Salve means “hello” in Italian. Gary and I met in New York while we worked for the same company. I have two wonderful stepchildren and we have two daughters together. We have been married 35 years and have remained best friends. We have a total of 8 beautiful grandchildren!
After our first trip to Italy in 2010, we decided right there and then we would do everything we could to move and retire there. It has been a true journey through mounds of paperwork and a great deal of time (did I mention money too?) but we have been approved for dual citizenship with Italy. This happened in November 2015. We are waiting for our Italian passports and then we are off to begin our adventure. We have sold our home and just waiting for the email from the Consulate that the passports are ready for us to pick up.
Our First 90-Day Trip
We were in Parma, Italy spending 90-days on our US passports waiting for that email. That was August-October 2016. We traveled northern Italy by train discovering small towns we had not visited before. We enjoyed the sights of: Verona, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Rimini, San Marino and Venice.
Our Second 90-Day Trip
We returned from this trip and went back to Italy February-April 2017, again for 90-days. We started out in Bari (for one day) and wound up in Florence for the entire trip. This was such an amazing adventure as we were in the center of everything. A 2-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and down the block from Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio. Please check out all the posts on the towns and events we got to experience this trip such as Montalcino, Lucca, Siena, and the wine region of Chianti!
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