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Books of special local interest


One of the great attractions of Tuscany is that its traditional rural life continues relatively unchanged in many respects, and white oxen pulling ploughs are still a vivid memory for local pensioners. Anyone interested in this fascinating aspect of Tuscan culture should try to consult the huge two volume "Cultura Contadina in Toscana" ed. G.Magi (Bonechi, 1989). These volumes contain hundreds of photos and drawings covering every aspect of rural activity in Tuscany. They are currently out of print but copies to buy can be found relatively easily in Florence.


Carlo Baldini is the most prominent local historian of Greve and has published a long series of monographs on everything ranging from the family of the navigator Verrazzano to the the work of the women of Greve. rare and interesting photos and reproductions of documents and maps supplement the Italian text of these volumes. Recent issues are available in local bookshops and the Coop supermarket.

The Centro di Studi Chiantigiani "Clante" publishes an on-going series of books in Italian on the details of the traditional and historical architecture of the Chianti area. These excellent books are packed with photographs, plans, elevations etc. The volume illustrated here covers Montefioralle and Volpaia. You have to scour local bookshops to obtain copies. I've never been able to elicit a response from the publishers.

 

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