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?) Our initial application at the Los Angelas Italian Consulate was in November 2015 and we provided 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.
On September 11, 2018, Gary was notified that he is an Italian citizen through JS. Finally, no more documents to provide or amend! I was able to get citizenship through Gary (JM) as we were married before 1983. We have received our passports and are off on November 27, 2018, to begin our 1-year journey!
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.
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 First 90-Day Trip
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 Second 90-Day Trip
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