Near the end of 2013 the journalist Giovanni Tomasin and I decided to embark on a series of journeys to explore the rural German districts through the seasons. The intent was to do a backwards "Grand Tour", from Italy to Germany, to find the landscapes, the atmospheres that inspired poets, painters and musicians for centuries. Places that were the cradle of the great culture that flourished in the country between the 18th and 19th century. Landscapes that unlike the big cities, were not swept away by the destructions of World War II. But as we proceeded with the journey, I realized that I was unconsciously looking for more intimate suggestions, a more personal approach. Now I realize that this is becoming the most autobiographical work I've ever done.