HEART PLACES / THE TUSCANY LANDSCAPE, SOURCE OF NOURISHMENT, BEAUTY AND INEXHAUSTIBLE GIFTS

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

My recent 100 days exhibition at Rocca Aldobrandesca – the XIII Century manor on Mount Amiata – gave me the way to trip through the enchanting Tuscany landscapes, discovering its natural beauty. Whatever direction you come from, the Mount Amiata appears suddenly and unequivocally. It shows different profiles: more or less high and more or less large, depending on which side you look at it. Surely its conic shape, that in the past inspired a widespread holiness can only remind of a mother breast, source of nourishment and peace.

The legend says that the Etruscans considered the Mount Amiata a natural sanctuary, the ideal place to evoke their gods. In fact some placenames come from Etruscan and Roman gods names and many people think that, at the time of the Roman expansion in the Etruscan territory, this area was a marginal land, protected by the two-faced god Janus, that set both the geographic and sacred limit between the region dominated by Porsenna and the one dominated by the Tarquin kings.

The mount Amiata is more ancient and sacred than the Etruscans thought, it is a Great Mother full of inexhaustible gifts, that still nourishes its children.

THE TUSCANY LANDSCAPE, MOUNT AMIATA, VIEW OF RADICOFANI VALLEY

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