How I got to be here

The Garfagnana is a contracted universe, there is no road, path or track that fails to offer an enthralling sight or view of something altogether unexpected. That sudden vision might be a crag, a hermitage, a copse, a stream, a castle, but it might just as easily be a person. At any event, what lures me to the Garfagnana is not so much its geography, as the people that inhabit it – – and how they do so. The Garfagnana is achingly beautiful, it is wild but also embracing: but what is particularly moving is how it has been sculpted, worked upon, and its hardness softened by the people who live there.
Maurizio Maggiani