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"LA CINTA SENESE"
This race of pigs, which has lived for centuries in the woods between Florence and Siena, was originally completely slate-grey . One day, during one of the many historical disputes between the two cities, two feudal lords of opposed factions ended up quarrelling over a pack of these pigs...
For centuries the highest point of the property of Massanera at Chiesanuova di San Casciano Val di Pesa was the location of an enormous cypress tree whose trunk was so large that it required three men to encircle it. The cypress had a round shape as it has been repeatedly "trimmed" over the centuries by bolts of lightening. All the boys of the village had attempted, at some time or other, to climb onto it with the aid of ropes or ladders, but nobody, including myself, had never managed to get to the top.People believed that anyone managing to do so would have profaned the tree and would have been violently punished ... Legends: the cypress ...