Giulia went to Italy and you can too

Last night I had dinner with some old friends. A family we know. They made pizza. I gave them a little advice on the house they want to build. We met through our children but it was Italy that brought us close. The husband is as bad as I am when it comes to Italy and the nagging desire to up sticks and go tomorrow, if only the planets would align. Years ago I helped them find an apartment to rent in Perugia for few months. They wanted to live the local life in Italy while the children where small enough and transportable enough. That was seven years ago and they liked it so much they did it again in 2010.

Piazza Navona, Roma

I was talking to their eldest, Giulia. She’s got the bug now too and it made me smile inside to hear her talking about how she misses Italy. How she prefers the natural allegria of Italians to the culture of drink and late nights her school friends in Melbourne are starting to take on at the weekends. And she is still so young. Giulia dreams. She talks with her father about the family getting a place in Orvieto because you know it’s only an hour from Rome by train and they both love Rome. She is her father’s daughter. But while we were talking I couldn’t help feeling the tiniest, tiniest bit the fairy godmother.

This beautiful, slim palazzo is not far from Piazza Navona

And I loved that. It’s actually funny how many of my design clients get back in touch for Italy travel tips  when they’re making their move. I must wear my heart on my sleeve more than I realise. So I’m going to do it. Add another string to my bow. Go public. Italian experience consultant specialising in long-term stays. Everything from choosing a location to where and how to enrol your children at school. How and how long. Everything you need to sort the dream. Time Out in Italy – working title perhaps. But from today my door is open.


Comments 18

  1. travellingbag April 7, 2012

    I first visited Italy in my twenties with a husband and young family in tow. I still love the place and have been back several times since. I would LUV to find a way of living there and just spend my time writing and inhaling the wonderful culture.

    • janinevasta April 7, 2012

      Italy is like that, Pam. Once is never enough. I am so happy you’ve found the blog and like the idea of living the Italian lifestyle a while. Writing interspersed by all that beauty and beautiful food and culture would be my ideal too.

  2. lily2u1 April 7, 2012

    Perfectly wonderful! — you as both fairy godmother and “Italian experience consultant…”
    Ah, I’d wish to be your first client. Maybe someday, when my fairy godmother happens along!
    Until then, your photos are a feast for the eyes and soul. Thank you, and Happy Easter! ~ Lily

    • janinevasta April 7, 2012

      Thank you Lily! Your words are a real boost to me and are always so welcome. This is such a passion of mine. It’s wonderful to be sharing some of the Italy love! Wishing you a peaceful, wonderful Easter!

  3. travelingmad April 7, 2012

    Wow that’s really nice. I’m glad to see and be a part of the group deciding to “live their dream!”

    These photos are beautiful. I love that fountain in the first photo. Italy has many beautiful fountains and I like the architecture as well.

    Thanks for sharing and Bon Chance!

    • janinevasta April 7, 2012

      Absolutely! Dreams are for living, sooner or later. But they can be beautiful all on their own too. Thank you for your sweet comment. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo in Rome. It is just so beautiful. And then there’s the light… a lot like your Paris.

  4. jann April 8, 2012

    What a delightful photo of the pale pastel palazzi & fountain on Piazza Navona!! May everyone live her dream, no matter what it is!! Happy Easter, Janine.

  5. Helen April 8, 2012

    Great idea Janine! Looks like there’s going to be quite a crowd of us over there at some point !! Will you specialise in certain areas or will you cover the whole of Italy?

    • janinevasta April 9, 2012

      Thank you Helen! Well I hope so! I would certainly LOVE to see you there one day! There’s still so much to discover about the beautiful lifestyle in Umbria I would start out there. Also because that’s the region I know and love best. Then we’ll see…Jx

  6. Shelagh April 9, 2012

    I wish you all the best! Once you start pulling on that string I’m sure you’ll find that all kinds of helpful resources start popping up to make it flourish. Action begets opportunity, I believe. Keep us posted.

    • janinevasta April 9, 2012

      Thank you Shelagh. You are absolutely right. I’ve discovered that sharing a real, heartfelt passion – especially when it’s Italy! – takes you to so some amazing places – and people.

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