AT Europe: Tuscany, Italy - Curtain Doors

AT Europe: Tuscany, Italy - Curtain Doors

Kristin Hohenadel
Aug 22, 2007

Italians keep cool in the hot summer months by closing the famous wooden shutters on their windows, often giving the impression that nobody is home. But they also drape their open doors with exterior curtains, to keep out the afternoon sun and heat and let in the breeze...

This age-old, green remedy helps combat high electricity rates and a general lack of air conditioning. In the Tuscan countryside, you don't see air conditioning units hanging out of windows, but door curtains flapping in the afternoon breeze. With a few exceptions, wide stripes seem to be the norm, sometimes color coordinated to match red or green shutters.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com

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