Paul and Lucy Spadoni periodically live in Tuscany to explore Paul’s Italian roots, practice their Italian and enjoy “la dolce vita.” Paul is the author of "An American Family in Italy: Living La Dolce Vita without Permission," an Amazon bestseller.
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Italy is still in my veins. The reason I
haven’t been blogging is that we have entered our most
work-intensive time of year, and all of our energy has been focused
on our road maintenance business. The only reason I’m not making
phone calls or sending business-related e-mails right now is that the
power has inexplicably gone out, right in the middle of a warm
weekday evening. But before it went out, we received an e-mail from
Italy that our house purchase passed a major milestone today.
Our friend Angelika,
representing us in a meeting between the sellers, real estate agents
and our notaio, signed our preliminary contract and made a
large payment on our behalf, almost half the price of the house. The
sellers have agreed to meet all of our conditions, and our geometra
has confirmed that the house meets the city’s legal
requirements. All that remains is to make a final payment of 76,000
euro and sign a few more documents, and we’ll get the keys. We have
already booked a flight to Italy in October to take possession.
We will only be in Italy
for two weeks in the fall, but next February through April, we plan
to spend our usual three months in Montecarlo. Although this will be
our sixth extended stay in the community where my grandparents were
raised and married, we expect that it will be different actually
owning a home instead of renting. We will miss Luca, Roberta, Enzo
and Gilda from the Casolare dei Fiori, and we won’t see our other
friends from San Salvatore as often, but living on the main street in
Montecarlo will challenge our language skills more, allowing us to
meet new people and further integrate into the community.
the house is about 75 percent furnished, Lucy has already been
shopping to fill the other 25 percent—and now we won’t have to
pack everything in boxes when we leave as we had to do when staying
at the Casolare.
“I’m very content,
because it just feels like home,” Lucy said. “I’m glad for our
time at the Casolare, but this is home, where our kids and
grandchildren can come and stay. It will be a heritage.”