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December 18, 2014

The Ghost of Michelangelo


     "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."    
                                                                                                     ~ Michelangelo


Michelangelo's best-known works of sculpture include the Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the David at the The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, or "Gallery of the Academy of Florence". Although he did not have a high opinion of painting as an art form, he nevertheless painted two of the most beloved works in fresco in the history of Western art. The ceiling and on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are known to millions. However, a lesser known story of Michelangelo is worth repeating.

Lovers beware of outdoor trysts in Tuscany after dark! A common Tuscan legend says that the spirit of Michelangelo comes out at night in the woods and olive groves. He appears without warning, walking among the trees singing love songs. When he finds a couple hidden among the trees he waits until they begin making love and then begins to sing. The couple will fall under his spell when they hear his voice and will not be able to move. After the spell is cast, Michelangelo bursts into laughter, the spell is broken and the couple runs away in fear. 

The olive groves surrounding Le Casacce are the perfect place for an appearance by Michelangelo. If the ghost of Michelangelo appeared, we think that it would be great to have a chat with him.  We would be particularly interested in having a discussion with him about Muses and to learn all about what he thought of the concept. Wouldn't a chat with the ghost of Michelangelo be a fantastic travel story to take home with you after you have completed one of our workshops in Tuscany or tours of Tuscany?

  • Our stay at Le Casacce will always be a glorious memory. By the time the trip was over, we already missed our new friend, Linda. We came home filled with tales of the sights we had seen, the excellent food we had eaten and the good times made possible by Tuscan Muse
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