If you love reading about Italy, you will love "Vanilla Beans and Brodo Real Life in the Hills of Tuscany" by Isabella Dusi. It is, in my opinion, a well crafted historical timeline which tells the story of the montalcinesi people and their struggle as working farmers up to present day Montalcino where the undertaking of the restoration of the San Pietro Church in Pianello is still underway. Click on the title bar to see the progress of the restoration.
A field of red poppies in the Spring, Montalcino is one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in Tuscany. After Vanilla Beans and Brodo, you cannot help but feel a much deeper sense of understanding and love for Montalcino and the people of Montalcino.
Ciao e a presto,