Rustic, farm-fresh food: Cheese that just came off the shelf where it was aged; meat sliced right from a spit over an open fire; bread just out of a fire-fed oven;olive oil from the grove down the road. The only bummer? Tomatoes didn’t arrive in Italy until later, and no one grows tomatoes like our Italian friends.
Unspoiled countryside: No telephone poles and wires, no traffic, few crowds. Ahhh…Pull up a chair beside me and let’s just stare out at the lush hills and valleys of Tuscana.
Community: In this time period, if people didn’t know and rely on their neighbors like they were kin, they often didn’t survive the year. People needed one another and weren’t afraid to show it—I think we could learn a lot from them in what it means to have true connections.
Chivalry: I don’t know if this is a romantic ideal or truly how it was, but I love the idea of men who know they’re men—leading, pursuing, protecting and cherishing the women in their lives. (I totally value my rights as a modern woman, but there’s just something visceral about this idea of men, right? That’s what I love about Gabi and Lia—they get the chivalrous dudes, but still get to hold to their modern ideals and identity.)
Simplicity of life: I’m sure the medieval mama’s To Do List was quite lengthy, but it largely revolved around just keeping herself and her family alive. When life gets overly complicated for me, I fantasize about having to do nothing but cook, clean and care for my loved ones. Yeah, I know. I’d probably get bored after a week. But on the complicated weeks here in modern times, that sometimes sounds like the ultimate vacation to me. A place and time where I could be solely focused on my relationships and helping to keep us all alive and well.