Who am I?

I recently spent several years in Italy–my son was born there–but this is not my first brush with la dolce vita. Although I’m American, I was born in Rome, studied abroad in Florence and have visited Italy many times as a tourist. My Italian citizenship is the next step. However, studying abroad is a uniquely liminal experience, and this blog chronicles my experiences living as the Italians do, with all the inherent joys and frustrations of an new mother (and expat) living abroad. I’m now back in the U.S. and am still writing about the time I spent in Italy. This blog is also about embracing a different way of life and making sure to stop and enjoy the cappuccinos.

For more information about me, click here.


17 Responses to About

  1. Heather Randall says:


    What a great concept!! I can’t wait to see more. I LOVE, LOVE your title!! All my best to you as always!

    Fellow lover of writing,


  2. Heather says:

    I subscribed to the blog so I can get any and all updates! : )

    • 9ia says:

      me too! i’m really interested in Italy… i’m a bit embarrassed to say this but i developed an interest in Italy after watching Nine. 🙂

  3. hildreth says:

    thank you for sharing with us! what a great way to get a little taste of Italy via the DiGiovine Family 🙂

  4. Karen Luckritz says:

    Just wonderful! What a great idea. I will be following your updates, and love the pictures.


  5. alfrodull says:

    Wow I just stumbled upon your blog and I have to tell you that I love it. I never had a chance to live in Italy, but over the years I visited many times, and most of my friends live there. I studied in a “liceo scientifico statale” outside of Italy (yes these do exist) for my junior high and high school years, so it was like I went to Italy for school every day over 8 years. So I have this fascination with la Dolce Vita and will definately follow your future posts, while I’m catching up on older ones…

  6. glitzie says:


    come sta? i love your blog! i so wanna live in Italy someday. just this year i turned down an application to study there for summer.but i’m not having any regrets. i just wish i could live/stay there soon. i’ve been learning Italian for a year and a half now but it’s still rusty.. and yeah “the culture of driving” is a great help.something i should take note of. 😀

    God bless you and your family! Cheers to motherhood! ♥

  7. terrycw says:

    Found your blog recently and love it! I’ve gone backwards a bit a started reading old entries. Do you happen to have a button I could put on my blog for you?
    Someday I will see Italy (although, Sicily will be my first choice, then mainland Italy) – but I suppose this 3rd generation Italian-American needs to learn ALL the language first! lol
    Thanks for a great read!

  8. prof. Joe says:

    Hi Laura, expat here living in Italy for the past 10 years and wanted to say I enjoy reading your posts. I live in the south so things are a little bit different but one thing that is sure “la dolce vita” is throughout Italy… ciao

  9. Ms Mak says:


    Love your title. Visited Italy many years agao – Venice, Florence and Milan. Until today, I had the best cappucino I ever had was at a cafe near the Duamo in Florence.
    Will never forget it!

    A great read and good luck!

  10. laraleigh says:

    stumbled upon your blog and loved it. 🙂 I’d love to visit Italy soon.

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