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Ciao!

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 almost 38 years and have remained best friends. We also have a total of 9 beautiful grandchildren who all live here in Arizona!

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?) We applied at the Los Angelas Italian Consulate in November 2015 and have had to provide many documents with translations, etc. We have also had during this time to amend birth certificates as the consulate required names to be exact all across all our documents.

We have already sold our home back in January 2016, along with most of our possessions. We downsized so much that everything we own fits into four large green Rubbermaid tubs! It’s funny how much stuff you accumulate and how much you don’t need.

UPDATE:  On September 11, 2018, Gary was notified that he is an Italian citizen. Finally, no more documents to provide or amend! We are waiting for him to be recognized in Italy and then it is on to obtaining our Italian passports.

 

 

We’d love it if you would share our blog with a friend or family member that loves Italy or will be traveling there soon.

Ciao, meet us and our journey through Italy. ouritalianjourney.com

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 in 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 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 at 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 http://ouritalianjourney.com/another-90-day-adventure-italy/

 

 

Hope you share your stories with us and keep up with ours!

 Ilene-and-Gary

 

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6 Comments

  • 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: http://www.mommatogo.com/tag/italy/

    • 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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