Maremma_Toscana; ‘forests of chestnuts and green fields of olive groves’
by Venetia Kapernekas
I am presently moved
by sundrenched Parthenope,
my thanks are for you, Ischia, to whom a fair wind has brought me
rejoicing with dear friends
from soiled productive cities.
How well you correct our injured eyes, how gently you train us to see things
and men in perspective
underneath your uniform light
From Ischia by W. H. Auden, June 1948
Visiting our Maremma Casale with my lovely Ana Nefeli, part of my daily visits are Pitigliano, Manciano, Saturnia Terme, Sorano, swimming at the Capalbio beach, Talamone, Gianella, and Ansedonia; driving late afternoons at Monte Argentario and Porto Ecole and during the early warm evenings to stop for a glass of white wine and meet friends at Il Pellicano.
‘crickets’ recital on July hot afternoon, 3 pm
the ‘infinity pool’, July, afternoon heaven,
late afternoon walks at Capalbio Scalo beach,
favorite spot to stop driving to Orbetello,
morning shopping at La Parrina, Orbetello Scalo with Ana-Nefeli
all photos ©venetia kapernekas, Maremma 2015
Maremma still maintains the artistic legacy of the region but is blessed with an unforgettable natural beauty, romantic scenery and a history which dates back to the Etruscan and Roman civilizations. Often neglected for the larger cities of Tuscany, the Maremma has remained sparsely populated, with much of the area covered with thick forests of chestnuts and beeches and sprawling green fields of olive groves and vineyards. The villages and towns situated amongst this natural paradise are charmingly small and lovingly maintained. Pieces of history, these beautiful communities transport you back to the grand and fascinating part of Italy, appearing exactly as they did in the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and the centuries that preceded them.