Città della Pieve

In addition to our desire to explore the many hill towns that surround the house there is always the crucial question – where do we stop for lunch (pranzo)?  We typically organize our excursions to encompass touring and exploration in the morning, followed by a lovely pranzo in some yet undiscovered trattoria, and then afterwards […]

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I Cipressi

Now that the renovation of the home has been completed, it is time to turn our attention to the exterior of the house.  At present it is a bit too austere for our tastes.  The former owner purchased the house in 2002 as a ruin.  There was no electricity until 2008 and he had to […]

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In Other Words

I have been on a quest to learn to speak Italian for more years than I care to say.  I have tried various methods – tutoring, adult education, on line learning, etc. but have always seemed to come up short.  When we travel to Italy I even switch out  the ‘chip’ in my U.S. cell phone […]

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La Vendemia (the harvest)

How many people fantasize about living in Italy and owning a vineyard?   Our house came with two rows of grape vines containing 55 plants.  I honestly had not thought that these vines would produce a significant amount of grapes to produce a significant amount of wine.  However, when I queried our caretaker about this […]

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Arezzo or Bust

My love of antiques has always made me hunger for the famous antique market held the first Saturday and Sunday of each month in Arezzo.  This time I was determined that we would make it there to explore all its treasures.  Arezzo is rich in art and dates to Etruscan times, when it was part […]

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First Year

In essence we have completed our first year of ownership.   It has not been without its trials and tribulations; but has come with rewards as well.  One of the first things we wanted to do was have a gathering to celebrate this milestone.  Even though we are entirely ensconced into the Italian way of […]

Let’s Play Ball

As youngsters spending our summers at the beach clubs that surrounded Long Island Sound, the male members of the family would gather on a Sunday afternoon at the rustic dirt bocce court after a copious lunch to play their favorite game.  No women were granted  access to this fraternity;  and only as children were we […]

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Painting the Interior

Painting for the interior of the house had been included in the ‘preventivo’ (estimate) for the renovation.  However, as with most construction projects, costs mount, and Arturo and I were quite confident we could paint the house ourselves in an effort to save some money; especially as the quote we had received was 6,000 euro […]