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Someone still uses this hillside to raise hens, vegetables, sheep and pigs, like these fellows in a pen behind the old Napoli house. It goes without saying that my ancestors were folks with not a lot of money. They did not own the land and likely had a similar arrrangement with a landlord that Roberto's family had, after his family moved into the house in about 1958.

Roberto says they paid for the right to live on the hill with annual fruits of the land: 150 to 200 pounds of potatoes, jugs of wine, 100 litres of olive oil, pigs, wheat, eggs, figs delivered in September and other fruits when in season. In "modern times," Roberto reports, the landlord wanted money, about $600 to $700 a year, he says. "We don't give him a pig anymore because he doesn't want a pig anymore."

 

 

 

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