The old bucolic Transylvanian Saxon houses and fortified churches, as well as rural gastronomy are luring more and more foreign tourists and for this reason Financial Times has compared the Romanian historical region with Tuscany, one of Italy’s most beautiful areas.
The author of the article, journalist Andrew Eames, says the idea of a parallel drawn between Transylvania and Tuscany has been aired by the son of an Italian count, Giulio da Sacco, married to a Romanian woman and settled down in a Saxon village in Transylvania.
“The moment he mentioned Tuscany, I looked again at our immediate surroundings. The long, linen-covered table under shady oaks in a valley of wildflower meadows, above an Italian-sounding village — Floresti — of elderly ochre-tiled houses dominated by an ancient, fortified church, shimmering in the summer sun. Yes, this could be Tuscany, by another name,” says the author.
The article also mentions the original rustic cuisine, “freshly made cheese — goat’s, sheep’s and cow’s”, the bread made with potato flour, grilled goat on the fire, and of course, the already famous “mamaliga”, meaning polenta.
The idyllic Transylvanian villages were also on the bucket list, Floresti, aka Felsendorf, Mesendorf, Saschiz, Malancrav or Crit, as well as those 150-old fortified churches listed by as UNESCO sights.
“The territory has the handsome old towns of Sighisoara and Sibiu, the former a walled hilltop citadel surrounded by towers where Vlad Dracula was born, which makes it very popular with tourists. But the main prize is surely just being here: roaming up into the forest on wildflower-lined footpaths, renting a bicycle to bump along back lanes in an odyssey of villages, or hiring a horse-cart to take you out into the hills for a picnic. The simple things,” the article also reports.
Transylvania has been mentioned more and more as a tourist destination for foreign visitors lately.