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Italian Cowboys See End of the Trail

Tuscan tradition is fading away after enduring centuries

Giovanni Travagliati, 102, can share a lifetime of stories and songs about being home on the range in Tuscany. He has passed some of those traditions on to younger men, like Piero Crociani. But there's not going to be another generation of cowboys like Travagliati and Crociani working seven days a week herding cattle and breaking horses on Italy's marshy west coast.

 

See also: Sharing the history of black cowboys.

 

In fact, lack of demand for super-lean Italian Maremmana beef, and the replacement of those cattle as draft animals, has marked the end of the trail for most Italian cowboys, or "butteri" as they're called back home.

 

Crociani, in fact, is already seeking new horizons. He now gives riding lessons and offers trips on horseback for tourists in this stunning part of the country, about halfway between Rome and Genoa near the top of the Italian "boot."

 

Jean Di Marino, who has covered the folkways of Italian life for AARP in the past, has an audio report on this fast-disappearing group of hardworking men.

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