Picture Tour – The Italian Sister

Picture Tour of The Italian Sister

Pictures which served as inspiration to the novel.

Sofia's house in S.M. 2

Sofia’s and Henry’s house in Santa Monica – Sofia inherited it after Henry’s death.

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Restaurant at the Beach where the Farewell Luncheon for Henry took palce

Restaurant at the beach in Santa Monica where Henry’s farewell luncheon after the funeral took place.

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 Sofia stays in Florence for a day and goes sightseeing.

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Ristorante Paoli Florence

Ristorante Paoli, Firenze, Italy, where Adriano Gori takes Sofia for dinner.

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 Tuscany in Spring 2

Tuscan Landscape.

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Entrance to Volterra or Vignaverde

The entrance gate to the hill town of Volterra, which became Vignaverde in the novel.

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View from Volterra

The fictional town of Vignaverde.

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Skull with Wings in Volterra

Vignaverde/Volterra. The sculpture above the window is a Christian symbol: the bones represent that part of us that dies and the wings symbolize the soul, that which survives.

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Volterra

Volterra alias Vignaverde.

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Luisa's house

Part of Podere Francesco Ginori, the estate near Vignaverde where Julietta, Sofia’s sister, and her family live. Sofia inherited a house and two vineyards on the estate.

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Patio and Garden at Sofia's house

Could be the patio of Sofia’s house in Vignaverde.

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Trattoria in Vignaverde

A trattoria in Vignaverde where Nicholas, the vintner from California, invites Sofia for dinner.

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wine cellar

Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, California, which became the wine cellar on the estate of Podere Francesco Ginori in Vignaverde in The Italian Sister. In the novel Sofia almost gets crushed by a falling wine barrel in the cellar.

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The fermentation tanks, a modern version of witches cauldrons

The fermentation tanks in the winery. Here the grape juice bubbles and sizzles and is turned into wine. These huge shining vats remind Sofia of modern witches’ cauldrons.

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Picked grapes ready to be crushed

Picked grapes ready to be crushed.

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Making wine is heavy-duty work

Making wine is heavy-duty work.

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Market in Cecina

The outdoor market in Cecina at the Tuscan Mediterranean coast where Sofia and Julietta go shopping.

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Prosciutto in Cecina

 Famous Prosciutto di Parma sold at the market in Cecina.

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A typical hill town in Tuscany

A Tuscan hill town. This one is called Casale Marittimo and it’s near Cecina.

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Villa in Tuscany

A Tuscan villa, could be the home of Marco, the boy Julietta (Sofia’s sister) falls in love with.

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Sunset in Tuscany

One of the many marvelous sunsets in Tuscany.