Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 1: My Earliest Memories from 1953

As a young child of six, everything had an impression on me. San Romano, my small Tuscan village in the Appennines Mountains near Lucca, was the center of my entire world. Everything that I saw and experienced revolved around the village. During the time I lived in San Romano, the only way to get around … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 1: My Earliest Memories from 1953

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 2: The New School

I was one of the first students to use the new school actually built to be a school. Before this building was done, students met in some old house used as the school. My classmates consisted of 3 girls born the same years as me, Giuseppina, my first cousin, everyone called her Pina, Marilena, the … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 2: The New School

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 3: Snow in the Village

San Romano is approximately elevation of 500 meters above sea level, about 1,500 ft. At this level, we would usually get snow in the winter. As a young child, it was always a great occasion to see snow. Since most of all villagers worked the fields and the surroundings areas, when snow fell everything stopped. … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 3: Snow in the Village

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 4: Chickens, Rabbits, & Figs

In the village most families had chickens and rabbits. We lived at the end of the small piazza and our main living quarters were on the second floor. To get there, we used the outer stairs from the side garden. Under the stairs my father had built several large cages for housing rabbits. These rabbits … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 4: Chickens, Rabbits, & Figs

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 5: Clearing the Roads for a Solemn Procession

The Catholic tradition involves many feasts. In Italy, each day of the year has a designated saint. The name of our Tuscan village, “San Romano” was after that very saint and his specific calendar day was August 9th. This was designated as a high feast for our village. There was another saint that actually had … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 5: Clearing the Roads for a Solemn Procession

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 6: The People of the Village

The village of San Romano has roots to a Feudal castle named “Castello di Puliziano”. As I understand the story told to me by my father Arturo, during the medieval times of the plague, Castello di Puliziano was hit very hard and the Feudal lords and subjects were all dying. Many escaped to the lower … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 6: The People of the Village

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 7: The Village Band

No one would expect that in such a small village there would exist a renowned classical band. Above the main piazza, Il Crociale, lived a man name Romolo. Romolo was a man that had had a great misfortune as a young child. In playing around with his friends, Romolo came across some old ammunition. My father … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 7: The Village Band

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 8: Working in the Vineyards & Fields with my Father

In our village each family had some land to cultivate. My mother and father owned land passed down to them by the respective parents. Most of the land we owned was from my grandmother Carmela on my mother’s side. This included specific fields of chestnut trees in the upper hills of San Romano and cultivable … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 8: Working in the Vineyards & Fields with my Father

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 9: Chestnuts Everywhere

San Romano is a small village in Tuscany approximately 500 meters above sea level; basically it is a village in the Apennines. In this region of Italy, the hills and mountains are dotted with chestnut trees. Most of the people in the village owned plots of land filled with chestnut trees. Each year these patches … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 9: Chestnuts Everywhere

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 10: Picking Blueberries & Other Fruits

As a young boy in San Romano, I was always trying to come up with ways to earn extra money. Money was very scarce and working and actually getting paid was a great incentive. Working the fields with my father was always part of my responsibilities so money needed to be earned in other ways. … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 10: Picking Blueberries & Other Fruits