Mom’s Italian Adventure

My 79 year old mother loves to travel, preferably by cruise ship. You can imagine her shock when we surprised her with a round trip ticket to Italy for Christmas and New Year’s.  Mom’s longest flight before this trip only lasted a few hours.  I could sense her anxiety when I mentioned the three flights read more…


Back Home Again in Italy

Traveling to Italy from the United States takes patience and caffeine.  Spencer, my Mother and I finally touched down in Florence after an Uber ride and three flights.  My Mom has never set foot in Europe, let alone jumped six hours ahead in time.  Fortunately we made all of our connecting flights and found my read more…


Italian Festivals: Festa delle Briciole

With Christmas only days away festivals are in full swing throughout Italy. Sunday I sent my husband Gregg to Fornoli for the Festa dell Briciole, or Festival of Crumbs.  Gregg arrived a few hours into the event under very cloudy skies and a cold light mist. Vendors set up tents in Fornoli’s Piazza Aldo Moro. read more…


Italian Festivals: The Living Nativity

This past weekend Monti di Villa held it’s 4th Annual Living Nativity Festival.  Sipping wine and sampling locals delicacies at an Italian festival ranks high on my bucket list, but I still have a few days until I depart for Tuscany, so I sent my husband. Gregg joined several of our friends and made the read more…


Moving to Italy: Preparations are Underway

Christmas vacation in Italy may only be weeks away, but it’s our permanent move that has consumed my every thought.  In eight months we will call Ponte a Serraglio, Italy home.  Gregg has already inventoried which clothing will make the trip and which will either be sold in our moving sale or donated. Since I read more…


Where and What to Eat in Bagni di Lucca, Italy

In 2016 I will call Bagni di Lucca, Italy my home. My husband and I chose this breathtakingly beautiful area not just for the 25 small villages that make up Bagni di Lucca, but for the incredible people, landscape and of course, the food. I spent nine weeks during the summer of 2015 in neighboring read more…


Italy and Son Featured on an Italian Fashion Blog

I have to admit the phrase, “Italy and Son Featured on an Italian Fashion Blog” seems more like a fantasy than reality.  As much as I love Italian fashions I could never imagine someone intentionally posting a picture of me on their fashion blog. That was until I came across http://www.reasonstodress.com. Fashionista Angie blogs about Italian read more…


Happy Birthday Wishes to My Husband

I want to share birthday wishes to the man that has made my Italian dreams come true, my best friend and husband, Gregg. We have been together 13 wonderful years. I have dreamt of living in Italy for more than a decade, and next summer that dream will become a reality, all because of Gregg’s read more…


Morning in Ponte a Serraglio: A Photo Tour-Part Two

  Lovely Ponte a Serraglio is one of twenty five villages that make up Bagni di Lucca, Italy.  Situated along the Lima River in Tuscany, Ponte a Serraglio is an often overlooked tourist destination.  We spent the summer in what I consider my “personal paradise”.  Please enjoy part two of my morning photo tour of read more…


Morning in Ponte a Serraglio: A Photo Tour-Part One

Many of us have a special place on this planet that rejuvenates our soul. It may be a country, town, tavern or park. For me that country is Italy and the town is Ponte a Serraglio in Bagni di Lucca. This summer Spencer, Gregg, and I finally got a chance to see this Tuscan town in read more…


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