Monday, January 25, 2010


This is Daniele Monacchini. He is the geometra, the surveyor in the village of Montisi. He was charged with selling the property by the extended family who owned it. With Momo as interpreter, we learned that the property was 2 hectares (about 5 acres), that it came with precious vine and olive rights, that it was for sale for 100,000 Euro flat (plus 20% tax), and that it was owned in various fractions of one-twenty-sixths by ten different members of a two-family clan spread all over Italy.

There were only two catches. We had to get all ten to meet at a notary's office in Sienna, and one of them, a 93-year-old woman in Florence, didn't want to sell.

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