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Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Hi, It’s Lisa again. Following on from my post about using a car to get around in Italy, and the difficulties presented using this form of transport, I’d like to go on to using the rail network.

Getting About in Italy…. Part One

Getting About in Italy…. Part One

Hi… It’s Lisa here, doing my first blog post which I hope you will find informative. Getting around Italy can be easy or very stressful! I’m going to cover the various modes of transportation in Italy which I hope will enable tourists and people looking […]

Changes are afoot …

Changes are afoot …

There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background.

After three years in the north of Italy, we have taken the decision to relocate to the south of Italy to continue our careers as English teachers.

Although we have loved our time in Piacenza we have been offered a dream move to a town called Melito di Porto Salvo. For those that don’t know this is the most southerly town in Italy, and it is right on the toe of Italy’s boot.

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Both of us like living by the sea, and our new home will be five minutes from the sea. It also has the added bonus that we can see Sicily and Mount Etna from our apartment.

We’re looking forward to sharing the tastes, smells and sounds of our new home very shortly, including the local chilli festival which happens just after we move down there.

Hopefully in the meantime there will be some other posts about what will soon be our old home.

Keep checking back for further updates!

La Stoppa …

La Stoppa …

Apologies for the lack of posts, but we’re back! If you’ve read our previous posts you will remember that we said that we couldn’t visit the many vineyards around where we live because we had to use public transport. Well now we have a car, […]

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat […]

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!

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Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car. However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, […]

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce. However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to […]

Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

It’s surprising how I have developed new habits since living in Italy.

These Italian habits are easy to acquire, and very difficult to lose. They are also likely to annoy or surprise your friends and family if you take them back home!

However I’ve been assured that this is normal! The subtle changes in my behaviour since living in Italy are merely part of a healthy process psychologists call “acculturation”.

That said, some of them might raise a few eyebrows if I keep them up when I’m outside Italy!

Here are seven of the new habits that I’ve noticed so far ….

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Winter In Italy…

Winter In Italy…

Apologies for my silence on here, but in Winter the north of Italy slows down, and so there is not much to report at the moment! However, the mercury is rising, so everything and everyone is starting to spring back to life! February is when […]


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Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Hi, It’s Lisa again. Following on from my post about using a car to get around in Italy, and the difficulties presented using this form of transport, I’d like to go on to using the rail network.

Getting About in Italy…. Part One

Getting About in Italy…. Part One

Hi… It’s Lisa here, doing my first blog post which I hope you will find informative. Getting around Italy can be easy or very stressful! I’m going to cover the various modes of transportation in Italy which I hope will enable tourists and people looking […]

Changes are afoot …

Changes are afoot …

There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background. After three years in the north of Italy, we have taken the decision to relocate to the south of Italy to continue our careers as […]

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat […]

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!