This week contemporary Tuscan author Luca Terenzoni has amiably agreed to describe his Tuscany.
Luca lives in northern Tuscany in his hometown Massa, at the foot of the Apuan Alps and under the shade of the Malaspina Castle. His unfathomable passion for French cinema has brought him to write novels based in France. His literary debut in 2010 is with “Primavera in Borgogna” (“Spring in Burgundy”), in which the protagonist, 40 year old Francesco, leaves his life in San Gimignano for a job in a winery in Burgundy where the breathtaking landscape becomes one with an intriguing love story and a mysterious past. With “Gli inevitabili incontri del destino” (“Fate’s Inevitable Encounters”) four different characters in Saint-Malo, Paris, New York and Cannes will see their lives inexplicably weaved together in a plot which won’t allow you to put the book down.
In the following extract, Luca returns for us to his beloved region.
“I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to tell you something about Montaione: a natural terrace with a charming view over the Elsa Valley and Upper Tuscany.
Very recently I pleasantly received from some friends an invitation to spend a weekend in Montaione. From the start it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for me to visit another bit of Tuscany: a region that with the harmony of its architecture and the poetry of its beautiful scenery always manages to infuse a deep sense of peace and undeniable beauty. And, as imagined, even Montaione was no exception in this regard.
My friends and I went for a very pleasant walk along the village’s streets, where I enjoyed the atmosphere of bygone days and, at the same time, was moved in discovering the picturesque nooks of alleys that would suddenly disclose between the old stone houses.
A few steps lead me to Piazza della Repubblica, the village’s main square which houses the Church of San Regolo and its adjoining bell tower. The same distance brings me to Palazzo Pretorio, whose façade still bears the old stone and glazed earthenware coat of arms dating back to the period of the podestà, medieval mayors.
Undoubtedly what made my visit memorable was actually the beautiful landscape of the Elsa Valley which I had the opportunity to admire from Montaione’s height of 342 meters. Its green rolling hills, its endless rows of vines and cypress trees neatly lined up, its olive groves and woods, confer together the undeniable triumph of nature in this little corner of paradise.”