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I don't usually take 'views', but this one
was irresistible. Italian hilltop towns in
Tuscany can be beautiful to look at for the
visitor, and are even more picturesque in
winter, so I'm told - if you can get to them
that is. The dwindling numbers of
inhabitants (the young of whom leave for
the cities and jobs) are sometimes virtually
trapped for the worst months as the
roads are all but impassable, and the
small allotments that dot the hillsides are
unworkable until the spring. This is ancient Crasciana, off the main road between Lucca
and the ski slopes of Abetone. With a population now of just over 200, the village dates
back to at least 918 and once had defensive fortifications (partly demolished in the 17th
cent. when its military garrison was disbanded). An agreeable 'tradition' has recently
arisen among many of these villages whereby the old public wood burning ovens, usually
in the main square, are fired up again - pizzas! - for a public feast in aid of the poor of the
community. If you're there, you're invited!
I don't usually take 'views', but this one was irresistible. Italian hilltop towns in Tuscany can
be beautiful to look at for the visitor, and are even more picturesque in winter, so I'm told -
if you can get to them that is. The dwindling numbers of inhabitants (the young of whom
leave for the cities and jobs) are sometimes virtually trapped for the worst months as the
roads are all but impassable, and the small allotments that dot the hillsides are unworkable
until the spring. This is ancient Crasciana, off the main road between Lucca and the ski
slopes of Abetone. With a population now of just over 200, the village dates back to at least
918 and once had defensive fortifications (partly demolished in the 17th cent. when its
military garrison was disbanded). An agreeable 'tradition' has recently arisen among many
of these villages whereby the old public wood burning ovens, usually in the main square, are
fired up again - pizzas! - for a public feast in aid of the poor of the community. If you're
there, you're invited!
I don't usually take 'views', but this one
was irresistible. Italian hilltop towns in
Tuscany can be beautiful to look at for
the visitor, and are even more
picturesque in winter, so I'm told - if you
can get to them that is. The dwindling
numbers of inhabitants (the young of
whom leave for the cities and jobs) are
sometimes virtually trapped for the
worst months as the roads are all but
impassable, and the small allotments
that dot the hillsides are unworkable until the spring. This is ancient Crasciana, off the
main road between Lucca and the ski slopes of Abetone. With a population now of just
over 200, the village dates back to at least 918 and once had defensive fortifications
(partly demolished in the 17th cent. when its military garrison was disbanded). An
agreeable 'tradition' has recently arisen among many of these villages whereby the old
public wood burning ovens, usually in the main square, are fired up again - pizzas! - for
a public feast in aid of the poor of the community. If you're there, you're invited!

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I don't usually take 'views', but this one was irresistible. Italian hilltop towns in Tuscany can be beautiful to look at for the visitor, and are even more picturesque in winter, so I'm told - if you can get to them that is. The dwindling numbers of inhabitants (the young of whom leave for the cities and jobs) are sometimes virtually trapped for the worst months as the roads are all but impassable, and the small allotments that dot the hillsides are unworkable until the spring. This is ancient Crasciana, off the main road between Lucca and the ski slopes of Abetone. With a population now of just over 200, the village dates back to at least 918 and once had defensive fortifications (partly demolished in the 17th cent. when its military garrison was disbanded). An agreeable 'tradition' has recently arisen among many of these villages whereby the old public wood burning ovens, usually in the main square, are fired up again - pizzas! - for a public feast in aid of the poor of the community. If you're there, you're invited!   
A classic wooden frame for a half-rural, half-urban landscape floating in an ivory mount.

A classic wooden frame for a half-rural, half-urban landscape floating in an ivory mount.

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