Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tour around Castiglion Fiorentino

EV: We have been on many adventures already in the little time that we have been in Castiglion Fiorentino and all of them have been incredible.  I have never taken an agriculture class before and so far, because of this class, I have become so much more aware of the vegetation around me.
On Sunday, May, 27th, a local man from Castiglion Fiorentino took us on a historical tour of the town.  We got to go in a couple of old churches around town and they were so incredible and full of history.  He explained to us how the town has changed over the past centuries and took us through all of the districts of the town.  It was a great experience to get to learn the history and to hear the quirky little side stories about the various buildings.  One in particular that I thought was really interesting was about a fig tree that was growing on the top of the bell tower of one of the old, closed churches.  According to the story, the townspeople of Castiglion Fiorentino have been cutting this tree down from the top of the bell tower for years and years.  The tree, however, kept growing back no matter how many times they tried to get rid of it. It is still growing on the top of that bell tower to this day and it is really cool! The locals take it in as part of the character and history of this charming Tuscan town that sits on the top of a hill.

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