Posted by: Brad Nixon | November 15, 2016

An Italian Medieval Village Untouched by Modernity

Today I feature a guest post from an informative blogger, careful observer and good writer with one of my favorite blog names, La Brutta Figura. An expatriate living in the Veneto of Italy, she writes thoughtful articles, often about lesser-known places in Italy or details of daily life from a visitor’s perspective. This piece is typical, describing a Medieval village that doesn’t appear on most itineraries: the kind of location most tourists don’t have an opportunity to see. I hope you’ll find it interesting and read some of her other posts while you’re there.

La Brutta Figura

Castell’ Arquato, Emilia-Romagna – ideal day getaway from Milan.

11998960_10153526002385053_5945083266990534109_nA hilltop wonder, you approach the town through a grand archway, looking up at the towers and spires that define the skyline. Just inside the gateway we witnessed a scene worthy of a Fellini film. A window banged open above us and grandmother’s head popped out. ‘Filippo!’, she called down to the floor below. A second later the window below opened. The grandmother produced a basket covered with a flowery cloth, attached to a crudely constructed pulley system. She lowered the basket down to her son below, bellowed ‘buon appetito’, and withdrew. This brief scene of daily life is representative of a village frozen in time and its enduring culture of family life.

While there are many hilltop villages with quaint cobbled streets and stray cats, Castell’Arquato is impressive for the sheer size and integrity of the historic village. Often borghi

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