The unique and amazing landscapes are the protagonists of this issue of e-borghi travel, they are the tiles of a mosaic in balance with the nature and the human will. The main feature of the Italian landscapes is their diversity, a tapestry where the genius loci can make the difference to make a site unique with its own DNA, to frame its soul and its face on a composite picture. Our journey starts from the green velvet of the Cimbrian Alps in Trentino, a region of the Alps that discloses ancient origins then we reach Friuli-Venezia Giulia with its unexpected gifts in a generous nature. Then we move to the Po Delta featured by villages that are spread around like the confetti and a magic lagoon. Then there are the salt marshes: wind, sun, water and the production of salt, the white gold of the Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards we reach Tuscany and the Orcia Valley, a series of hills covered in vineyards, olive and chestnut trees, Medieval villages, castles, abbeys and parish churches while on the East side we suggest you to visit the “villages of the infinite” that remind of Leopardi where the landscape is the source of the inspiration for the past and the present artists. Basilicata welcomes you in the South of Italy, it’s a charming area featured by its perched villages and hardworking little towns and Matera which is the pearl of this region and the European capital of culture in 2019. You must discover these landscapes quietly by following the pace of a slow tourism to enjoy the beauty and sip it like the “landscapes of contemplation” in Calabria that tell you about the art, the nature, the villages and the traditions. Then our curiosity crossed the borders and reached the French landscapes that will impress you with their unexpected sceneries. In the meantime the nature is turned into an individual view by the human sight: Goethe wrote it in his “Italian Journey” and Georg Simmel went deeper into this view in his “Philosophy of landscape” where he wrote «the landscape is the territory of the human action which relentlessly changes it». So the Italian landscapes are always in progress in the name of unforgettable memories and feelings.
Luciana Francesca Rebonato