ITALY: A TIME TO DREAM
There is a place in Italy where time to dream has no limits. Not far south of Grosseto, between the sea and the countryside, there is Capalbio.
A magical place, where the time to dream is Now.
Here one can dream at dawn …
Just upon awakening, or coming home after a party on the beach, here’s the first big daydream: the dawn that surprises you. Yes, right here in the garden of your home. Open the window, and the world is already yours: the hills, still green from the winter, outline both a mysterious and sweet horizon, an indistinct limit between earth and sky. It’s features are tough like this ancient land but at the same time as poetic and delicate as an English watercolor.
Look up, and you still see a slice of moon, right there, behind the castle of Capalbio which, though only a few miles from the sea, seems to dominate the world.
The moon is still above you, yet the light of day is already perceptible, and in fact: here is the sun. It’s just there, right behind the magical Tarot Garden, an amazing and fascinating place. Visitors from around the world come to see the fantastic creatures created by Niki de Saint Phalle, and there they are, right in the frame of your window. With the first sunlight playfully sparkling off the thousands of little colored mirrors that form one of the most amazing Gardens in the world.
Here, you feel like you are going beyond the limit of Time because it’s right now that while you are sipping your coffee you can be enchanted by the most romantic battle that has ever been fought… the fight for the supremacy of the sky. The moon, in the end, succumbs and the sun takes over as the indisputable master throughout the day, until the evening…. when he has to give over his power to his enemy lover.
Then, the Dream continues.
Summer? Winter? It does not matter, because here the dream has no time limits, as we said. And you’ll see it right away. Go outside to the field that surrounds your home and stretches down the hills, and in every season of the year, complimented by the climate that is always softened by the proximity of the sea, you will find your Dream.
From the colorful and fragrant flowers, or the precious blooming olive groves, you will find yourself in the evergreen vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub, unique for the variety of its species, which have remained miraculously alive and unchanged over the centuries. Through the barely visible footpaths recently forged by passersby but originally worn by brigands, you can get to the village, where the dream will become more material, but no less enveloping.
Among the stone houses and uphill roads, you will discover small craft shops, with the best of local produce. Sporty and old fashioned jackets, made of rugged fabrics like Tuscany’s inhabitants; outfits designed for work in the fields and woods, but perfect for leisure time. Your free time. Then there are shops with regional products, from pasta to sauces, meat, salami, wine and oil.
And…. it’s time for lunch!
Are you hungry? … Here, the dream is at your fingertips. From the restaurant overlooking the valley with a 360 ° view to the sea and the islands, to the one built in stone, to the random tables under the ancient olive trees, to the pizzeria with a wood oven….. Wherever you choose, you will find the best food, but above all, genuine and typical local specialties. Grilled meat, game, fresh vegetables, freshly caught fish, accompanied, of course, by the best wine.
But if it is already almost summer and you are lured like a magnate to the blue of the sea, then your timeless dream can be moved to the beach.
A few miles away, you are at the wild azure sea, among unspoiled dunes which are still intact thanks to the constant and severe conservation of the area. You find yourself in front of an exquisitely boundless horizon whose limpidity makes you feel part of Infinity.
You can walk, swim, or just relax in the sun on one of the comfortable sunbeds of the beach resorts, where there is every convenience. You can also go over to the Argentario promontory and maybe rent a boat to Giglio Island or the wild Giannutri, to experience an unforgettable visit. Another local option is the Parco dell’Uccellina, a short distance away, a natural reserve unique for the variety of its landscapes: from the countryside to the woods to the Mediterranean scrub to the sea. You can walk it on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback, through fragrant trails that reach the long white beach.
Then stop for an aperitif at Talamone, with its ancient marina and its fishing boats that come and go nonstop.
Now, you still have time, all the time you want! And you can use it to drive to the north, to Grosseto, a splendid town where history is breathing everywhere. Just cross the imposing fortress walls erected by the Medici in the 15th century, or discover its ancient Roman origins, evident in the wonderful circular square where the Romanesque cathedral stands out. It has even older and noble origins, well represented in the Central Museum of Etruscan art.
In this area, even in moments of leisure, ancient history will accompany you: the taverns built into the ancient walls, or a little further north, in Castiglion della Pescaia, the port built on the mouth of the Bruna River, dominated by the promontory on which rises the ancient Castle surrounded by typical medieval houses that descend down to the transparent and turquoise sea.
But the dream still continues because you will discover, not far away, the wonderful beaches of Punta Ala, the Gothic cathedral of Massa Marittima, and … why not …. You can take an effortless drive to Siena, a famous medieval art city.
Now, your Dream has been running wild throughout the day following the attractions we have shown you, but also discovering so many others that this unique area offers you where you have chosen to live the best part of your life.
Now, it’s almost night.
But not yet, because you cannot live in Tuscany without listening to the color of sunset, which you will enjoy from the garden of your home, sipping on a cocktail in the company of friends, in the silence of the most magical time of the day.
You will be taking part, again, in the battle in the sky that is starting to become purplish: it is the moon’s turn now to take the stage in the company of the starry vault of heaven.
Quiet, the dream is not over yet!
There is the evening…. and especially the night!
In Tuscany it can be much more than a dream.
At night the noise is different. The hoopoe song marks the time of your dinner, whether you have decided to have it on your veranda or whether you have chosen one of the many exclusive restaurants in the area.
Or maybe you prefer music and dancing in the famous night spots of Argentario, or one of the romantic and evocative beach parties, or a more cultural evening at the cinema. Perhaps you would prefer a theatrical presentation under the moon in the ruins of the archaeological area of Cosa, or you could be drawn to the spa of Saturnia, to dip into the hot thermal baths with fascinating waterfalls.
For sure, you will not be bored.
But you will be very happy indeed when you choose to return to your home.
And, in the silence of the night, in front of that window you had opened at dawn, you will have a moment to look at the dark sky illuminated by millions of stars.
You’re about to draw the curtains closed, but no … wait, there’s still time for a Dream …
A falling star that shoots in front of your unbelieving eyes and disappears down there, at the end of the sky.
Behind Your Dream …
Good night, Tuscany.