Tuscany certainly needs no introduction. You see evidence of its popularity everywhere. Its name is used to sell everything from ceramics to sofas, suburban homes to sandwiches, and even packaged food products like “Tuscan” flavored dog food! It is, without a doubt, Italy’s most famous and favored region. It has names that ring familiar to Read more...: Just Where in Italy is Tuscany?
When it comes to breaking out of stressful routines, overcoming fear, and achieving goals, Theresa Conti knows a thing or two. Not only has she counseled on these topics for 25 years...
Back before the internet age, Nancy Hampton eagerly anticipated her print subscriptions from International Living, so she’d clearly fostered a dream to live overseas for a long time.
Italy offers endless sights and historical attractions; I could list a hundred just in Rome alone. There’s so much to see no matter where you go.
It might seem strange to say that I’m a beach person, having spent much of my adult life as a desert dweller. But every vacation during those years was to the ocean, because while I loved life in New Mexico, I craved the ocean and needed at least one week of soaking myself in salt water to regenerate.
For my husband, Bryan, and I, Italy had long been a favorite vacation spot of ours. And with each visit, we imagined what it would be like to live there. We'd return home after our two-week vacation longing for the piazzas (public squares) where folks gathered and enjoyed each other's company...
Located in central Italy, Abruzzo is a region that straddles the north and south of the country. It’s about two hours from Rome (closer than Tuscany or Le Marche). Whether you want a lesser-known vacation destination or are looking for a new place to call home, Abruzzo is a good option.
Sitting at a cliff-side table overlooking the white-washed old town of Polignano a Mare, my husband Bryan and I marvel at how it manages to stay on its rock and not slide into the water below. The remnants of our delicious, fresh seafood lunch are being cleared away as we catch movement on the opposite cliff and turn our heads back toward town.
When we decided to move to Italy, we knew we loved the lifestyle and the Italian culture. We just hadn’t realized how affordable life here could be. Since we’re not in a touristy area or an art city like Rome, daily life where we live—in the southern region of Basilicata—is surprisingly inexpensive.
I never get tired of the view from my stone-walled terrace in Basilicata, Italy. My little 300-year-old casa is built on the edge of town and overlooks fields of grain and grazing sheep—their bells tinkling as they meander the hillside across from us.