A story, a fish tale, a love affair,
True or false, real or imaginary,
It doesn't matter.
The history of the Gallic wars as told by General Julius Caesar
Or the hundred merry tales devised by Florentine scribbler Giovanni Boccaccio
Or the breve storia of the lovers Paolo and Francesca who traded heaven for a kiss.
In Italy, every vintage is the stuff of legends.
Even the coffee at the rest stop on the autostrada has a story.
Se non è vero è ben trovato.
If it isn't true, it's still a story beautifully crafted.
March 8, 2016