I’m not full of “it.”
I’m full of ITALY.
That’s because in 2011 I married an Italian man – l’amore della mia vita – and I’ve been living here ever since.
I am filling myself with Italy slowly: one bite of cheese, one dish of risotto and one glass of wine at a time. It is a tasty, frustrating, confusing, beautiful, emotional, stressful and joyous experience, so I’m here to tell you ALLLLL about it!
I am one of many (American) expats who took the mighty plunge to live the Italian lifestyle in Italy.
Like many expats, my Italian wedding took place in a building that dates back to the 15th century, I re-took driver’s ed in the Italian language (and failed the written the first time around), my daily walks lead me past lush vineyards and crumbling old villas with rows of cypress trees leading up the drive, the Italian bureaucracy drives me insane, and I soak up as much vino as possible.
I’m here to make sure that you don’t overlook northeastern Italy, mainly Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto because those are the areas I know best and they have SO much to offer! Masterchef Luca Manfe is from Friuli. Many battles during World War I were fought in this area of Italy. Next time you’re soaking in a Jacuzzi hot tub, you can thank the Friuli men and women who built it! This is the home of frico, speck di Sauris, tasty sparkling wines like Verduzzo and Prosecco, the chair capital of the world and so much more. If I see, touch, taste or smell something that I like from this area of Italy, I will use this blog as a “list” of my favorite things. My beginners guide to Friuli is useful if you don’t know much about the region
I don’t post often, but when I do, I make it meaningful. Less is more, right?
Dish yourself up a heap of wild mushroom risotto and pour yourself a glass of Prosecco: it’s time to fill yourself with Italy.