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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 […]

Setting Up House

A possible downside of renting out your home is running the risk of having your personal possessions and well furniture broken or damaged.  That was the case with the previous owner.  Not sure if all his tenants were large, clumsy or just uncaring; but the more than dozen chairs that filled the house had either the […]

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Purchasing the Home

In our lives we have bought and sold a number of properties.  Some fraught with angst and some uncomplicated.  However, nothing could have prepared us for the intricacies and nuances of negotiating in another language and in another  country.  I compare it to line about Ginger Rogers.  “She did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in […]