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This video is the first in a series called “Italian Moments,” which follow Cheryl and Emerson  in everyday experiences as they write their book, “Under the Tuscan Thumb: trying to live in Italy as true Italians.” Note: You might also be interested in the story that goes with this video called “Lunch at Vinandro.” There […]

Something happened as we drove  home the other day. Returning from a routine visit into Fiesole to buy a few groceries and for Em to get a haircut, we rounded the curve just beyond the small town of Borgunto, home to the “bottle-neck capital” of Italy. To our surprise, an oncoming car flashed its headlights. […]

We awakened to a gray morning in the valley with fog just outside the window so thick you could see it hanging in clumps. Cheryl turned to me and said “Come stai oggi, how are you today?” “Sto male, I’m not well,” I said with a coarseness in my voice. It seemed that my sinus condition […]

June 24, 2004 Ah, to be property owners in Italy! The day finally arrived, after four unbelievably frustrating years of waiting. All that remained was the simple exchange of signatures for a key—or so we thought! 7:00 am We awakened fresh and excited for the special day to unfold. It was the long-awaited meeting with […]

The farmers of Tuscany have faithfully tended this rocky Italian soil for many hundreds of years—even millennia. Perhaps that seems like an over-statement, but it’s true. The name Tuscany actually derives from the earliest settlers of the region in pre-Roman times, namely the Etruscans. They developed an advanced culture and were known for their peaceful […]

This video is the first in a series called “Thumbnail Sketches,” which follow Cheryl and Emerson  in the process of writing their book, “Under the Tuscan Thumb: 16 years of trying to live in Italy as true Italians.” Note: You might also be interested in some other stories/videos about the writing, and the digital book […]

At Riccardo’s coffee bar in Fiesole one morning, two women sat down at the table next to ours. We paid little attention at first, but as they were about to leave, we began a conversation. Of Swedish descent, they were on holiday from the US. Something clicked between us, and as we drove away, we […]

This story began with conversations with our friends about what they felt a “legacy” really was. It was all very interesting to us as we felt strongly that our greatest legacy was not in material or positional power, but rather in the memories created throughout a lifetime of caring and loving. We were thinking about […]

Em’s father’s health had been failing for some time, but by the fall of 2001 he seemed more stable. In light of his improvements, we prepared for our routine trip back to Italy. When we left the US, Harry was out of the hospital. He had been given an oxygen tank, but was mobile and […]

Paola’s father, Gofredo Martini, lived with her, Pietro and their son, Matteo. In Italy, it’s common for multi-generations to share a home. Through the years, we came to know him quite well. At 94, he was always dapper and still wore his sport coat and tie daily. But following Paola’s death, he longed to die. […]