Welcome, Friend! We’re Mario & Sheila and we’re excited you stopped by our little corner of Italy!
How would you like to share a bit of small-town Italian life with us?
This is where we share nostalgic memories of our 30 years here, lessons we’re ever learning on the slow dolce vita, some touristy stuff, and a few inspirational posts tucked in here and there just to brighten your day and encourage your heart.
We are both from small towns and small-town people at heart. We love the peace and simple values of small-town living. And we are blessed to divide life between two truly charming small Italian towns!
Technically, we are not stranieri (foreigners) here.
I (Sheila), author and maker of this blog, hold dual citizenship. And though born and raised near a small town in the center of Michigan’s beautiful mitt, I feel perfectly at home here in my adopted homeland.
Super Mario, as his preschool kiddies call him was born in a southern Italian mountain village and raised in the Bronx by non English-speaking parents. We returned to Italy because his heart never really left his beautiful homeland.
We have 2 wonderful adult children, raised and home-schooled in Italy. And 9 special grandchildren (ages 4-19). All of whom now (sadly) live in the USA. Although we did have the blessing of having our daughter and her family here for 7 years!
Our years here
Along our long and varied path of shoestring-budget missionary living since 1989, we’ve moved over 50 times. And lived in everything from tarantula-infested campers (shudder) to a tent. And even in an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning!
We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. You can learn more about our missionary work at our ministry page, Mission Italia.
We count it a blessing to live in this beautiful land, a privilege to serve these wonderful people, and your visit here as an honor and joy! And we hope you’ll take a moment to introduce yourself!
But most of all we hope you’ll leave here feeling a bit closer to us and will share our love for this beautiful land!
Images our own.