Tuscany – Ecology and Country life

by Samuele Sodini

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Here in Tuscany, ecology and country life play a primary role.
As soon as you arrive just take a look: some of the panoramas seem to be the handiwork of a genius, a great artist.
In this case the artists are those who have cultivated this land, while respecting its identity, contents and history.
Some islands of the Tuscan archipelago offer corse in nature photography and bird watching-the Corsican seagull, the blue rock thrush, the raven-courses for learning to recognise nature and name plants and birds, to interpret sounds and recognise smells, all precious signals that mother earth continue sto send us constantly, and which we are increasingly likely to ignore or unable to under stand.
There are many offers to get to know country life: for example museums with interesting small exhibitions.
The truffle museum in San Giovanni d’Asso, the share-cropping museum in Buonconvento, the landscape museum in Castelnuovo Berardenga or the oil museum in Serre di Rapolano.
But you can also approach it directly, by tasting typical products: the light odour of saffron cultivated for centuries on the Florentine hills, in San Gimignano and the Val d’Orcia, the taste of sheep’s cheese seasoned in the terracotta vases as the farmers have done as far back as the Middle Age.
There will be opportunità to taste freshly baked bread, after following it rising, and to accompagny it with the rich taste of a Chianina beef steak or a Cinta Senese salami,or, if you prefer, ham matured breathing the air of the Casentino or Garfagnana.
You will have the possibility to enter the production laboratories and abserve the slow, ripetitive gestures of those who know the subject, love nature and are not disloyal to history.

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