A Tuscan landscape

Itineraries of incomparable beauty

Looking at our hills, one immediately perceives something poignant and elusive; it could be the green and the blue that melt into one another, it may be the red frames that conquer the sky as if at the end of an eternal battle, it could be that it seems as if time has stopped and nothing has changed. Whatever it may be, it’s hard to get used to a beauty for which Tuscany and its landscapes became the model for medieval and Renaissance art. These horizons, these outward-looking perspectives that invite and capture the eye, contain without contrast, both nature’s freedom and human’s endeavour, the wilderness and the tamed land.

Lucardo is probably the most ancient settlement in Montespertoli’s municipality. Its name could derive from locus arduus but according to other sources it comes from the German Leocard or Liucard. Perhaps the name derives from the suffix “lucus” which indicated the religious rural settlements, the sacred woods. Lucardo already existed in the Lombard period when it was the administrative center of a territory that extpanded on the Virginio and the Agliena valleys and as far as the Val di Pesa and Val di Greve. According to a document preserved in the abbey of Nonantola, Lucardo was part of the abbey’s territory.

A palette of colours and emotions

It usually works like this: at first one sees shapes, lines and contours which are then filled with hues and shades, a little further on the red of a tiled roof or the stone of a farmhouse are visibile, a little further more appears the hint of a village and of the top of a castle, but still, a little further on there are other shapes, lines and outlines, similar to the previous one but always different, and finally a little further on, there is the sun that leaves no space to anything else and embraces all the visible. On the other hand, when there are clouds, at which in September farmers look at with joy or disappointment, according to the phase of the grape harvest, everyone expects the rain to refresh the greenery and to make the earth release its scent.

This is how it usually works for those who live here, for those who come and go and for those who visit for a long or a short time.