Friday, September 28, 2012

Don Donovan's World - San Michele, Castiglione di Garfagnana, Tuscany

Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

28 September 2012

Leaves From My Sketchbooks. 40. San Michele, Castiglione di Garfagnana, Tuscany

Moss, when it is on top of a wall and has been in sunshine for an hour or two, makes a luxurious cushion and so I was able to work in comfort on the rendering of this ancient church in a rampart-defended hill town above the upper Serchio valley.

You can see a long way from here and I wondered how often fearful citizens might have prepared boiling pitch to pour on invaders in past years. It's peaceful now but has been raided by everyone from Longobards to Nazis; that silent tower has seen them all.


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