Sunday, April 11, 2010


I wish I'd had more time over these last few weeks to write down my thoughts and feelings, but alas, packing and cleaning have been time-consuming tasks.  Luckily Art's daughter arrived for a quick visit, giving us an excuse to take a break and revisit some of our favorite places.  When I thought about writing about where we'd gone, at first I was going to say we'd made 'one last visit', but that sounded so final!  It's not as if we'll never see most of these places again - we already have plans to return to Italy this fall for six weeks, so, rather than say we made 'one last trip' to Florence, I decided to simply say we made 'another' visit to Florence, which implies that yes, we've been there before, but certainly doesn't give the impression that we'll never be there again. 

So, last week we made another visit to Assisi, to Orvieto and to Montefalco.  We also made another visit to Florence, Perugia and Rome.  All places we love for sure, and for the most part we re-visited some of our favorite sites in each of those cities:  the Basilica in Assisi, the Duomo in Orvieto, L'Alchemista in Montefalco (you just knew food would be involved, didn't  you?).  We strolled through the food market in Florence as well as the Bargello, wandered through the Rocca Paolina in Perugia then spent some time in our favorite Rome museum, the Borghese.  We've also made sure to stop by our favorite gelateria in Marsciano, Stefania's and we've enjoyed a perfect porchetta sandwich. 

It's a bittersweet time for us, but knowing familiar faces and familiar places will be waiting for us whenever we return makes our impending departure seem less like 'goodbye' and more like 'alla prossima' - until the next time.  Ci vediamo dopo!


At 4/11/2010 10:09:00 AM , Blogger LindyLouMac said...

I felt some sadness about your impending departure creeping into your post today. However what wonderful memories you have to take away with you until next time.

At 4/19/2010 11:05:00 AM , Blogger Cristina said...

Hiya Barbara, I meant to write to you before but as you know, life gets crazy. Anyway, I wanted to make sure to tell you that before you left Italy you had to leave your Permesso di Soggiorno with the border patrol (as it states on the PdiS). I know that you will be back at some point though so you should make sure you do it then. This is also important for your purchaser as if the comune shows that you are a resident still, they may be denied which would mean you having to come back to straighten it out.

Of course, ignore this if you already knew this and I hope all is going well with you and Art!

At 4/19/2010 12:03:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks Cristina, yes we did know that, and we'll do it in Sept. Our buyer won't be establishing residency for a few years so it won't be a problem for now. Our last few days were so busy, and since we weren't in San Venanazo, we just weren't able to get to the comune before we left.

At 5/15/2010 04:44:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I are looking for a vacation home in Italy. We're also American...overwhelmed with all that lies ahead of us...but we are starting our journey. Is you home still for sale? If so, would love more information. My email is
Warm regards,

At 5/15/2010 04:11:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

Danielle, best of luck to you! I'm pleased (and relieved!) to say that we sold our house in April. I hope you enjoy your search for a home in Italy as much as we did!

At 6/20/2010 12:31:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on selling your house. I know the move back to the US will be bittersweet, but like you say, returning to Italy for visits will be so much fun - both for you and your friends there. I dropped you an email the other day but got no response so I figured something was up. All the best - it's 96 degrees here today so get ready for summer in the South again. - Roy K

At 6/20/2010 12:36:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks Roy. Right now we're house-sitting in Florida for friends while THEY spend 6 weeks at their house in Italy! It's pretty hot and humid here - I'm already missing the dry heat and cool breezes we had in Umbria!


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