winter... faded shutters and speckled coppi e embrice roof tiles... a dominating palazzo of the 17th Century... impromptu vignette of plants and a basket against old stone... an arched bridge over a stream emptied by the heat... standard faire of a WWI war memorial cum fountain and note the bombs... cascade of stairs... the austerity of a small chapel... entry door with a moss covered plastic awning resting upon chiselled stone from ages past... a grotto to the Virgin Mary because someone saw her there once... a Medieval entrance to the dominating palazzo of before... the vine covered road leading to the old Convent of Codiponte above the village... narrow lanes nearly dug out of stone and overflowing greenery... a Madonina's daily reminder of Faith on the way to the Borgo Castello... last standing arches of the Castle of Codiponte... a stone oven making part of a lovely loggia and is one of three comunal ovens in the village... a kind of Italian log cabin... cramped stairs full of plants in pots... the ramparts of the Castle of Codiponte towering to the sky.

Your Italian Concierge knows Italy. Contact us at advice@youritalianconcierge.com when planning a trip to the land of stone villages and castles. Let us show you our Italy.

 

 

 

Italy from a window...

Italy from a window...

Eating out... at a circolo

Eating out... at a circolo