Author Archives: This AmerItalian Life

About This AmerItalian Life

My parents took me on my first camping trip when I was 2 months old and I haven’t stopped traveling since. My curiosity for new people, cultures, landscapes, food, ideas and opinions has brought me to where I am today: living in Northern California with my Italian husband, dog an AmerItalian son. Having spent my formative adult years living in Tuscany and then starting my life completely over yet again back in the U.S., I have been able to experience life through different lenses. I started this blog several years ago because I felt like I’d explode if I kept all my experiences of living in Italy it inside. I was barely able to scratch the surface before be began making plans to move stateside. So here I find myself with 5 more years of post-expat experiences, just bursting to get out of my head. My intentions are simple: since I love to connect with people and share stories, I hope by putting mine out there, I might be able to connect with others who have their own to tell. I don't consider myself to be a writer and I am not the best at self-editing...you have been warned!

World-Class Cycling Just Outside My Door

It’s not everyday that you have some of the world’s best athletes passing literally RIGHT in front of your house. It’s almost time for the first test race to start from Pistoia, and when they do they’ll be heading directly … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned from Italy: Eating Local

One of the things I  admire most about Italians is how connected they are to their land. It’s a benefit of living in the same area for thousands of years. They’ve become intimately familiar with of the flora and fauna of … Continue reading

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What I love about Italy: wild mushroom hunting

Just around the beginning of September (or more specifically, after the first soaking rain at the end of the summer) there’s a tangible excitement in the air. Old men poke their heads out to observe the sky and note the … Continue reading

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What I love about Tuscany: Schiacciata

Every week, my father-in-law makes a trip to his hometown of Signa (about a 15 minute drive) to make the rounds and say hello to old friends. I don’t remember the first time, when he brought back the so-fresh-it’s-still-warm bread … Continue reading

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Ricette Italiane: Panzanella

The great thing about Italian food is it’s EASY! There’s usually less than 5 ingredients (not including salt, pepper and olive oil which are kind of a given for everything) and there’s not a lot of fancy-shmancy technique! One thing … Continue reading

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Filing on behalf of my alien (an unfinished green card story)…

Since the day Fabio and I finally decided to go ahead and start the paperwork for his green card (we’d be tossing the idea around lightly since early 2012), life has been pretty damn stressful and emotional.  Actually, it kind … Continue reading

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What I love about Italy: Dinners with Friends

One of the reasons Italy has been such a good fit for me is that its cultural, day to day lifestyle really allignes with what I’ve come to find to be priorities my in life. One of these things is … Continue reading

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