Campanile (church belltower) in a small village near Villa Massei in Tuscany, Italy (2000)
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I just finished reading Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins about a Tuscan noble family who becomes entangled with the conflict between the Germans and the Italian partisans in 1943 WW II that continued for ten years after with devastating results. In 2000, I went on a garden tour of Tuscany and was able to stay in or visit many of the places in this novel--Florence, Pienza, several hilltowns, villas and farms. One villa in particular--La Foce--served as the inspiration for Bohjalian's book. La Foce was bought by Irish-American writer Iris Origo and her husband Marchese Antonio in 1924. They farmed with help from the villagers and then during the German occupation La Foce was turned into a children's hospital and orphanage. Origo's diary, War in Val D'Orcia, where she chronicles the war years and their efforts to help their village, provided the inspiration for the fictional The Light in the Ruins.
Come back tomorrow for Mosaic Monday where I'll be sharing photos of La Foce and the Tuscan countryside--if this brief tale has piqued your interest!
Linking to InSPIREd Sunday .