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The freeze of the spring passed over a land that was already completely dried out, as from December through today, it has not rained. It’s 45 degrees Celsius, and there’s a copper light dancing in the distance above the clay earth. For the drought as for the freeze, the remedy comes at night. The leaves open their pores in the darkness, so for sixty days, we sprayed a mist of water over the fields; the machines worked until we woke at dawn. The drought has left the lakes at Trinoro, from which our water comes, low, and these are our last drops. Could we please, this August, have a little rain?

After this work, the entire estate shows its green vines against the stunning skies, fields encircled by dark trees and sparkling, golden light. I walk above it, thinking it looks like a little opera, something precarious, its setting about to collapse, the stage about to crumble into dust.

– Andrea Franchetti

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3Andrea Franchetti speaks with RAI Italia about the drought in Tuscany. Watch >

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