Caption: Beautiful Tuscany.
All my life I dreamed of visiting Italy. I started learning Italian when I was only 16. It sounded so beautiful to me. I was in love with Italian culture, especially their music, history and passion. I used to memorize all Italian songs I heard. By the age of 18, I could speak fluent Italian.
Visiting my favourite country in the world was not only a goal, it was my biggest dream at the time. Years later, my dream came true. I went to live in Florence, the heart of Italian Renaissance.
I could write pages and pages about the majestic Florence, but instead I am going to share a poem I wrote about Tuscany's countryside while I was there.
Perhaps because I was born in a small town, or maybe because I am a nature lover, I just know that Tuscany's countryside stole my heart. Mamma Mia!
(The poem is in Spanish. I'll make sure to publish the translation later.)
Caption: Lost in "Wondertuscany".
Paraíso engendrado de belleza tú eres,
Fresca brisa de amor inundada de color
en las tardes de verano.
Veo en tus entrañas, la flor que ríe
cuando el cielo abre sus puertas
para que nazca el sol.
Gala haces de ti misma
cuando te vistes de verde y amarillo,
e invitas a correr por tu cuerpo de elefante
a niños, ancianos y jóvenes.
Caption: Taken from a high point in Tuscany.
Envuelves en delicia los corazones
de quienes te ven lucir elegante y bella,
hechicera de la vida.
Caption: Poppies in Tuscany.
Señora naturaleza, dejas retoños por doquier,
los cipreses, las amapolas,
todas las flores perfumadas a embriagar el juicio
de quien conoce tu valía.
Caption: Me drinking fresh water.
Caption: Cypress trees in Tuscany.
Paraíso mágico tú eres,
cuando regalas tu luz en faroles que penden
decorando las inmortales noches que te habitan
o cuando los refulgentes ocasos
ciegan el alma del humano en centelleos
que arden muy dentro.
Caption: Sunset in Tuscany.
Caption: Sunflower field in Tuscany.
Caption: Tuscany landscape.
Quien no ha llorado por ti Toscana.
Quien no alucinaría contigo, tus olivos.
Caption: Olive trees in the heights of Tuscany's countryside.
Caption: Me falling asleep in the shade, in the quiet countryside of Tuscany.
Caption: A different view of Tuscany. I remember I had to stop the car to get this shot, so refreshing.
¿Y tus vinos?
huella del poeta romántico
que derramó en tus valles su amor.
Caption: The peaceful countryside of Tuscany.
Quien no viviría en ti,
en tus ojos de te quiero,
en tu rostro taciturno;
perfecto para callar mis miedos.
In those days, staying in the countryside gave me the feeling of having achieved something big, my first Big Dream. Being there, in the expansive and perfect nature, feeling alive, free.
I was staying in a rather peculiar house and there were no other houses in sight. The nights were noiseless and fresh, and during the days I explored the tiny roads, the local towns and the food festival, called 'Sagra'.
Era tutto così bello, un vero sogno ad occhi aperti!
Has a country ever stolen your heart? Which one was it?
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, for liking and for being my inspiration. I really appreciate your words!
Un caro saluto (with love),