And the award of July's owner's photo competition goes to Carolyn Higgins from Carlisle, Massachusetts USA
Carolyn's shot not only captures the architecture of the stone roofs of the four residences in her picture, but her location choice is one that also represent one of the most architecturally complex area of the hamlet. Perhaps she knew that when architectural experts speak about the apparently random rural architecture in Tuscany, they might very well picture this view in their mind...
Fulvio often explained to us, this random effect is only apparent: there is a lot of unwritten "rules" that the stonemasons/peasants of that time followed.
First of all is the orientation, that was based on the Roman cardo and decumano (our current North-South and East-West lines); this guaranteed always the best position of the buildings in respect of the position to the sun.
Second, the respect for the topography of the place: they would have never "forced" a steep gradient, but always taken advantage of the existing flat areas.
Third, the use of the material, that was always, as we would say today... "Km.Zero" and consequently the most homogeneous.
Forth, the constant use of the same method of construction and features...; look out at the roofs, walls, doors and windows, stone walls of the paths... as Frances Mayes often says: The beauty of simplicity.