New friends

Our old friends sold their apartment in the Piazza to what are now our new friends. They are here for their first (short) stay. They are trying to equip the place with the necessities of living there. The furniture was part of the sale but much else must be bought.

We met them and we all went to lunch in Montone, our nearby hill town. We ate in Antica Osteria in the main square. Seems it may be under different ownership but we all enjoyed our lunch. They enjoyed visiting Montone, a town they had not yet seen. Here we are!

The view!

Today I finally finished unpacking the last boxes from the move. They were dishes I have no space for, and summer clothes which we didn’t need so I didn’t feel a big need to unpack! But I felt it was time.
We have a mourning dove nesting on our terrace. She doesn’t seem to mind us being out and about. My only worry is that we have engaged a carpenter to replace some old wood on the big canopy over the terrace. I want to warn him away from her nest. He won’t be here for a couple weeks but I don’t think her eggs have hatched yet.
Today we got our sofa for upstairs, inside. I think it makes the space look much more inviting and lived-in. Homey. Next a rug.

Finally, tonight we went out for pizza with our friends and their guests. We went to Degusto. Very near our house. And just next to the public swimming pool. They have an excellent crust. It looks dense but it is, in fact, light as air. Here are some drool worthy pictures. 🙂

Mmmm mmmm good!

10 thoughts on “New friends

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Lynn, I have found it easy to make friends here. I have some Italian friends, but I admit, I’m also friends with much of the expat community, which is substantial. There are a lot of full time residents, but summer residents too. And some charities for the dogs and cats around here which do quiz nights and other fun stuff. I have more friends here than I ever had in the US. Much to my surprise. We also meet people for coffee, or wine or lunch who reach out from reading this journal. I love meeting new people!

  2. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hey Matt, the sofa definitely makes it more of a home upstairs. The downstairs is mostly done. Just need light curtains downstairs to filter the light some.

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Karen! It is in Umbertide. Just steps from our house. Open only for dinner as almost all pizzerie are here. Christie and Jane are vegetarian so all but one of the pictures pizzas were vegetarian. Luther had the Sarda, which had spicy Sardinian sausage. The last one, the one you liked, was mine!

  4. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Noel, we and our friends are doing a survey of all the pizzerias in the city. There are a lot. We are rating them from 1 to 10. Degusto was 8.5 on Luther and my meter. Really delicious and the crust amazing!

  5. Lynn Brown

    We also moved to another country 2 years ago this June.the Bahamas.How long did it take you to make friends?We live here [on the beach] full time and we’re one of 2 couples who do.Are most of your friends full time residents as well? We find the “ winter residents” get busy with friends and family visiting

  6. Karen Pace

    Love the couch and the last pizza in the photos! Drool-worthy, indeed! Might have to make a trip to Montone just to try it! =)

  7. Noel

    Oh. My. Goodness. That pizza looks absolutely amazing. We will be in Spoleto for two months beginning in mid-August and may just have to make a road trip to Degusto. Ho molto fame!! The couch looks comfy – auguri!

  8. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Linda, Degusto was a lifeline during the strict lockdowns here. They were the only place who delivered. It was good pizza too. But Laura, the lady we got our Deruta table from, said it was under new ownership and was even better. Try it again and tell me what you think..

  9. Linda Blanco

    Hi Nancy,
    We discovered Degusto Pizza a couple of years ago. I have to agree the Pizza is delicious! looking forward to returning there soon.

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