This blog is our way of sharing our journey and hopefully, in the process, help others with theirs. Here you will find information about places to visit along with tips for traveling. We have also included our favorite restaurants in many of the cities we have visited, just in case you happen to be in the area. Gary and I love to cook so from time to time we will share a recipe we think you would enjoy. Lastly, included is information about our obtaining dual citizenship with Italy. This is not an easy process and if you are interested in obtaining yours; perhaps we can help guide you.
Gary and I met in New York while we worked for the same company. Gary has two amazing children and we have two daughters together. We have been married 37 years and have remained best friends. We also have a total of 8 beautiful grandchildren (soon to be 9 in 2018!)
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, possessions and just waiting for the email from the Consulate that the passports are ready for us to pick up. Everything we own fits into four large green Rubbermaid tubs!
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 http://ouritalianjourney.com/90-day-adventure-italy-amazing-memorable/
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 http://ouritalianjourney.com/another-90-day-adventure-italy/
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