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The soldier who saved Hemingway is from Montalcino

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The soldier who saved Hemingway is from Montalcino

Who has not heard of Ernest Hemingway? The great American writer who has given the world masterpieces such as 'The old man and the sea', 'For whom the bell tolls' and 'A Farewell to arms'. Hemingway’s love for our country is well known, what perhaps few know, also because it was only recently established, is that it is due to a Tuscan man if Hemingway managed to give the world his unforgettable books.

That’s right! I am now going to tell you the whole story. In 1917 a young Hemingway, who was just 18 years old, arrived in Italy as a Red Cross volunteer. As told by his biographer James McGrath Morris, he had arrived by motorbike to hand out cigarettes and chocolate to soldiers fighting along the River Piave line in the First World War. The night between 8 and 9 July 1918 many soldiers died under mortar fire. One of these shielded Hemingway with his body and unknowingly saved the life of one of the most important writers of our time. While the young soldier lost his life, young Ernest suffered a serious leg injury for which he was hospitalized for many months in Milan.

So, what does Tuscany have to do with this? The soldier who saved his life was a certain Fedele Temperini from Montalcino, in July 1918 when he lost his life, he was 26 years old. Thanks to the help given to McGrath by Marino Perissinotto, an amateur historian, it has been possible to identity the soldier. Now the next step is to find out if in Montalcino there is some descendant of Fedele Temperini, a difficult task, given that the soldier’s surname seems to be quite common in the area. Who knows, maybe they will succeed and the heir of the soldier who saved Hemingway will be celebrated with a nice toast! No champagne anyway... in Montalcino you cannot but toast with a nice glass of red wine! We are sure that Hemingway would have enjoyed it too. And you? Are you a fan of Tuscan wine? That’s perfect, just book one of our food and wine tours and you will enjoy Chianti, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Nobile di Montepulciano.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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