Really Small Town Italy

I often wonder how many people have a distorted idea of Italy when they only stop over in Venice, Rome and Florence. Most visitors to Italy never get to see a really small town like our town, Piano di Collecchia, up close and personal. Sure, maybe you zip by in the Alfa…

In any case, I’ve posted some pictures of my little Piano di Collecchia, the town where which sits pretty while it awaits my return. Here’s how it is wedged into one of the Lunigiana’s three valleys:

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View of Piano di Collecchia

Our place is to the left in the upper row of connected living spaces.

Piano di Collecchia is a small town that doesn’t have any services, but is a 20 minute walk away from Serricciolo, which currently features a small supermarket. I say currently because a lot of small businesses have been failing recently due to ever larger supermarkets being built in larger towns. It’s a shame; we’ve lost our nice vegetable store and the butcher so far…

And in case you’re interested, here are some pictures of what’s around us.

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Entering Piano di Collecchia
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Sunset from my window
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Corn for Polenta, drying in the sun in front of the church.
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Nicolo and the Pizza Oven
Horses, Piano di Collecchia
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Pathway behind the house

There’s much more, of course, including prize-winning olive oil and DOP Chestnut honey. Everyone makes wine, and most folks have at least one orto or vegetable garden that feeds the family and maybe 10 others. We are likely to be the only folks who have to buy eggs. We are safe from the ravages of most deviant political parties, and our neighbors are salt of the earth people. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

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