Chronicling Italian adventures
(pizza, wine, old towns) since 2013

Two New Zealanders living and eating in Northern Italy.

We don't have a selfie stick. Or a tripod. Nor have I ever used the timer on my camera. So the photos on this blog - and I do like to share them - are often of buildings. Often close ups. Or of Matt. When I can catch him unawares. But sometimes we take self portraits.
This blog does what it says in the title: I write about our Italian life, when I find it interesting; our travels, which I often find more so; and sometimes other things, too, like when I worry about what taking a couple of years out of a 'career' will do to my future earning potential.
We are both New Zealanders, living in Northern Italy. So far north we don't live in the actual boot, but somewhere in the upper thigh. Our town (city, really) is called Rovereto, it's small and cute and we like it. We're here for three years, and then...? To Amsterdam, coming May 2016.
Italy has been our home since April 2013 and we have made the most of our time here by language learning (attempts), sight seeing and, more recently, hiking in the hills/mountains surrounding our valley. We also cycle, slowly, we've discovered a taste for Italian foods and wines, and we like to explore our surroundings. This blog is our (mostly my) account of what we have been getting up to.

22 Comments on “

    1. Getting to visit often is still pretty sweet! It looks like you’re working much harder on your Italian than I am, I should take some inspiration from you :)

  1. Nice blog Hayley adn thanks for stopping by mine. I am hopefuly embarking on an adventure to live in Italy for a while – on the job hunt at the moment as a TESOL teacher or whatever – so most iteresting to read of your adventures :)

  2. Hey there — thanks for stopping by my blog today! I thought I was already following you but now it’s official. Will look forward to following your Italian adventures!

  3. Dear Matt

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Italy and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

  4. Ciao!

    I left you a comment on your wordpress blog – the post about the organic market in Rovereto, but perhaps you don’t visit that too often. Greetings from Belgium! I am going to Rovereto on Saturday for a clarinet competition, and I am staying in an airbnb. Was wondering if you could tell me more about the markets there – when, prices, etc. – and more about food options in general :) Per favore !!
    Grazie mille !

    1. Ciao AnnaMaria!
      That’s so exciting that you’re going to Rovereto, it’s a cute little town :). So the organic markets are on Saturday mornings, in the area around Piazza Erbe. There are stalls selling fruit, vegetables, cheese and bread. A lot of the same stalls pop up at the normal city Tuesday markets, which start in the same area and spread. I don’t know about the prices, but I think everything is really reasonable. Both markets are open all morning. There are lots of food options: I think caffetteria Bontardi (Piazza Cesare Battisti, behind the Neptune Fountain) has the best breakfast pastries. They also have good sandwiches and salads for lunch, and outside is nice for an evening aperitivo. I also recommend Pettirosso, Bar Christian, and Pizzeria Al Volo, which are all in or just out of the city centre. There’s also a vegetarian restaurant, L’Orto Di Pitagora.
      If you have any other questions, let me know. And good luck with the competition!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *