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Italy; the ancient estate of Castello di Reschio in the Umbrian hills and Tristano di Robilant’s studio in Ripabianca close to Perugia and Chiesa di S.Pietro at Tuscania

While vacationing in my paradise Maremma, on  August 11th, upon a lovely invitation by a german collector, I drove from Maremma to the beautiful  area of Niccone valley/Umbrian hills to  attend  an exhibition by  Calyxte Campe at the Tabaccaia  at   the  amazing Castello di Reschio (Reschio is a thriving,  family-run  estate whose history can be traced back to the beginning of the 11th century). It was an amazing 3 hour trip,  from Pitigliano to Sorano and then thru Acquapente and Ficulle and Todi and  Castiglione Magione del Lago.

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(above: opening exhibition by Calyxte Campe, photo@Tabaccaia,Castello di Reschio

a lovely and generous dinner followed at the private estate of the Bolza family (Thank you so much Conte Benedikt and Nencia)
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The architecture and restoration work at Reschio marries traditional Umbrian building-styles with an extraordinary contemporary sense of design. Each finished building is a beautiful piece of living architecture built for the modern world in the time-honoured traditions of Umbria and Tuscany.

Reschio is home to the Bolza family who, over the last twenty years, have been restoring its secluded ancient Umbrian farmhouses into masterpieces of contemporary architecture and design. Benedikt Bolza’s  interiors combine traditional artisanal detailing with a bold contemporary aesthetic.

The Tabaccaia (where the exhibition) was a former tobacco processing factory built in the 1940s and since renovation was completed in June 2013 has become the creative heart of the Reschio Estate.

see more of  the estate here

http://www.reschio.com/creative_centre.php

That evening I  stayed  at the  lovely Ca’ di Costo, run and owned by Jenny Nichols (Jenny is an amazing chef )

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highly recommended on your next Italian trip

www.slowcooking.homestead.com

I continued next day my trip back to Maremma thru Perugia with a visit at the  house /studio of my friend and wonderful artist Tristano di Robilant, at Ripabianca, (at comune of Deruta in the province of Perugia) and  sharing a homemade lunch at his home/studio. (below some pics)

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I continued the trip back to my house in Manciano,  thru Montalto di Castro, and  a stop  with Tristano at  Chiesa di S. Pietro at Tuscania

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Maremma_Toscana; ‘forests of chestnuts and green fields of olive groves’

ISCHIA
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

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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.

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 ‘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.

Elisa is a native Australian with a beautiful blog about Maremma/Toscana

 

 

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