iL Mercato Centrale Firenze, Florence, Italy
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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 37 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.


Photo taken in Bari, Italy 2016

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. Read more about this trip at

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!  You can read more about this trip at

This blog is going to be our way of sharing our journey and hopefully in the process, help others with theirs. Please take a moment to subscribe to updates by entering your email address below. This way you won’t miss a post!

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  • Reply Lisa December 8, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Hi there I’m so thrilled to have stumbled across your blog. My husband and I will be travelling to Italy for the 8th time this summer…you may want to call us Italy junkies. I’m addicted to Italy and everything it offers. We too have the dream (yours now is a reality) to semi retire in Italy. Finding the right location will be the challenge. I look forward to reading up on your experiences and get some tips in our planning process. We’re a few years away before we spend several months in Italy but I know it will take considerable time to make those plans. Take care!

  • Reply imodica December 9, 2015 at 5:15 am

    We are so happy you found us! Wow… 8 visits to Italy? That is fantastic! We understand about your addiction to this culture, food, architecture, etc. and feel the same way. This upcoming year is going to be a true adventure. We plan to do lots of little excursions from our “home base” to explore all the non tourist parts of Italy and get to know Italy on our terms.

    Also this first year will determine whether we can live being separated from our 4 children and 7 (soon to be 8) grandchildren and; will Skype be enough contact to sustain us until we return to Phoenix, AZ for a yearly visit.

    Please keep us posted on your journey and any assistance or guidance we can provide would be our pleasure. That is another reason for our blog. Thank you Lisa!!

  • Reply Nick Ruggiero January 23, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    You have a wonderful story… I’m totally jealous, in a good way. My wife and I may follow in your footsteps one day.

    • Reply imodica January 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Nick, we have friends that think we are a bit off the wall for selling everything and traveling but we are enjoying every moment. Please stay in touch as I would love to hear your story one day! Thank you for your comment! Best to you both!!!

  • Reply Harmony, Momma To Go September 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I love Italy too! (In addition to living in NY). I went to Northern Italy this past spring to celebrate a big birthday. Milan, Verona, Lecco and parts of Switzerland. Hoping to finally bring my kids along next summer. I followed you on FB to keep up with your posts!

    Here are all my Italy posts:

    • Reply imodica September 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Harmony! LOVE your blog. Just subscribed and liked on FB. I can’t wait to take a closer look. Thanks for your great comment!!

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