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January 1, 2018

Vellano Summer 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 7:18 pm

The summer of 2017 in Tuscany will be recorded as one of the hottest and driest on record, however a memorable one at Casa Verde.  Here for the New Year is a record of the summer 2017 and we look forward to your visit here to Vellano and to our website:

www.tuscanyholidays-casaverde.com.

Vellano has had a very festive Summer too with 10 days of the local Ferragosto event at the local village center with dancing both traditional, contemporary and ever so slightly crazy.  Plus an entertaining and very popular evening with a very plausible Freddie Mercury impersonator that we all enjoyed singing along with.

 

‘Freddie Mercury’ at Ferragosto

Several Friday evenings in the Piazza at the top of the village were filled by visitors and locals alike for Pizza, music and catching up with friends and local Vellanese. Darren won first prize in the tombola, salami and cheese selection, fantastic!

Pizza in the Piazza at Vellano

The Vellanese crowd in our local Piazza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tuscan coast shimmered in the summer haze and a visit to the peninsular near Bocca del Magro, and the local town of Sarzana on the Tuscany/Ligurian border was a delight. This area provides us with outstanding vistas and views of charming villas and coves around the coast Lerici.  A Roman Villa near Lago Massacciucoli is the ancient backdrop to the lake as it looks over towards Torre del Lago and the coast, again walking in the area provides the best insights into what this location has to offer.  Walking is the theme again as we ventured to the rocky edges of Tuscan and Emilia Romagna and just over the Appennine ridge we climbed the mighty Monte Cimone, at 2165 m it is the highest peak hereabouts and mighty long climb up from Abetone through forests and then along the mountain ridge.  Most walking here, be it short or long, eventaully takes you through a beautiful olive grove somewhere, and this warm year has provided us with a bumper olive harvest at Casa Verde to savour and remember.  This olive oil is to keep us stocked maybe for several years and marks the end 0f 2017 as a long hot season that has been mightily fruitful.

Monte Cimone

 

Massaciuccoli

Bocca del Magro, Tuscan Coast

Casa Verde Olive Oil 2017

Olive Grove

Casa Verde can be seen on the hillside of this old photo

 Happy New Year from Casa Verde.

1 Comment »

  1. Lovely, Darren, makes me nostalgic for my Vellano days. But then wherever I am, I can get nostalgic for all of them, Vellano, Barga, and Provence. But I think I miss Lucca the most, nowhere has quite hit the spot in the same way. And I think I shall return to the UK in the coming months, to the south, probably Dorset, currently mulling. I know, me, she who curled her lip at anyone who went back to the UK once they’d left… I’m amazing myself! Doesn’t mean I can’t come back for a look though, and you’re on my list! Lots of love xx

    Comment by Ana — February 3, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

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