Gentle Giant

Mulin a Vento

Mulino a Vento

Don Quixote might mistake the windmill called Mulino a Vento as a “giant,” standing on top of the ridge, with arms outstretched over the valley below, ready to do battle with any approaching foe. It surely must be a giant, right, because there aren’t any windmills in Tuscany? Everybody knows that! Right? Well, “everybody” is mistaken. When we happened upon it the other day, we couldn’t help but tilt our camera a few times to capture proof for those of you who might be interested in a little magic and Tuscan folklore.

inside the windmill

inside the windmill

An 18th century work of art, the lone mulino, mill has been completely restored and still produces flour just like it did centuries ago. The only working windmill in Tuscany, it towers over the picturesque vineyards of Rufina, gathering gentle breezes to power the massive millstones inside. The artisans of the time really knew their craft, making the intricate gears from different types of wood, depending on the work to be done. Ingenious! Green technology is really nothing new. There’s also a great restaurant across the quiet country road by the same name as the Mill.

drift off into a giant dream!

drift off into a giant dream!

One sunny spring morning, you too might consider walking the sentiero, trail from the historic town of Santa Brigida, just outside of Florence. Wander through cypress woods, vineyards and olive groves to visit the fascinating windmill on the hill. Maybe even have lunch at Ristorante Mulino a Vento. Then sit for a spell in the sling chairs overlooking the distant villa, serenaded by the chorus of songbirds nearby. Let yourself drift slowly into sleep. Soon . . . you will be dreaming about a quiet life in Tuscany, intoxicated by the warmth of the sun and the fragrance of spring. Perhaps you might even decide to throw caution to the wind, and stay longer than you planned—safe in the protective, outstretched arms of the hilltop’s gentle giant.

 

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About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at www.uncommonpromise.wordpress.com. We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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