Thursday, March 30, 2006

Questions about life in Italy!

I never anticipated that I would become somewhat of an expert on such things as how do you bring your pets to Italy, what about residency, can you teach English if you don't speak Italian! I guess I'm living proof that in the words of the ancient Chinese proverb; "May you live in interesting times!" is not always a curse.
Having arrived in Umbria with our worldly belongings and dogs and cat after a stressful three day drive in convoy through France and down into Italy from the Channel Islands, we have survived numerous adventures good and bad and STILL love it here. This evening we sat out in our back garden with the animals until 8.30pm sipping wine and mulling over the day.
I have been a TEFL teacher since October 2004 in Arezzo, which is a far cry from previous work experiences but has enriched my life beyond all I had hoped. Having taught children from eight years to adults classes, and everything in between, I have made many good Italian friends and discovered much about the people. We also now run our own property management business and I also do other work like stock market commentary in English and helping people with website marketing. And I'm told that you can't teach an old dog new tricks! All I reply is that life is not a dress rehearsal so go for it!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Renting in Italy - Living the dream

Have you thought about taking a Gap Year and spending some time in one of Europe's most historic countries? Well look no further than Italy. Its wealth of history as well as its natural beauty, great food, wonderful people and good wine offer the perfect get away. If you are looking to take a break from the madness of everyday life, perhaps this property is what will tempt you here. Corticelle Due is set in the rolling Tuscan hills near Anghiari, which is steeped in history. This wonderful house offers charm and tranquillity while being close to many wonderful places. If you fall in love with it, you may even be tempted to buy it! Contact us for further details.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Spring in Italy

Well perhaps not quite, but not too far away! On Thursday I was travelling by car up the mountain towards Cortona to meet a client at Camucia station. I was hit by a blizzard and had to turn back and go down to Arezzo and back to Camucia to reach her. However, today the sun is shining and many of our trees are about to burst into bloom. This is what we cam to Italy for! April and May are to my mind the best months of all here in Umbria. The countryside is truly beautiful. Some of our properties have wonderful gardens and views. Take a look at our site for more information.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The real Italy, 12th Century Borgo

The 12th century 'borgo' (hamlet) of Santa Giuliana is one of the best-preserved castles in the Umbrian province of Perugia. In antiquity --- the earliest mention of Santa Giuliana is found in the monastic annals of the Carmodolite Order in the year 1143---the castle was a military outpost for Perugia. By the late 16th cent., the castle no longer had a military function and it became a monastic settlement. More recently, and until the end of the last century, it was occupied by farmers employed by one of the large landholders of this region.
In the early 1970's, a diverse group of artists, after lengthy negotiations with the Church, purchased the hamlet. Over the course of the next 10 years, the stone buildings were painstakingly restored. Although modern amenities (electricity, plumbing, central heating) were added, this was done with the utmost care to respect the original design.
Santa Giuliana is perched near the peak of Monte Corona and there are breathtakingly beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Holiday rentals/Long term rentals

If you are looking for that perfect holiday rental or are house hunting in Itlay and would like to rent while you are looking, please contact us at We also have good contacts with loacal estate agents and offer property management services.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Welcome to La Bella Italia

My husband and I live in the beautiful province of Umbria, Italy's green heart. I teach English as a Foreign language in Arezzo in Tuscany and we also run a property management business which includes rental properties, and managing second homes for people. Look at our website; If you come down our way we would be delighted to see you!