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We are excited about this new journey of ours. Never in a million years did we think we would become authors. Telling a story about our most wonderful year spent in Italy. Of course, 2019 will always be special to us, but we know through our travels we will have more amazing stories to share on the blog.
Grazie mille – thank you!
Our Italian Journey is about having a dream and doing everything in your power to achieve it. Gary and Ilene took on the arduous task of acquiring Italian citizenship, applying for Italian passports, and leaving their family & friends for an entire year to live out their dream of residing in Italy. At any point, they could have given up on that dream, but instead persevered. Regardless of what your dream may be, this memoir truly inspires the reader to overcome all obstacles and have a lot of fun along the way!Gina Andracchio, Community Leader of mi.o; an online community for people passionate about Italy
I am always in search of books that lay out the good, the bad, and the ugly of real life in Italy. We have traveled to most of the major cities covered online in travel blogs extensively but are now interested in visiting smaller towns & villages and this book is exactly that. The Modicas were lucky enough to do what most of us only dream of. I so enjoyed adding to my list of places to explore in Italy as well as learning a few we can pass on. If you have dreams of visiting the gorgeous countryside of Italy for the first or twentieth time, read the insights Gary & Ilene share first. Cannot wait for international travel to open up once again so I can start checking off areas added to my wish list.Barbara Winshurst
A beautifully written, emotional read. Not only did I feel what Gary and Ilene felt, I believed there were times I was physically with them on their journey. I was immersed in some of the most amazingly beautiful settings, it was very difficult not to want to go immediately online and book my next flight to Italy. I have a new list of places to see, things to do, and ways to do them.Susan Kuehne
Experience the dream of a loving couple while they travel through Italy. You will share their encounters with old and new friends, learning a new language, experiencing traditional festivals and of course the fantastic food and wine of this beautiful country! Bravissimi!Pat D
One of my favorite ways to press pause on the stresses of life is to dive into a good book. With travel being on hold for the near future, I recently chose to drift away through the real-life tales of two travelers as they share their charming adventures and personal experiences in Italy. Gary and Ilene’s journey through this enchanting country is genuine, warm, and welcoming, creating an enticing atmosphere that reminds me of how I romantically envision the history and culture of the region. Their story brings to life the many towns and monuments they visited, the authentic cuisine, and the people and customs they encountered – some of the greatest gems to uncover during travel! Interestingly, their story also includes many helpful tidbits to those who want to visit The Boot in the future (the hotel in Matera that is literally built into the cave of a mountain is now resting high on my bucket list). Their travels were not without some trials, reminding the readers to be methodical when planning their own trips to a foreign nation. I also appreciated their honesty when describing the pitfalls and barriers that occasionally sprung up. In the end, I can easily see why they took the leap of faith; their stories are captivating and have influenced my life goals for the future. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to give in to my wanderlust to the extent the authors did, but Our Italian Journey has both piqued my interest in expanding my horizons while also satisfying my desire to (virtually) get out of town for the weekend.Christopher Fleegle
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