I know that this looks totally staged, but my daughters really did pull out two chairs to watch our neighbor use his rototiller on his garden. Perhaps the fact that we don’t own a television has something to do with their fascination in things like this. Let’s just say, though, that for 20 minutes they were still and silent and enthralled … and not fighting with each other either.
Rural life is much more fascinating than it is usually given credit for. And that’s a good thing, since there’s lots of it here in Levanto and we’re not buying a TV anytime soon. You can get a taste of this life on our day hike of the old trails in the hills above Levanto, through all of the hilltop hamlets, where life still flows like it did once upon a time.