Photographer's Note

On the gentle slopes to the North West of Lucca is the centuries old Tenuta Di Forci. Originally built in the ninth century as a hunting lodge for the aristocracy, today it is a working one thousand acre farm. There are twenty seven surviving farm houses on the estate, all of these are used by the farm workers or rented to visiting ex-pats. The youngest surviving farm house is three hundred and fifty years old, that’s one hundred and thirty years before Captain Cook “discovered” Australia.
The houses are set in a rustic environment, lying on the hills among olive groves and vineyards, with a fabulous view overlooking in the distance, Lucca, Pisa, Livorno and the sea. Tenuta di Forci, estate produces, wine, olive oil, olives, vinegar, cheese, honey and grappa. I can vouch for the olive oil, it is delicious.
The two buildings photographed were constructed in the thirteenth century, the incongruity of the scene struck me. Here we have these ancient buildings and what do we have parked in front of one of them, a P plate driver. A chariot would have been much more suitable.

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Additional Photos by Peter Wall (phwall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 986 W: 187 N: 1770] (6785)
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