Under the Tuscania Sun

Jul 8, 2011 by    Posted under: Travel

My first thought when I arrived in Tuscania was, “I’ve just walked into a postcard”. This little town sits in the countryside about two hours north of Rome. There are waves of purple and yellow and orange flowered fields, dried grass and farmhouses dotting the landscape. There are quaint shops, bubbling fountains, older Italian men sitting outside cafes ogling the women passing by. And in the midst of all this, there is a bona fide walled medieval town.

The walled part of Tuscania is absolutely incredible. Standing in this town that dates back to the 8th century, with people still living here, is almost an out of body experience. Naive as it may be, I feel surprised to hear radios playing, cell phones ringing and see cars squeezed into the narrow alleyways. There should be wagons being pulled down these streets and pigs and chickens running wild in the squares. It feels unreal to be in a place so old that’s still inhabited. To compare this to my American experience, I used to live the historic part of my town and the house I lived in dated back to 1920.

What’s also so amazing is that this walled part of Tuscania has been able to adapt itself for nearly a thousand years to stay habitable. Water, electricity, modern plumbing have all been installed while the buildings and walls remain.

It’s funny, some of the places I’ve visited on this trip, Tuscania included, have been so stereotypical, so exactly how I imagined them to be, that I’ve sometimes felt like I was on a movie set. Or in Disney’s Epcot. Growing up in a country so young, especially compared to European countries, this is what I have to reference it to. And I really appreciate the fact that I am still so amazed and awestruck at being in these places, even having traveled as much as I have. I don’t take one ancient stone for granted.

Tuscania actually goes back much father than the middle ages. The Etruscans were there about 700 years before Christ and there are still Etruscan ruins around and the town has a nice museum with Etruscan artifacts. You can see photos of some Etruscan remains along with more of Tuscania at Where in the World is Basha’s Facebook page.

Tuscania is about two hours north of Rome in Italy’s Lazio region. I took a day trip to Rome, where the most challenging thing is not the language barrier, but crossing the street. Check back soon to read how I attempted to see Rome in a day!

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  • Basha,

    What an amazing journey you take us on when you share the amazing stories and most beautiful images of your journies in life. I feel like you have taken me there with you. Your message of embracing travel and life is one we all can learn from. Thank you Basha. You make all the difference with your footprints in this world from.

  • Thank you for the kind words, WC. I’m looking forward to OUR Italian adventure (which will happen one of these days). I can already see the fun we’ll have, the food we’ll eat and the gorgeous men we’ll flirt with!

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