Our Towns

Italy’s 20 regions

Serving as missionaries here over the past 34 years means we have lived in various places, and visited many of Italy’s regions.

Places we have lived and our work there:

  • Lombardy – church plating
  • Emilia-Romagna – church planting, pastoring
  • Toscana – street evangelistic team
  • Lazio – church planting, pastoring, drug rehabilitation work
  • Abruzzo – church planting, pastoring
  • Campania – mentoring pastors

Other areas we have visited: Piemonte, Liguria, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Umbria, Marche, Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, and Sicily.

I guess the only ones we are lacking are: Valle d’Aosta, Friulli- Venezia Giulia, and Sardegna. Hmmm, I wonder if the Lord will ever open the door to those areas…

Our Towns

We live in and work out of two small towns. Our main town is near Abruzzo’s spectacular seacoast and the other is a small village in Campania’s enchanting isolated mountains. And to top it off, the Lord has blessed us with not only two, but three houses!!

But we also visit and minister in other areas. Especially the places where we pastored or have dwelling places. These places and people will always remain in our hearts.

Our main town in Abruzzo

Our main town nestles among rolling green hills, vineyards, and olive growns – in between the spectacular Adriatic coast and the towering snow-capped mountains of a national park. And we get views of both from our windows and garden! Sparsely populated, this region is known as Wild Abruzzo. It’s a great place to visit – rich in nature, tradition, great food, and warm, friendly people!

Our first house

We purchased and rennovated this, when we were in our 50s. The first house we ever owned! Situated in the historic town center, this tiny and old house (about 150-years old), has many odd quirks, a sunny veranda, and a nice little yard.

Our daughter’s house

Our daughter purchased this place after moving back to Italy with her family. They left it in our care upon returning to the USA because “you never know.” So we use this blessing as our guest home and an extra storage place.

Scenes of our area

Our summer town in Campania

Hubby’s even tinier birthplace hides away in the midst of a national park of almost haunting beauty and tiny villages, which are gradually dwindling away. The Gulf of Salerno forms the western border of this lonely isolated area of little work, few people, and even fewer amenities.

But it’s a beautiful, laid-back, place, and the ideal setting for immersing yourself in Italy’s slow living. We spend most summers and holidays here in the ancestral family home. And often we consider spending half the year there after retirement.

Scenes of our summer area

Thanks so much for stopping by! We wish you could come and visit in person! But in the meantime, you can learn more about life and missions in small-town Italy by reading these posts:

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