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이탈리아 중부에 위치한 토스카나는  폭의 그림과도 같은 자연경관으로 유명하다. ‘이탈리아에서 가장 아름다운 이라 표현되며유럽인들도 극찬하는 최고의 여행지인 토스카나의 매력에 흠뻑 빠져보자

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중세시대의 목가적인 풍경과 고적파도처럼 넘실대는 언덕푸근한숨결의 농가고흐 그림에 자주 등장하는 삼나무들깊은 산세에서자라 풍미가 진한 포르치니 버섯… 토스카나를 빛내는 요소들은 셀수 없이 많다

또한 토스카나인들은 자연이 주는 환경에 순응하고  젖줄을 따라올리브와 포도 등의 먹거리를 길러내며길러낸 식재료로 오늘의 요리를 준비한다지구가 끓여준 온천수로는 스파를 즐기고 익고질 좋은 포도의 즙을  시간의 흐름에 맡긴  마시는 와인도 조금의 수고로움이 들어갔을  자연의  그대로다.

해가 뜨고바람이 불고강물이 흐르고달이 차고 기우는 모든 시간에 따라 서두리지 않고 천천히 살아가는 토스카나인들의 삶은 그래서 풍요롭고 더할나위없이 아름답다.

 

 슬로우 시티오르비에토 = 싱그러운 초록빛이 펼쳐진 완만한 구릉지대로 이루어진 토스카나에는 이탈리아의 진정한 매력을 품은보석 같은 소도시들이 흩어져 있다

먼저오르비에토(Orvieto) 절벽 위에 세워진 신비한 도시이자세계 최초의 ‘슬로우 시티. 1986 로마 스페인광장에 맥도날드가 문을 열었는데오르비에토를 필두로  이탈리아의 몇몇 도시들은 획일화된 인스턴트 음식을 반대하고  도시 고유의 맛을 지키자라는 취지로 슬로우 시티 운동을 시작했다그래서 이곳에는 대형마트패스트푸드인스턴트 음식을 판매하는 곳이 없다도시 외곽에있는 텃밭에서 유기농 채소와 과일 등을 재배하고 레스토랑에서는옆집 할머니가 만들어주는 듯한 소박한 음식들을 제공한다.

 

 글레디에이터의 고향발도르치아 =  퀴리쿠스를 기념해 이름붙여진  작은 마을은 유네스코 자연문화유산으로 지정될만큼 아름다운 자연을 자랑한다유명 포터그래퍼들의 촬영 포인트인 마돈나  비탈레타 교회와 넓게 펼쳐진 초록빛 초원 위에 옹기종기 모여있는  묶음의 사이프러스 나무  인상적인 풍경들이 발도르치아(Val d'Orcia) 대표한다수많은 예술가들은 발도르치아에서 영감을 받아 이곳의 독특하면서 아름다운 풍경을 화폭에 옮겼고이그림들은 르네상스 농촌 풍경의 전형이 됐다.

발도르치아는 또한 영화 <글레디에이터> (2000) 배경으로도 유명하다막시무스(러셀 크루 장군의 쉼과 평화가 있는 고향으로이곳 발도르치아가 등장한다그가 가족들을 구하기 위해 말을 타고황급히 달렸던 곳도 바로 여기 발도르치아다영화를  관객들은이 장면에서의 푸른 하늘 구름녹색의 언덕황금빛 들판포도밭포플러 등이 어우러진 그림같은 풍경을 선명히 기억하고 있을것이다.  

 스테이크 & 와인몬테풀치아노 = 몬테풀치아노(Montepulciano) 토스카나 남부 해발 605m 꼭대기에 조성된고성 마을이다. 19세기 이후 저널리스트에 의해 소개되면서 토스카나 최고 관광지로 급부상했다

몬테풀치아노 사람들은 주로 농사를 짓는다기름진 농토에는 밀을심고황량하고 비탈진 데는 포도나무를그리고  사이  곳에는올리브를 재배한다특히 T- 스테이크는 몬테풀치아노의 자랑이다이곳을 방문한 클린턴  대통령이 T- 스테이크의 남다른 맛과 풍미를 격찬했다는 일화가 유명하다토스카나에서는 스테이크를 ‘비스테카 알라 피오렌티나라고 한다. ‘피렌체  스테이크 뜻이다요리하는 방법은 숯불에 올리는 것이다겉을 바싹 익혀 살짝탄  보이지만새빨간 속은 그대로 유지되게 굽는다.

