Early autumn makes you understand why Tuscany is blessed by God. The sight is clear, the 26° C day time temperature is very, very agreeable and 16° C at night are acceptable, too. One can still enjoy sun bathes and sleep without quilts. It’s the perfect mixture to smooth nerves stressed by weeks of unbearable heat. Italy, after all, is that one place you don’t want to miss in your life.
This time of the year is also the best moment to go to the sea. No noisy beaches burst by the blaring of radios. No publicity slogans shouted from loudspeakers on small boats crossing in front of the shore. No coastline overcrowded by sun burned bodies generously anointed with sun oil. No umbrellas and deckchairs, sexy costumes, colorful hats and trendy sunglasses.
It is a completely different world where everything and everybody seems to have calmed down. People come just for the sake of enjoying the mild, sunny afternoons. The temperature is still warm enough to let you relax in the clear, clean water rich in oxygen: it’s like swimming in champagne! The aggressive sunbeams have turned into gentle caresses preparing our bodies (and souls) for the winter season. All stress is banished: one can show a well nourished belly, a couple of kilos overweight, stretch marks or orange peel skin without feeling guilty.
It is the most intimate and reassuring season of the year. Some just lay in the sand, without a towel, to feel one with nature and to catch even the last tiny little warmth coming from the sand. Couples walk hand in hand, the teenager’s courting is delicate and innocent. Joggers run for pure pleasure, beach volley crews play just for fun. Paradise must be like this!
The weather forecast is positive: we can probably enjoy this big gift from nature for the whole month. I’m definitely ready to go! Do you want a lift?
Anneliese Rabl …. finding a life in Tuscany