If you want to be mayor in small-town Tuscany, you better stick to the status quo and, more importantly, you better not have a foreign-born wife.
It may not have been as closely covered as the 2016 U.S. presidential race, but Manciano’s recent mayoral elections were passionately contested. In the weeks leading up to the vote, it was all anyone in this southern Tuscan town could talk about. If, by anyone, you mean anyone who has an active interest in politics (which, if the polling numbers are anything to go by, was only 69 percent of eligible voters).
As a matter of full disclosure, this writer’s husband was in the running, and he lost, spectacularly. It sounds cruel, but you can’t mollycoddle someone who lost by more than 900 votes in an election where only 4,000 people voted.