This is a website by Hope (Speranza to “fellow” Italians), formerly documenting the experience of Hope and Steve’s excellent adventure of moving to Florence, Italy. Now, more of a travel and New Mexico blog, with some philosophy thrown in for good measure. I hope you find it entertaining and perhaps just a little inspirational…

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  1. I’d love to be moving to Florence, so perhaps I’ll tag along, if you don’t mind, and live vicariously … :

  2. Tony

     /  June 10, 2012

    I am glad you visited my blog as am now taking a look at yours… interesting!
    Well, since you like Italy I hope you will be back to read more and meanwhile feel free to ask or contact me for any stuff….
    Thanks and hugs

  3. I am so excited for you!

  4. Hi, welcome in this beatiful city! I lived there for almost 4 years and have to go back regularly. Enjoy every single moment.

  5. Hi there!
    I just got back from Italy and my favourite place was Florence!!! It was sooo gorgeous and I can imagine myself doing exactly what you are doing, packing up and moving there! 🙂

  6. Hi! Thanks for the visit. Hope you’re enjoying your stay in Florence. One of my favorite places and I still miss it. Totally envy you 🙂

  7. I shared your site for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Thank you for your wonderful inspiration.

  8. You got one of those Inspiring Blogger Awards from me too. BAM! Keep up the lovely posts. http://texasonthames.com/2013/01/07/very-inspiring-blog-awards/

  9. Hi Hope! And thanks for stopping by my blog! This is definitely going to be an adventure!

    • Sounds like you get some pretty cush benefits to make it go more smoothly than ours! In bocca al lupo!!!

      • Lol–you know how it is: for every one good thing, life throws you three things that suck!

  10. matteo

     /  December 2, 2015

    Hello. I am an Italian (a Bolognese, in fact) living in Australia and stumbled upon your Dear Italy letter. What a great letter, it brought a smile to me! I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you though. I miss my home but frankly wouldn’t go back to live.
    All the best

    • Grazie! In one of my posts I think that if I had lived in Bologna it might have turned out differently….but maybe not. Looking to get back soon for travel though!

  11. Thank you for following my blog.

  12. We moved from Oregon to a tiny village in the Italian Alps (Tret(. Conosco bene l’Italia dopo 18 anni di troppa grappa. Mi piace il tuo blog e sto seguendo.

  13. Hi Hope!

    I work for a website called Expat Arrivals that provides advice for expats and am currently in the process of updating our guide to moving to Italy. I came across your blog while doing research was wondering whether you might be interested in doing an interview with us about expat life in Italy?

    Sorry for using this function as I could not find an email address to contact you on otherwise. Feel free to pop me an email (claire@expatarrivals.com) if you’d like to talk more. Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Kind regards,
    Claire Pearce


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