Saturday, October 29, 2016

Today, I fly back to the US for the winter months. I'm going to spend time with my kids, my family and my many friends in southern California. The thought of leaving Italy makes me sad. I have found a peace and joy here that I have never experienced before.

Don't get m...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Handsome Emperor Hadrian

Hadrian married in about AD 100, but there is not much written about the life of his wife and empress, Vibia Sabina. Sabina's image was put on the official coin and there are many statues of her. However, ancient sources, (pre National Enqu...

Friday, September 30, 2016


In 1804, Napoleon introduced the 'Edict of Saint-Cloud', ordering all cemetery burials outside of the city walls. Today, most Italian cemeteries consist mainly of rows of concrete vaults, a practice similar of the ancient Etruscans and early Christians, sealed with a...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A visit to Siena wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Basilica San Domenico to see the dismembered, mummified head of Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). Her right thumb also resides in a smaller reliquary not far from her head.

At the age of 7, Catherine...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 Bravio delle Botti 

The Bravio delle Botti, Barrel Racing takes place on the last Sunday of August along the main streets of Montepulciano. It's a challenge between the eight Contradas, or districts within the city that compete for a painted cloth banner. The two a...

Friday, August 26, 2016

1. Riding my bicycle past a local winery and watching the grapes grow.

2. Knowing what time it is by hearing the church bells ringing at Chiesa Montecchio near my home.

3. Listening to some blues music at the Trasimeno Blues Festival in a Medieval Cas...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

During my college years in New York City, I spent a lot of time in beautiful Central Park. Unfortunately, I had to share the park with a huge pigeon population that covered its many sculptures and landmarks. These pigeons were dirty, garbage eating creatures that I abh...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Saint Gilibert's Well

In the year 515, St. Gilibert passed through Monsigliolo on a pilgrimage to Rome. The local road was renamed Viale Vannucio Faralli. Just after the village of Monsigliolo, there is a plaque that records this event. According to tradition, he w...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

 Il paese che muore, 'The town that is dying'.

 Today I took a road trip to visit the city that Rick Steves has declared his favorite Italian city. It is an hour and 15 minutes from Cortona and 75 miles north of Rome.

You park your car at the foot of this long walkway an...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On July 10, I left my home in Cortona for a solo trip to Capri. With a turkey and cheese sandwich tucked in my backpack and all the essentials for a 5 day getaway, I wait for the train to take me to Naples. From there, I will board the high speed hydrofoil to Capri. Bu...

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       La Dolce Vita 

Mike and I met in 2016 at the Farmers Market in Laguna Beach. We booked our first adventure 2 months later to go biking in New Zealand. Together we bungee jumped off a cliff at Lake Taupo in the north island.

We survived and thrived ...and married 2 year later.

Our adventures have taken us paragliding off a mountain in Lucerne, Switzerland, hiking through the bush in Zambia in search of the elusive white rhino and covered in bees at a bee farm in Tucson, Arizona. 

I hope you enjoy adventures and misadventures.

  Ciao for now,

  Nancy and Mike

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