A Delaware Woman Shares an Inside Look at Two Years in Italy

Courtesy of Rosemary Connelly

Milford resident Rosemary Connelly and her late husband, Bob, did what other retiring couples dream of—took two years off and soaked up the simple life in another country.

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The couple resided in Italy for two years where they explored and recorded everything in a blog. Rosemary did the writing and illustration and Bob the photography.

Now Connelly has reshaped all the adventure into a fascinating book, Two Years in Italy: How Two Fifty-Somethings Retired and Went to Italy to Live Cheap & Make Art, now available on Amazon in paperback and eBook. “We had been taking vacations to Europe for years,” Connelly says, “and we both wanted to see what it was like living in a different culture.”

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Courtesy of Rosemary Connelly

They returned to the U.S. in 2007 and settled in Sussex County, although both were born in New York and lived most of their lives in Arizona. Bob died in 2015, but not before the couple became active in Milford’s social and cultural community.

A noted artist and teacher, Connelly operates Live Cheap & Make Art Studios and will return to Italy this spring to take art students on a sojourn to one of her old haunts—Umbria—before returning to her ancestral home in Italy for a month.

Find Two Years in Italy: How Two Fifty-Somethings Retired and Went to Italy to Live Cheap & Make Art on Amazon to learn more about their wonderful journey and lessons learned in Italy. Perhaps even become inspired to simplify your own life or even explore a new country with a minimalist lifestyle.

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