When we were young, we usually heard them with lack of attention, then we gave them more importance thanks to the tales of Quasimodo and Esmeralda and, at the end, we loved when their sound reminded us the reason why we were at the Church: that is the sound of bells.
Modern generation will hardly understand the importance they had in ancient times, when their sounds ticked the life in countryside villages, marking the beginning and the end of the day. At the rising of sun, bells sang the Ave Maria indicating it was time to leave houses and move to fields and stables; at midday, they were saying that it was time for lunch and, finally, during evening, they recalled all the workers at home.
Bells were the only way to communicate at distance and, as it happens nowadays, the rhythm changed on the bases of the message they needed to transmit: a universal language capable of transmit goys and sorrows, and to safeguard the lives inhabitants lives, warning them in case of danger. And everyone ran to discover the reason of that unexpected sound.
They represented the union of the village, sentiments, ideals and values: bells symbolized flowing life. Nowadays, we have many ways to communicate and we don’t give them importance anymore, but, when in a small village, away from the hustle of everyday life and immersed in nature, they return to play after a long period of silence, wonder is guaranteed.
Today, here in Castelfalfi – a village with more than 800 hundred years of history – bells are delighting us with their ding-dongs again, bringing us back in the past every time their sound echoes around the hills. Despite the centuries passed, the huge changes, old abandoned farmhouse brought back to life, the ancient Borgo still inspires its past, its real essence: in the morning, at midday and in the evening, they remind us that we are part of timeless tale, with indelible marks of its passage.
This is Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, a village where luxury doesn’t forget the countryside and its history, an authentic place, where days spent in holidays begin and finish at the tolling of bells.