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Fireflies in Tuscany?

by Callavetta Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Several years ago we saw fireflies in Sorrento (in June). Does anyone know if there are fireflies in Tuscany in May? We don't have them in California and they are so magical.

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by craic Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    i saw a firefly, a lucciola, just one, in Genoa (which is Liguria of course) in June.

    It was my first, and only, so it was magic.

    This is in the nature of a bookmark. I can't help you I am afraid, but I hope someone will come up with sopme info.

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by Noel_Leon Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    I'm quite positive there are fireflies in Toscana as I saw plenty of them in the neighbouring Umbria. But I don't think you you will have a chance to see them in May. The right period is a bit later, mid June and July.
    May be after a good bottle of Brunello...! :-)

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by Callavetta Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Hmm, Well maybe I'll have to drink enough Brunello to create my own. :-)

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by craic Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    lucciola is also a slang term for a street walker -

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by EllenH Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Katherine, I miss fireflies as we had them on the east coast growing up but I have heard they do not live west of the Mississippi river.
    Craic actually wrote a poem about that firefly in Italy that she shared with us many years ago, perhaps you can convince her to so again.

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    Re: Fireflies in Tuscany?

    by craic Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Past Midnight in Another Country

    She stumbled, and reached out for the rough wall.
    It may have been the tepid Ligurian wine
    that tasted of last season's apples, and olive oil.
    It had stunned her, as if it was not wine at all
    but a numbing agent, at blood temperature.

    The steps were made for the feet of ancestors.
    Maybe she is deceived by tricky, disassociated
    angles. And the weeds grew where they pleased.
    It may have been because her chin was elevated
    like a child who will not cry, no matter what.

    She searches for her way down the alley, under a dull moon.
    A sudden, crazy spot of fluorescent green swims through the air.
    It flits, and pauses, hovers, like an intimation of retinal damage.
    With a slow finger of apprehension she finds the word. "Firefly!"
    The lucciola – firefly! – quivers and flings itself over the high wall.

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