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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!20160927_110429

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.

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.

We returned from this trip and went back to Italy February-April 2017, again for 90-days. We started out in Bari and wound up in Florence for the entire trip. Please check out all the posts on the towns and events we got to experience this trip!

This blog is going to be our way of sharing our journey and hopefully in the process, help others with theirs. Hope you share your stories and keep up with ours!



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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!!!

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