Badia a Coltibuono one year later

Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany – July 2010

It was here, in the heart of Chiantishire, that “my lemons bloomed” last year. The idea of creating my own blog, Where Lemons Blossom, dawned upon me while enjoing the breath-taking sight of the old abbey, today a bed&breakfast, surrounded by the ancient vine-yards (Badia a Coltibuono). I thought to myself: how much I love all this and how much I love my country (despite the insane passion of Italians for soccer and their inborn incapability of producing decent politicians).  Soon afterwards I heard a guide talking to a group of American tourists showing them the magnificent Renaissance garden. She was very detailed in her explanation and yet I felt that something was missing, as if she was lacking something. What was it? I could hardly tell but I felt it had to do with a person’s genetical code. I feel Italian from the tip of my toes up to my curls and it is as if I needed to share my love for Italy with the rest of the world. I know, that sounds megalomaniac but then again, let me remind you of Woody Allen’s immortal words while defending from the accuse of thinking he was God: I gotta model myself after someone!

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