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When war came to the villages and farms of the Val D'Orcia,
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This review is from: War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 (Paperback)
Most people would tend to think of Italian history as a turbulent period between the fall of Rome and the demise of the Great City States of Florence, Genoa etc; including the Renaissance and the growth of Christianity. This diary of the events during WWII is extremely explicit and you realise that this was another turning point in their great history. This book is written in such a manner that once picked up its readable through to the end without wanting to put down. For those that have visited (or about to) Italy on holiday or business that go any where near the Umbria area of the Val D'Orcia will know that the landscape here hasn't changed in nearly 400 years. The same roads and woods that the German Army searched for partisans and escaped POWs are still there. Its such a beautiful area to move around in and to see the farms and villages that are central to this diary is like re-living the experience. I suggest you drive over from Sarteano and take the valley road up to Montepulciano and you can imagine the route the allied liberators took. Take this book with you, read it and visit the area-the two go hand in hand.
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