Mary Ann Pinto

After spending five vacations as a guest at the Pensione Pitti Palace, Mary Ann Pinto moved to Florence in 1971 and married the manager. She helped him run the hotel until they retired in October 1991. Her recollections of those years is recorded in 'Diary of an Italian Innkeeper's Wife', which she is preparing for pubblication.

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