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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 […]

Ficulle

The town associated with the house is actually Ficulle, but the home is located in Zona Le Crete  up in the hillside and far removed from the little town itself.  Today we took the scenic drive to see and explore the little town.  We traversed the windy road and eventually arrived at the medieval stone […]

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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 […]

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Back to Italy

Fall 2015 We arrived back in Italy on Thursday afternoon after a long but comfortable flight on         Alitalia. We had used our miles to upgrade from economy to business class and it made for a more comfortable flight. Watched a movie, had a nice meal with lovely service and slept for […]

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All ‘inizio (in the beginning)

Last autumn we traveled to Italy again with the hope of finding a place to purchase.   Our first instinct was to buy a ‘city home’ in Firenze or Lucca that could be rented when we were at our home in Coral Gables. However, after looking at several properties in various locations in Tuscany it […]