A Dawn Stroll With the Spirits of Castelvecchio

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Looking outside the window after waking up far too early at 5.30am, I noticed that last night’s rain had left the village smothering in a blanket of eerie mist. A howling opportunity lay in wait at the local graveyard for me to take some picturesque snaps. These are some of the scenes I captured.

Castelvecchio dawn, Pescia, Tuscany

Castelvecchio Cemetery Gate

Castelvecchio Cemetery Gate outside

Castlevecchio Cemetery Cross above Gate

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Castelvecchio Cemetery Tomb Stones

I came across a gravestone in remembrance of three local villagers who lost their lives here in Castelvecchio during the fighting of World War II.  Danilo, Luigi and Divo were all struck by Allied artillery on 24th September 1944 during the liberation of their homeland.

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The local church (La Pieve di  Sant’Ansano e San Tommaso) stands  beside the cemetery.

Castelvecchio Cemetery tomb stones, Il Pieve/Parish Church in the background

Pieve/Parish Church (La Pieve di  Sant'Ansano e San Tommaso) outside Castelvecchio Cemetery

Continuing my way past the Pieve, downwards into the village centre, I take a look back, my mind now  filled with wonder about these innocent lives lost during this dreadful time.  With the civil fighting between the Partisans and Fascists, the Allies and Germans, what was it truly like to live here? Caught up in their rifts, gunshots and bombings? Especially during that fateful year of 1944-1945 when missions were stepped up around the Italian villages and executions of locals carried out.

Castelvecchio Street

I crept back into my house, the children still asleep, I sneaked a little kiss on their cheeks, feeling grateful and fortunate that our streets and villages are safe from such atrocity.

Nowadays, one will find Castelvecchio tranquil, colourful  and charming.  Living and holidaying among the Italians in  harmony are a friendly mixture of Germans, English, Scots, Irish, Americans, etc, making it a great spot for relaxation and peace.

I made my way back to bed where I lay awake, pondering on where to find information on this period and of those lives so sadly lost in Castelvecchio.

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I'm a English photographer and mother living in a quaint medieval village in the hills of Tuscany, Italy. Almost every day I find myself lost in the stunning landscape and architecture of these ancient settlements. I try and portray this beauty through my images, in hope of transporting those browsing to a more peaceful and tranquil place.

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  1. massimo
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    Brava Susan, hai proprio un bellissimo sito web. Congratulation
    Massimo

    • TuscanyVillages
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      Grazie mille Massimo. Tutte passione! Come te. Io amo le tue immagini
      Thanks very much Massimo. All from passion! Like you. I love your images.

  2. Michele & Bruce
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    Susan, these images and your words are beautiful. So happy you’re happy….

    • TuscanyVillages
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      Thank you Michele and Bruce:-). Hope u can make it to this wonderful part of Tuscany oneday.

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