Retirement: Montisi, Italy: Buon Giorno, Tuscany

Buon Giorno, Tuscany

When Ruth McVey first traveled to Montisi in 1975 while on a break from teaching at the University of London, she never expected she would end up farming there. She was so delighted by the tiny Tuscan town that she just hoped "to have a nice house and a little garden" once she retired. But the two-story farmhouse she bought came with quite a bit of land. So now, at 70, she produces olive oil, tends a tiny orchard and keeps some sheep and goats.

People are drawn to Tuscany for its gentle pace, rolling hills and ancient vineyards. They come...

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