Tag Archives: Grezzano

Pro Loco Grezzano: ‘In Favor of the Place’ I Call Home

If you follow this blog at all, you’ll have no doubt noticed that I’m rather fond of the sleepy Tuscan village I call home. Not unlike countless small towns throughout Italy, beneath Grezzano’s homespun appearance lies centuries of historical intrigue, legend … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Marco Buzzichelli

Today is a sad anniversary here in Grezzano. Two years ago, on May 17, 2012, Marco Buzzichelli was killed in our piazza while attempting to stop a runaway bus carrying 23 first- and second-grade children who had been attending a … Continue reading

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Remembering Grezzano, 1943-1944

Edoardo Braschi’s Lavoravo alla Todt: La Costruzione della Linea Gotica nel Mugello (‘I worked for Todt: The Construction of the Gothic Line in the Mugello’) outlines the history of the Todt organization, the German military engineering group sometimes referred to as the construction … Continue reading

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Old Country Idyll: A Day in Grezzano

Grezzano is an old place. Not as old as some Italian villages, those claiming Roman or Etruscan foundations for instance, but getting up there in centuries. Our parish church dates to 1086 (that’s not a typo), and the Guidi Counts … Continue reading

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Backyard Musings: The Church of Saint Stephen in Grezzano

Most days my observations of Grezzano are directed towards its residents. Our old timers who gather afternoons at the bus stop to goggle and gossip, and our farmers occupied with their age-old, seasonally-driven tasks: planting and harvesting, burning and clearing, … Continue reading

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A Partisan Among Us: Reflections on the Festa della Liberazione

A bus stop, a small park, and a restaurant that doubles as a meager general store. The civic space of Grezzano is made up of this, and not much else. We’re a small town, apparently with small-town needs: a place … Continue reading

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Pasqua, Pasquetta…

Happy Easter to loved ones near and far. Today is Easter Sunday, 2011, my tenth Easter holiday in Italy and the tenth to be celebrated in wonderfully down-home Italian style at my in-laws. I’m looking forward to a relaxed, chore-free, … Continue reading

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