21 Maggio 2018. Introduction to My Blog


The title of my blog, “Bella Ciao,” comes from the refrain of a famously heartfelt Italian song,  “Bella Ciao” means “beautiful hello.”

The song is beloved because it’s about waking up to a new world.  It’s a symbolic song about the need and hope for change.  It was first sung in France!

“La mattina, sono svegliata:  Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao!’

“In the morning, I awakened:  beautiful hello, beautiful hello, beautiful hello!”

Now that you know what the title means, let me tell you what this blog is about?  I, Carolyn, an American from the Seattle area, live in Italy for about 5 months of the year.  I live deep in the countryside in a green valley in Umbria, to be exact, with my husband, Bob.  This blog is not just about tourism, nor is it just about food, but rather I wish to share with you my impressions of Italian culture.  I may touch on the abundance of beautiful artworks and landscapes, but all the while I’ll be reporting on my daily life and experiences as an American woman in Umbria. Dear reader, allow me to take you by the hand.  Let’s “wake up” together to a changing world, the world of Italy.  It’s always full of surprises!

Bella Ciao!








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