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LANGHE : PEASANT LIFE

Hills and vineyards that alternate with castles and historic villages: this is the landscape that is proposed to those who visit the Langhe, a territory of Piemonte located between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti. A land known for its wine production, such as Barolo, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. I find myself in Cascina Mattarello, in Neive, where Beppe Marasso and Angela Dogliotti organize summer camps where work moments in the vineyards alternate with moments of conviviality, often accompanied by an excellent self-produced Nebbiolo, in which we talk about the return to a simple life, on non-violence and on spirituality. Themes that recall the thought of Lanza del Vasto, at the time of the Arca community in the 1960s. Meetings, sharing and long walks among the soft and fragrant Piemonte hills full of colors and geometric shapes, created by the vineyards, hazelnut groves and cultivated fields. Visiting people, like Giovanni and Graziella Ricchiardi, who live of the land and only of it, in a completely autonomous and consistent way with their thinking, disconnected from society, in an isolation that makes them happy by following only the rhythm of nature. Farms such as that of Luigi Chiarle, farmer, photographer, collector, famous for having created a spontaneous museum in which he keeps thousands of objects and tools, some 150 years old, which reconstruct the past not only peasant of these hills. The visit to the deconsecrated church of San Michele, in the medieval village of Neive, granted to the Orthodox community that lives in these areas permanently or seasonally, constituting most of the workforce that deals with the harvest of these lands. This concludes a journey through enchanted landscapes and simple people, with a big heart, marked by the work of the earth and always smiling.