'Rustic' Italy...

I'm lucky enough to have a wonderful Italian girlfriend and she's lucky enough to have a family home tucked away in the mountains of Northern Italy. We managed to spend a week out there at the end of August, and despite it being a week 'off' for relaxation, walks, reading etc I obviously couldn't resist taking the camera and maxing out the EasyJet cabin allowance accordingly!

This particular area of Italy is the Trentino region and is near the towns of Levico Terme and Trento. Nestled 3/4 of the way up a Mountain the house is beautifully positioned on a very quiet track/road with a nice vista across the valley and with woodland behind. This type of location is popular with locals who often have a house 'up' in the mountains and historically many families came up for the whole summer, to escape the 35 degree heat in the valley and to have an extended holiday. I get the feeling as the ongoing surge of commercialism and 24/7 work nibbles away at society generally (albeit met with different levels of adoption across Europe) that far fewer families make this traditional escape, and certainly not for weeks on end. 

The houses are sparsely spread as the road winds up the mountain with just the odd residence here and there and the occasional cluster of 2 or 3 buildings together. I wonder what will happen to these buildings as many are in need of some repair. Will they be consigned to dereliction or will there be an appetite to restore and save them whilst retaining the character? I'd be interested to see their state in 100 years, if I had to guess I'd say many will be exactly the same. Perhaps like other historic parts of Italy, where cities retain period buildings and appear in some sort of architectural time warp (no bad thing!), they will assume a timeless look that helps cement this countries reputation for character and beauty in architecture. As you can see, beauty can also be rustic....