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After-Christmas (Farm) Walk….. in Varase, Italy

It’s the time of the year when the house becomes a natural fridge and our heating expenses are madly going through the roof, hence, we decided that our “after-christmas-walks” should also be geared on saving on energy bills.  How?  By going out of the house and bask in warmer climes, where else but nearer the coast where “le soleil” (the sun) shines more!

So off we went driving towards the sea and the place we chose is Varase, a glasshouse-ridden  hamlet of Ventimiglia, five kilometers from the sea.

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The centro historico of Varase, at 40 meters in altitude, requires that you are reasonably fit to walk up the top.

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Only the one-passenger Piaggio is drivable on these narrow roads.

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It has a population of 160 inhabitants but the whole time we were there, we saw only four people, two of them are farmers tending their fields above.

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Located on the left side of the perched hamlet are glasshouses upon glasshouses, but looking closely, more than half of them seem to be abandoned….

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A modern church guards over the glasshouses

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The lovely succulents of Varase

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and more succulents

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We walked higher and higher until we reached the olive orchards. 

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This must be more than a hundred-year old olive tree.

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Walking though olive trees on a steep footpath, we were practically trudging on olives that fell on the road.  They lookk so healthy, it must be the all-year sunshine and the rich soil.

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We also passed by these grapevines that have already shed their leaves in the winter. 

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Huh! some mammal must have waded on the muddy soil to cool off..a wild boar perhaps?

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Wild marguerites growing in the winter! 

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Edward Scissorhand, made of machinery parts and tools….cool!

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Even the chickens are healthy! 

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A good part of Varase’s territory is occupied by this equestrian center

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So if you want to go horse riding or even do business with the hamlet’s farmers, there is a 1-star hotel ready to take you in.