This is always one of the first questions people ask me when they meet me in Cortona.
In September, 2015 , I attended the Tuscookany Cooking School in Chiaveretto, Italy. My husband had passed away a year prior. I had spent that year traveling the world with his ashes, leaving them in places he would have loved. My last stop was the cooking school where I donated an olive tree. The other students and I stood in a circle around the hole being dug for my tree. I added some of my husbands ashes to the dirt. It was at this point that I decided Tuscany may be the next chapter in my life. I loved the people, the food , the culture and wanted to spend my days getting immersed in all Italy has to offer....mostly the wine.
I met with a realtor the next day who I had contacted online and she showed me some properties in Cortona.
The very first villa I looked at I fell in love with. It was perfect. It's on a farm with a beautiful garden and a 5 minute drive into the center of Cortona.
I put in an offer and went back to the States to make the preparations for my move to Italy.
My family thought I had lost my mind but it's probably one of the best decisions I've ever made....
I started my blog LoveCortona.com to document my adventures or misadventures along the way.