A lone shop open on the Ferragosto (August 15) national holiday in Pian di Scò received a visit from two English-speaking men who wanted to buy bread right before closure. The owner, Paolo Filippini, had put aside the last loaf for his family; after a moment of hesitation, he cut it in half and gave it, free of charge to the foreign visitors.
On August 19, a limousine-size car pulled up displaying the U.S. flag pulled up in front of the shop.
One of the men — who happened to be the American ambassador to the Vatican — had decided to return to buy bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine-style steak) and other items. Vacationing in the area (the Casentino mountains in the province of Arezzo), he was struck by Filippini’s generosity and decided to repay in kind.
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