From My Tuscan Window

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Chapter 1 Reminiscing
Chapter 2 When Opportunity Knocks
Chapter 3 The Quest
Chapter 4 Criteria
Chapter 5 La Lucchesia
Chapter 6 Gioviano
Chapter 7 Ruin with a View
Chapter 8 The Opportunity that Knocked
Chapter 9 You’re Crazy!
Chapter 10 The Challenge
Chapter 11 Arrivederci: Ci Vediamo
Chapter 12 Images from the Past
Chapter 13 Four Long Years
Chapter 14 Casa Giorgio
Chapter 15 In the Beginning
Chapter 16 History of Gioviano
Chapter 17 Sacred Caves & Mysterious Tombs
Chapter 18 The Etruscans (7th Century B.C.)
Chapter 19 Hannibal’s Elephants (217 B.C.)
Chapter 20 Roman Gioviano (2nd Century B.C.)
Chapter 21 The Dark Ages (6-9th Centuries A.D.)
Chapter 22 You Gotta Be Kidding! (8-9th Centuries A.D.)
Chapter 23 The Countess Matilda (11th Century A.D.)
Chapter 24 Why Bother with Castruccio? (14th Century A.D.)
Chapter 25 The Black Death (14th Century A.D.)
Chapter 26 World War II
Chapter 27 Forestieri in Giov. (14-19th Centuries A.D.)
Chapter 28 Evolution of a Palazzo
Chapter 29 Giorgio da Gioviano
Chapter 30 People of Gioviano-MHR
Chapter 31 Il Professore
Chapter 32 The Emigrants
Chapter 33 The Five Senses
Chapter 34 Animals and Birds
Chapter 35 Si, Si, Si! (Yes, Yes, Yes!)
Chapter 36 Casa Giorgio-20th Century
Chapter 37 Brutto Tempo
Chapter 38 Ice-Water Sponge Baths
Chapter 39 Sour Grapes
Chapter 40 Il Pozzo Nero
Chapter 41 Water, Water Everywhere
Chapter 42 Summer Snowstorm
Chapter 43 Playing in the Pigpen
Chapter 44 Italian Puppy Love via Vespa
Chapter 45 La Carrozzina
Chapter 46 The Stretcher in the Attic
Chapter 47 Fun at the Fair-Antique Fair
Chapter 48 Mary Magdalene
Chapter 49 Séance with Mary Magdalene’s Skull
Chapter 50 39th Wedding Anniversary
Chapter 51 In or Out? I’ve Got the Gout
Chapter 52 Dad’s Being Kissed by a Man!
Chapter 53 Keep Both Hands on the Table
Chapter 54 La Città de Morte
Chapter 55 Strange Convergences
Chapter 56 School’s Out
Chapter 57 Chiacchiera-Gossip
Chapter 58 La Mia Fidanzata
Chapter 59 Daria’s Rooster
Chapter 60 Corpus Domini 2006
Chapter 61 Mysteries of Gioviano
Chapter 62 Extra Vergine O No?
Chapter 63 I Wanna Go Home
Chapter 64 Terremoto (Earthquake)
Chapter 65 Contemplating Patricide or Saved by Tourette’s
Chapter 66 Bury My Heart
Chapter 67 Tragedy Hidden by Green Velvet
Chapter 68 Dante’s Staring at Me
Chapter 69 Maria’s Joke
Chapter 70 Too Much Tuscan Sun
Chapter 71 Festival Time in Borgo
Chapter 72 Christmas in Gioviano
Chapter 73 I Doe (Don’t) Wanna Go Home
Chapter 74 Return to Gioviano, 2009
Visiting Gioviano
Places to Stay When Visiting
Where to Eat-Gioviano
Where to Get “Sticky Buns”
Travel Tricks
So You Want to Buy a House?
Required Reading
Updated October 15, 2009
Copyright 2005-2009 George H. Russell