SUMMER IN CORTONA

SUMMER IS ONE OF CORTONA'S MOST SUGGESTIVE SEASONS ABETTED BY THE BLAZING HEAT CEASING ONLY AT NIGHT...

Morning: Awakening to the cool of the day, revitalised, accompanied by the sounds of shutters drawn up, deliveries in arrival, shop fronts being swept, tables and chairs set out in piazzas and the aroma of fresh ground coffee and cornetti hanging in the air.
Midday: Shimmering asphalt melting in the blazing heat, a haze falling across the plains against a constant backdrop of sound which is the chirping of cicalas.
Sunflowers turning their faces to the sun as the grapes ripen on the vines and farmers make summer sculptures of hay across the landscape.
Sunflowers turning their faces to the sun...
Grapes ripening on the vine...
Late afternoon: a feint breeze as the sun starts to drop on the horizon, shooting its rays towards the town and reflecting off windows in a symphony of refracted light.
Evening: The cries of swifts, ever more numerous, contemplating their departure. The evening passeggiata as the town and its guests descend into the piazzas which, as dusk falls, are slowly deserted.
Night: the quiet whispering of ancient stone beginning to cool, ethereal bats, black shadows on a night sky; muted conversations drifting up from the piazzas; nocturnal gatherings of those unable to sleep in the heat of the summer.
Team, 22/07/2021 11:56:03

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