또한 몬테풀치아노의 포도는 산조베세로 ‘제우스의 라는 뜻을 품고 있다토스카나 전역에서 재배되는 이탈리아의 대표적인 품종으로 인근 지방인 에밀리아 로마냐움브리아 등에서도 흔히   있는 보편적인 품종이다그러니 이탈리아 반도 전역이 죄다 제우스의피로 물드는 것은 아니다많은 양조장들이 강한 맛을 위해 산조베세에다 토착품종이나 프랑스 품종을 혼합하는  비해 몬테풀치아노는 대부분 산조베세만으로 만든다그러니   순수한 제우스의피를 맛볼  있다

이처럼 볼거리가 넘치는 토스카나지만 이곳에서만큼은 걸음이 빠르지 않아도서두르지 않아도 아무도 재촉하지 않는다토스카나에서만큼은 현대인들이 꿈꾸던 풍요와 여유그리고 느림의 미학을 느낄  있다

 여행 Tip 

아주투어는 이탈리아 8 도시와 바티칸시국을 포함해 영국과 프랑스스위스 등을 여행하는 서유럽 11 12 여행 상품을 자신있게선보인다이탈리아와 바티칸 시국을 7 8일간 둘러보는 이탈리아일주 상품도 함께 준비돼 있다유명 도시들과 함께 이탈리아에서가장 아름다운 땅인 토스카나의 속살까지 들여다보는 차별화된 코스로 보다 예술적이고 낭만적인 여행을 선사한다

 

#사진설명

싱그러운 초록빛 초원이 드넓게 펼쳐진 ‘발도르치아 평화로운 풍경

높이 197m 이르는 아득한 바위 절벽에 세워진 ‘오르비에토에서는 느리게 여행하기의 묘미를 맛보게 된다.

몬테풀치아노 고장이 발상지인 T- 스테이크.  

오래된 돌집과 식물그리고 볕을 쬐는 고양이들이 그림엽서의 한장면을 연출한다.

 Toscana

Authentic Italy with relaxation and richness

Toscana located in the middle of Italy is known for scenic natural views. It is described as ‘The most beautiful land in Italy’, and Europeans love it for trip. Let’s be fascinated by Toscana attraction.

By Tour mentor Pyoung Sik Bahk (Aju Tour CEO). For more information, call (213)388-4000, or www.usajutour.com.


Toscana in Italy

Pastoral view of Middle Age and historical remains, hills like wave, friendly farm, Japanese cedar which is shown often in Gogh’s masterpiece, flavorful porcini mushroom… There are tons of precious factors in Toscana.

Also, Tuscans adjust to environment from nature, grow food like olive and grape and make a dish with the ingredients. Hot springs made by the earth provides spa, wine from well ripen and superior grapes is just natural with a little bit of man’s effort.

Tuscans are not in hurry but just follow the time and live in relaxation, so their life is just rich and unbeatably beautiful.


Slow city, Orvieto = In Toscana featured with green hilly districts, there are many small attractive cities.

First of all, Orvieto is located at a cliff, mystic and the first ‘slow city’ in the world.

In 1986, McDonald opened in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, but some cities in Italy led by Orvieto started slow city campaign to reject the standardized junk food but keep each city’s unique taste. So, there is no supermarket, fast food franchise and instant food in Orvieto. Organic vegetables and fruits are grown in a garden at suburbs, and restaurants provide not fancy but warm and friendly food like grandma’s food.

∎ Gladiator’s hometown, Vald’Orcia = This small town named for commemorating Quiricus has magnificent nature which is Unesco Natural Heritage. There are many impressed views that make Val d’Orcia more valuable such as Madonna di Vitaleta chapel which is famous photographer’s photo zone and cypress trees in the widely spread green meadow. Many artists were inspired by Vald’Orcia, so they drew the unique and beautiful views, and the paintings became a model of Renaissance farm view.

Vald’Orcia is also known as the movie <Gladiator> (2000) background. Vald’Orcia was shown in the movie as a hometown of Maximus (Russell Crowe). Where he galloped to save his family is also Vald’Orcia. The audiences surely remember the picture-like views with the blue sky, white cloud, green hills, gold field, vineyard and poplar.

∎ Steak & Wine… Montepulciano = Montepulciano is an old town located at 605 meters above sea-level at Southern Toscana. By being introduced by a journalist after 19th century, the town became the most famous sights in Toscana.  The most people in Montepulciano farm. They plant wheat in a fertile land, grapevine in a deserted and steep land and grow olive in between. Especially, T-bone steak is the pride of Montepulciano. A former president Clinton highly praised the T-bone steak taste and savor. In Toscana, steak is called ‘Bistecca Alla Fiorentina’, and it means ‘Firenze style steak’. It is cooked with charcoal fire. The outside looks burn, but the inside keeps red.

Also, Montepulciano grape is Sangiovese meant ‘Blood of Zeus’. Sangiovese is one of the kinds grown everywhere in Toscana and also shown in Emilia Romagna and Umbria. But, not all the Italy land is colored by Blood of Zeus‘. Many breweries mix other kinds with sangiovese to make strong flavor, but Montepulciano makes wine with mostly sangiovese. So, the wine is more pure.

Toscana is full of enjoyment, but nobody makes a push to walk fast and be in hurry. In Toscana, everyone can enjoy richness, relaxation and esthetics of slowness.

⦾ Travel Tip

Aju Tour offers a travel package which is 12 days and 11 nights travel in Italy 8 cities, Vatican City, England, France and Switzerland. There is also 8 days and 7 nights package in Italy and Vatican City. Aju provides romantic travel with differentiated course in the beautiful land Toscana as well as the famous cities.

# Picture

Peaceful views of ‘Vald’Orcia’ with fresh green meadow

Charm of slow travel at Orvieto built at the 197 meter cliff

T-bone steak of Montepulciano

Post-card like view with old house, plants, and cats tanning under the sun

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