We’re Moving to Italy . . .
On our pilgrimage to Italy we stopped off in Florida to visit relatives. We’re having a great time ‘catching up’ as we always do when we get together! Many thanks to my cousin (more like a sister) Alison and her husband Tom for their generosity and love! Love you!
On September 16 we move on to Italy. Getting there amidst COVID is a challenge, the most flights we’ve ever taken (4 stops!?!?). Miami – JFK – Milan – Rome – Venice. Talk about taking the ‘local’!? Once we arrive we’ll start our 2 week quarantine in a little town, Fontanafredda, a province of Pordenone, just north of Venice.
Some housekeeping . . . when we let everyone know we were moving to Italy we’re sure some of you asked yourselves . . . Why now?
As the first post of our ‘Pilgrimage to Italy’ blog we want to explain the “why” to set the stage. It wasn't just one revelation that brought us to move to Italy but the result of two decades of planning combined with a series of ‘unplanned’ events.
You see it was always our dream to one day move to Italy, but that dream was still 3-4 years away.
So why did we move up our timeline . . . we were very happy with our lives here, but 2020 brought a number of things, some unexpected, which made us rethink our plan. Obviously, 2020 brought COVID-19 which changed the way we live in so many ways, in addition our son-in-law, a US Army Ranger, was returning from another deployment, almost 11 months in Afghanistan. Just before returning he learned his next duty post would be in Italy, so they asked us since we were always planning on moving there, would we be interested in doing so a few years earlier so we could help them with our 2 young granddaughters. We talked about it and said, “why not”.
Many of you know we are Italian citizens (more on that in a future blog) and since 2000 we’ve visited Italy over and over sometimes 2x a year. Each time our trips got longer and we started thinking about what it would be like to live there.
In 2016 we started a small tour company (more on that in a future blog) with our first tours being in Tuscany and later in Venice. We’ve made many friends there, who we now consider family, so we started talking more seriously about spending the majority of the year in Italy!
We love the culture, the pace of life, the emphasis on both family and social interaction, how people gather in the piazza and talk over a caffe . . . we love the food, and of course the people. We love the ‘Old World’ atmosphere . . . Italy dwells on its history, everywhere you go, there are historical sights currently being used where life and history collide. Not to mention the traditions that have continued on for centuries, the festivals, artwork, and quite frankly just about everything else. You can go one hour from your home and have a completely different landscape, from mountain town down to the seaside, with different sights to see and completely different foods to taste.
Which brings me to the food. Italian food is famous as one of the best, I think the best, cuisine in the world. It's the one cuisine most people can agree on when you decide to eat out!? In Italy they take all of those fresh, organic ingredients and turn them into works of art on the table.
For me, the best thing about life in Italy are its people. They are warm, welcoming, and friendly. We really love the community we’ve found there. People are so welcoming in Tuscany where we will eventually settle. They take you by the hand and lead you into their homes. They offer you a coffee or a glass of wine. They really want you to experience the best that their Italy offers. They have an innate warmth that makes you feel a part of their family. It's something that has really touched us.
Many of you have asked us, “. . . but will you still be doing your tours” . . . absolutely yes!
2021 will see Villas of Italy tours as they have been over these last 4 years. But, starting in 2022 we'll be evolving into something new. We think you’ll love what we are becoming, and we’ll share much more information with you as time goes on.
Bene allora . . . grazie a tutti for your heartfelt well wishes of support! You’ll be receiving our ‘Pilgrimage to Italy’ blog where we’ll share our experiences and thoughts from our ‘pilgrimage’ back to our ancestral home over the next many months. You can follow us on the ‘Blog’ tab on our website; www.italianvillavacation.com, or on Facebook at Villas of Italy.
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
Ciao . . . a presto,
Tony e Lorna
Villas of Italy specializes in all-inclusive superior villa vacations. We've designed our adventures so Italy can be experienced in intimate tour groups, Tourneo Custom air-conditioned vans, and one-of-a-kind Villa estates. Immerse yourself in Italy's picturesque towns and villages while enjoying exquisite cuisine, vibrant culture, and the spirit of Italy.
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Tony Moglia's grandparents immigrated from Italy in the early 1900's. He's a dual citizen who has traveled extensively throughout Italy for 40 years. He's happily married to a vibrant dancer who together have two children and three grandchildren. Tony has dreamed of Villas of Italy since his first trip to Italy, and now he shares his dream with you.