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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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Il contenitore arriva!!! (The Container Arrives)

When we hired Omega to ship our household goods to Italy, we knew the nearest port was in Civitavecchia, Rome; so when we were told our goods would be sent to Naples and then trucked to Ficulle we were a bit surprised.    Well, who were we to question the wisdom of this. Once the […]

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Sending the Container

When anyone came to Casa Le Crete to have a look around or give an estimate (preventivo) for some needed work they would survey the interior, shake their heads and murmur, ‘tutto IKEA’. (ALL IKEA)  Yes, the house had been furnished almost exclusively with furniture and accessories from this mammoth Swedish store.  Don’t get me […]

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 […]