Chapter #1

The legend of the nymph in the Kingdom of the Dead: Sillene

Strange things happen on the night of the Supermoon and legend has it that Sillene, the Nymph of the Kingdom of the Dead, came across a trail in the darkness of the world, a way into this world, overlooking the greenest of meadows, thanks to the light of the moon. He saw a shepherd sleeping next to his flock and fell in love. By night he left the kingdom of the dead and came to the earth to watch his sleeping shepherd. Diana figured out the situation and punished the nymph, turning her into a spring that still spurts out healing waters in  Chianciano Terme.

Chapter #2

Tin and Thalna, two Etruscan canopic jars

Tin came out of the ground where he had rested for approximately 3,000 years and looked around for Thalna. He took her hand and said, “Don’t worry. We will face this adventure together too!” They began to walk the green hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, guided by the stars above. They heard a bell close by. Upon reaching the top of the hill, they saw the village and were drawn to the Madonna della Rosa church. Upon entering they admired a painting of a Madonna holding out a rose to the Baby Jesus. In church an elderly lady mistook the two canopic jars for kids: Oh children, where have you been, all dirty like that? Then they walked through the Porta del Sole.

Chapter #3

Are we going then?

“My name’s Clarì and I live in the village. If you want something to eat I’ve made pici.” Not receiving an answer, she carried on. “What shall we do? Are we going then?” They followed her to Borgo di Mezzo. “What a struggle that hill is! Where have you been? Go and wash at the Prato washroom! After you’ve had something to eat, I’ll take you to the bucatoio, the Butiloneand so on!” On their way back, they stopped in a little garden to admire the views over the Valdichiana.

Chapter #4

The start of Tin and Thalna's journey after 3,000 years

Clarì, on her way back from the washroom, took Tin and Thalna on a tour of the village, paying a visit to the Collegiata di San Giovanni Battista and showing them a painting by a popular artist, almost certainly local, in the 16th century, showing the patron saint, holding the village in one hand, celebrated on June 24. Then she told them about the mother of Egisto Giubilei, now the town hall, who came from Marche, was devouted to the Madonna (black) of Loreto and had it reproduced in the family chapel, as too did the Simoneschi family, which came from Pisa, in the farmer’s room, the ceiling of the room of the Badesse of Parma.

Chapter #5

On the night of the Supermoon

In the church Clarì asked Tin and Thalna to sit down on a pew and continued to tell them about underground tunnels, nuns, counts and saints. They started walking again, as far as the fountain in Piazza Matteotti. The views over Monte Cetona and Amiata were stunning. Clarì told them that the last Supermoon was in 1948, 68 years ago, and that the next one would be in 2034. Tin and Thalna looked up at the sky, their eyes full of wonder thinking about the moon’s magic above the Earth.

Photo by: Joel Tonyan