Nortosce: the Italian city the place simply two individuals reside, however put on masks
(CNN) – They are the only ones living in a small Italian village, but the retired elderly people are not doing anything to comply with the strict Covid-19 rules.
Giovanni Carilli and Giampiero Nobili wear masks every time they meet and insist on standing up to one meter, even though they have no neighbors and never leave the town of Nortosce.
Located in the Perugia region of Umbria, popular with tourists, Nortosce lives at the top of a rocky plateau in the Nerina Valley at an altitude of 3,000 feet[900 m]making it extremely difficult to reach.
But even though they are far away, Carilli, 82, or Nobili, 74, does not protect herself from the virus, which has killed at least 37,000 people in Italy.
“I’m dying of the virus,” Carilli tells CNN Travel. “If I am sick, alone, who can take care of me?
“I’m old, but I want to continue to take care of sheep, vines, hives and orchards. Hunting truffles and mushrooms. I enjoy my life.”
‘The Great Controversy’
Giovanni Carilli and Giampiero Nobili are the only residents of Nortosce.
While local police have been offering fines ranging from € 400 to € 1,000 (approximately $ 470 to $ 1,170) for those who refuse to wear masks in other cities in the country, Carilli and Nobili, cover their faces with a holy law.
Nobili feels that it would be disrespectful to ignore any of the methods used during the epidemic, even in special circumstances.
“Wearing a mask and respecting social distance is not just about health,” he says.
“It’s not a ‘bad’ or ‘good’ thing. If there are rules you have to follow those rules for yourself and other people. It’s a matter of ethics.”
When the two meet to make an espresso at Carilli’s house, they sit at a two-meter table, one at the end.
They also make sure that they keep their journey on a regular basis to the ancient Roman fountain of water to draw fresh spring water.
Carilli was born in the village, but spent a lot of time producing animals in Rome, before returning to her home after retirement.
Nobili, the sister of Carilli’s brother-in-law, also decided to stay here during her western years.
However, they still produce gemstones, explaining that the abundance of nature in the town, which is surrounded by beautiful forests, contributes to the development of its art.
Many former settlers fled to Rome and other cities to find work following several earthquakes in Italy in the late 90’s, Carilli and Nobili often settled in the town.
Except for each other, their friends and the Carilli dog and the five sheep they keep behind them – although they sometimes still meet relatives outside the village.
A solitary city
His only companions are Carilli’s five sheep, and his male dog.
Nortosce is connected to the mainland by a single, winding road and has no guarding, spectacular view of the wild mountain of Sibillini, where travelers and travelers once roamed.
“The road ends right here, so no one comes unless they head straight for Nortosce,” says Carilli, who often goes hunting with her beloved dog.
“There is little discussion, in the summer, when families return to their parents’ home. Many people have fled in the past because of several deadly earthquakes.”
Once in the mountains, Nortosce is a good place to visit the Abruzzo and Marche regions, especially the ancient Roman town of Ascoli Piceno.
The village dates back to the Middle Ages and according to legend, the first resident was a farmer from the nearby town of Rocchetta who came to plant peanuts in an orchard.
The name Nortosce is derived from the combination of the words “nuts” and “orchards” in the ancient vernacular.
Carilli fondly remembers the harvest festivals that take place in the front yard of her house, where the villagers bring cattle to tread on for their cleansing.
He also remembers his mother and friends walking around carrying ceramic pots on their heads to fetch the refreshing water that came out of the old corridors.
The town’s narrow streets and roads lead to the magnificent old belvedere church, as well as the ruins of the oldest part of the house, covered with green grass, where several new houses have already been built.
When the old palace of Nortosce collapsed years ago, the red, pink, green, orange, and creamy houses with bright windows and intermediate walls remained intact – though they had been refreshed following the last major earthquake of the 1970s. Its stone-paved roads are also well preserved.
The many rugged stone barns and cages with antique wooden doors and metal buttons found here give a glimpse of ancient rural life.
Meanwhile, the old donkey trails, now hidden by the trees, descend on the hill where the old railroad ran, while abandoned vans, which had previously contributed to the quake after the earthquake, have well-maintained fields.
Nobili, who is seen outside her home, is said to have enjoyed a simple life in a secluded town.
Since there are no bars, hotels, restaurants, or even a small market here, the two of them have to get through the necessities, and sometimes visit nearby cities when needed.
“We live a simple life: all we have to provide is fresh air of oxygen, tranquility, tranquility and healthy water in the mountains,” says Carilli.
“That’s our salvation. Every time I have to go to a big city when I’m sick, I hate the noise.”
With lush tropical forests, ivory wings, boxes and pine trees with orchards, truffles, wild gourds and mushrooms with domestic goats, Nortosce’s scenic landscape is breathtaking.
But its climate is difficult, and its length can be difficult for residents.
The town has a number of rural homes set aside for sale. Instead, one was recently sold for € 20,000.
However, Nobili emphasizes that those wishing to relocate here should be prepared for a change in order.
“Their lives are exciting but they have to change,” he says. “No store, no pharmacy, no doctor.
“Every time you need to buy bread or take pills you have to go to the nearby town of Borgo Cerreto.”
The town also has an unpleasant experience, with wild boars and wolves roaming the area and sometimes killing the sheep.
Years ago, old people told stories of witches hiding in white granite caves that stole horses in the middle of the night to go to the woods – villagers could notice the animals sweating the next morning.
Although he admits that Nortosce is not for everyone, Carilli cannot sell his life for anything, and he prefers to live in a special place that allows him to be closer to nature.
Her small vineyard produces a few bottles of wine, which she enjoys with many axes and hand-made pasta made of strangozzi pasta and pork.
“In winter it is cold and very cold,” he adds. “But we got used to it and the day passed.
“In the morning, I stay with the animals. In the evening, I get up and light a very large fire, and I stay in the warm closet until the next day.”