Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 11: Harvesting of the Grapes & Making Wine

One of the most fun time for me as a young boy and later a teen, was the harvest of the grapes and making wine. Harvest was a busy time of the year in San Romano because we did multiple harvesting. Chestnut, Olives, Grapes, Grain, and other items. The harvesting of the grapes was the … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 11: Harvesting of the Grapes & Making Wine

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 12: The Mushroom Adventure

The idea of making extra money by picking blueberries was something I did with my brother and friends, but it was not something others in the village contemplated or actually went out to pick blueberries because the task was very time consuming and the monetary rewards were basically non-existent. Mushroom picking was absolutely another story. … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 12: The Mushroom Adventure

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 13: Food of the Village

In San Romano most of all food dishes were prepared by each family using their gardens as raw supply and ingredients that were mostly produced from hard work in the fields. Flour used to make bread and cakes came from the harvest of grain which would then be taken to the local crush/grinder to produce … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 13: Food of the Village

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 14: My Father’s War Stories

During the many times my father and I worked the fields, he sometimes would tell me his war stories. To me the stories seemed not real and far away, but to him they were hatched in his memory re-living the terrible days that pained him forever during those times that changed the world. At age … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 14: My Father’s War Stories

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 15: Working at the Church as an Altar Boy

In our village, there were two churches managed by one priest. His name was Carlo Santini. Carlo Santini was a very nice priest and managed all of the Catholic Church affairs for the village. One of his jobs was to train boys to work in the church and understand all of the functions of an … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 15: Working at the Church as an Altar Boy

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 16: Working at the Furnicular

San Romano is located in the Apennine region of Tuscany a very hilly area with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.   This region was heavily populated with chestnut trees which provided our village with plentiful chestnuts each season.  Chestnuts were a main food staple for the village and not only provided food and flour, the lumber … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 16: Working at the Furnicular

Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 17: Going to School in Lucca & Immigrating to the USA

In San Romano there was only the small elementary school that served the very tiny school population. The school age children only amounted to less than a dozen, grades first to fifth. I wanted to become an engineer or architect and there existed no opportunity for me in San Romano. After I  finished fifth grade, very successfully, … More Life In My Tuscan Village – Chapter 17: Going to School in Lucca & Immigrating to the USA