Benvenuti, welcome to our blog. In March 2013 our dream of owning property in Tuscany was realized. We spent 2 years getting there thanks to the struggle of acquiring a loan from an Italian bank as 2 not incredibly rich Americans. We lost our first dream house, a perfectly renovated home near Bagni di Lucca and ended up with a much more affordable old farm with 8.5 acres near Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. This property contains 1 small home that is livable but needs some work, an old ruin of a farm house that we hope to someday turn into the villa of our dreams, the remnants of a small vineyard, and a dilapidated chestnut barn.
Here you will find pictures and stories depicting our experience making a home out of ruin. Whether you are reading this blog for information or because you know us we hope you enjoy sharing in our struggles and joys on this adventure.