A Day in Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide

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A Day in Tuscany picks up where Dario Castagno’s much-loved, best-selling memoir Too Much Tuscan Sun leaves off—quite literally as the amiable tour-guide-turned-author returns from his first-ever American book tour. As Dario wakes up back in his beloved village after three hectic months in the United States, he sees his surroundings with fresh eyes and reacquaints himself with the rhythms of home: “The day after I returned . . . something magical occurred,” he writes. "As I wandered my home territory, ...

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Overview

A Day in Tuscany picks up where Dario Castagno’s much-loved, best-selling memoir Too Much Tuscan Sun leaves off—quite literally as the amiable tour-guide-turned-author returns from his first-ever American book tour. As Dario wakes up back in his beloved village after three hectic months in the United States, he sees his surroundings with fresh eyes and reacquaints himself with the rhythms of home: “The day after I returned . . . something magical occurred,” he writes. "As I wandered my home territory, reconnecting with familiar sights, sounds, aromas, and (especially) friends and neighbors, I began to realize just how rich my life here is."
 
And so begins his day in Tuscany. Past and present mingle as Dario takes a leisurely stroll around his village, visiting with friends and neighbors, always ready to accept a glass of wine and share stories—of his growing up in Tuscany in the 1970s and his adventures as a tour guide. We meet some of the more remarkable people he has known, including the many locals he gently prods into telling tales of their lives and times. Funny, poignant, intimate, and authentic, and peopled with a rich cast of unforgettable characters, A Day in Tuscany is an enchanting mix of memories from life in Tuscany’s legendary Chianti region—a place where the everyday is still infused with magic.

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Praise for Dario Castagno's first book, Too Much Tuscan Sun:

 

“Castagno politely laughs as much with his American customers as he does at them, and does not begrudge their presence in any way…Too Much Tuscan Sun gives readers an untinted version of this now legendary land.” --Boston Globe

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762744565
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 999,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author


Dario Castagno is the owner/operator of Chianti Rooster Tours. He lives in Siena, Italy. Robert Rodi is the author of six novels. He lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
4:08 A.M.     1
The Chianti Balloon Club     2
7:14 A.M.     13
Ciao, Inglese     15
8:03 A.M.     27
La Ragazza del Palio     28
9:49 A.M.     39
Why the Caterpillar?     40
10:08 A.M.     49
Piera     50
11:13 A.M.     63
A Van for All Seasons     64
11:47 A.M.     71
Remembering Monteaperti     72
12:34 P.M.     79
Full-Moon Stories     79
1:41 P.M.     85
A Few Days Off     86
2:06 P.M.     97
Dario the Fireman     98
2:31 P.M.     107
Meeting Andrea     108
2:50 P.M.     117
Bruno Bonci, aka Caravaggio     119
3:11 P.M.     129
Oh Lordy     130
3:58 P.M.     145
Tonio's Last Story     146
4:47 P.M.     153
San Leonino Days     154
5:12 P.M.     169
The Maestro     171
5:48 P.M.     179
Gina and Clara     180
6:27 P.M.     187
The Soccer Tournament     187
7:37 P.M.     201
Matteo     203
Midnight     225
Ringraziamenti     227
About the Author     229
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