Ciao, I’m la Signora Sheila.
American born, Italian at heart. Relishing Italian slow living 30+ years. Happily married 40+ years mom, and nonna! This is where I share my love of Italy, the Italian people, and of simple, slow living (AKA the dolce vita Italiana).
It’s a glimpse into everyday life here, the good, the bad, the unusual, and the ordinary. All from my point of view (naturally) and based on what I’ve learned and experienced in my years here.
I hope you’ll enjoy it, learn something new, and will come back to share my journey in the Bel Paese!
I really live in two Italian towns.
Our main home
Our main home is nestled between the Adriatic Sea and mountains of Abruzzo (left image above). A delightful, peaceful town that has taught me much on simplifying, taking it slow, and focusing on the more important things in life. A place for redisovering the value of relaxation and the art of occasionally doing nothing at all.
Our summer home
Our summer village and Hubby’s birthplace (on the right) is hidden away in the remote and lonely mountains of Salerno’s Cilento area. In what I consider the true ‘heart of slow living,’ where internet and phone connections are sketchy at best, villages small, and shops miniscule. In many ways (mostly positive) it’s like going back a few decades to a simpler, more manageable way of life.
We married exactly one month after meeting for the first time, and our life together has been a truly adventurous blessing!
We set out for Italy with very little. Just two kids and eight suitcases. No income or money in the bank, no property or assets, very little cash, and no jobs in sight.
We’ve moved over 50 times, north to south and east to west, mostly in Italy. Even living in a tent, a tarantula-infested camper (shudder), and an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning! We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. And most of all discovered that God has been, and continues to be, faithful every step of the way!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll become a part of my Italian adventure!
Images are my own.