About me

Welcome to my story! I am a retired Graphic artist and Web designer. My husband and I lived in Germany for a number of years and ever since returning to the US our dream has been to return to Europe.

During subsequent trips after our return, Italy became our go-to destination. Soon it became our dream to live there.

Here are maps. First one of Italy with Umbria marked. As you can see we are smack in the middle of the country. We are in the only landlocked state (with no foreign border) but we are exactly an hour and a half from both the Mediterranean and the Adriatic seas. Next you will see a map of Umbria with our town marked. Now you know where we are and can orient yourself. Click for larger versions. The name of our town is Umbertide. It is pronounced Um-BER-tee-day. Accent on the second syllable. Just think of Umberto, whom it is named after, and you’ll pronounce it right.

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To navigate the site in chronological order you need to go to the navigation on the right and chose December 2013 in the archives. This will start you from the beginning of our adventure.

And this is our town!


4 thoughts on “About me

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    We have given it a lot of thought and have pretty much decided to stay here in Umbria. Just love it too much. We intend to apply for the long term permit maybe next year. were going to this year but Covid put the kibosh on that. We think with the help of an attorney we can get it. Send an email with what sort of apartment you’re looking for. Size, location etc.

  2. Margaret Villarreal

    Nancy, we are arriving on an elective residency visa and will be seeking a rental property. Should you know of any….well send ’em my way! I read somewhere else in one of your blogs that you are leaving Umbria after you sell your home due to the limits on residency available to foreigners and the cumbersome re-application for your PdS each year. Have you decided what region is more open to foreign residency? I’d hate to get to comfortable only to know there wasn’t a path to residency after 5 years. Thanks – Margaret

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Maggie. Umbertide has my heart. It is a nice town that is a real slice of Italian life. Regular folks living their lives. Not like so any towns where it feels more “disney-esque”. They are beautiful but not real. Come visit next year. I hope you love it too!

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