In January 2011, we packed up and moved abroad to beautiful Florence, Italy. We’ve been living la dolce vita ever since! Wondering how a married 20-something American couple ends up moving to Florence, Italy? Yea, we get that question a lot!
We’ve both always been wanderers, dreamers and adventurers. Rob grew up in Indiana, went to boarding school in California, college in D.C. and found his way to Arlington, Louisville, Philadelphia and now Italy with Kate, originally from Bucks County, PA.
For years, we brainstormed ways to (legally) live in Italy. In the meantime, we tried living the more conventional life…moved to Louisville (a great city, btw), bought a house, got a car, etc. But, that life just wasn’t meant for us.
It turns out that the answer was there all along: jure sanguinis AKA Italian dual citizenship. Kate qualifies through her paternal great-grandfather; Rob qualifies through his marriage to Kate (he knew it would come in handy eventually).
After 12 months of document searching, certifying and translating (including 6 months shacked up with Kate’s parents in the Philly area), we made the move to Florence, Italy in January 2011. All of the hard work and sacrifice has totally been worth it. We’re not sure how long will be here — could be forever, could be another year or so. For now, we’re living life by the seat of our pants and loving every second of it. Our daughter, Livia, was born here in Florence in September 2012.
You may be wondering how we support ourselves while living abroad. Well, here is what makes our lives a lot easier: we own a marketing/web consulting business. All of our business is online. Our clients are all over the map. We are truly location independent. We’ve worked really hard to get our business to this point.
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So, that’s our story. What’s yours?