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Dry stone walls:near Siena you learn to build them

The dry stone walls were one of the first examples of human artifact, an attempt to change the environment to obtain a specific use: building a shelter or define a place. The ancient Greeks and Romans built dry stone walls because they were cheaper and easier to build. During a trekking itinerary into the Tuscan countryside it’s very common to see one of these walls running tight and solid along a field or covered with musk in the thick vegetation of...

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Via degli Dei: an Appennines itinerary

Why the name “Via degli Dei” (Gods’ itinerary)? Because this route passes through places with evocative names: Monte Adonis, Monzuno (Mons Jovis, Mount of Jupiter), Mount Venere, Mount Lunario (Lua was the Roman goddess of Atonement). From Fiesole to Felsina, the Etruscans walked this path for at least four centuries (VII-IV cent. BC) to expand their trade and control over the Po Valley. Later, the Romans built a real road to connect Arezzo and Rome through the Apennines. During the...