Ilene and Gary Modica
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About Ilene and Gary Modica
Ilene and Gary are award-winning bloggers and authors of their first book, “Our Italian Journey,” which they wrote while living in Italy for one year in 2019. They have a successful following on their website and social media accounts and were encouraged to share their memoir and personal adventure during this year.
Writing as they traveled through various towns they stayed and explored, they share their trials and tribulations, as well as the laughter in this lighthearted book. They describe artful depictions of Italy’s seducing charm, their experiences in daily life, Italy’s cultural differences, and the well-known Italian zest for living. Live vicariously through them in their spiritual experiences throughout this beautiful country they can now call home.
It took them three years to become Italian citizens through the Jurs Sanguinis and Jurs Matrimonii application through the Los Angeles, California Consulate. They would describe this process as a rollercoaster ride and currently help others with their applications, questions, and travel advice. Obtaining Italian citizenship became personal for Gary in wanting to bring his name back home to Italy.
Currently, they are semi-retired and living in Lucca, Italy. They have declared themselves “Italian snowbirds,” and plan to fly home to Arizona for the winter while enjoying their new Italian citizenship for the rest of the year. They are also in process of writing their second book which will answer several questions about where their journey left off.
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Ilene and Gary Modica sold almost everything they owned to spend a year in the land of Gary’s Italian grandparents, to walk where they walked, eat what they ate, and live in the shadow of history.
Few places evoke the stirring passions and romance of Italy, where the simple act of sharing a glass of wine, a perfect pizza, and good conversation is an art form. Be prepared to immerse yourself in this beautiful country and live vicariously through the couple's authentic encounters.
You’ll also discover:
- How their dream and desire for a genuine experience with a true Italian family came unexpectedly true
- How, through this journey, they eat and drink their year through Italy visiting eight regions and forty-six cities, including Sicilia and their new Italian birthplace.
Our Italian Journey is a travel memoir of an adventure that has forever changed the lives of this Arizona couple. Through experiences and humor, they invite you along their spellbinding journey, exploring quaint villages steeped in tradition and local culture. Come take a glimpse of Italy through the eyes of these new Italian citizens and experience firsthand the Italian zest for living “La Dolce Vita,” in this compelling read.
Our desire to return to Italy - even during COVID conditions was strong. We wanted to help our "other home" heal by helping the small businesses. We wanted to meet the people who have suffered so much this past year in isolation.
We set our sights on making it happen - and it did.
Our story is written in the same style as our book, Our Italian Journey - alternating chapters and adding a little sense of humor. From how to arranged to return to Italy while in Arizona - to arriving in Lucca in Tuscany, and working through the restrictions of the Italian Ministry of Health.
This is our short story of returning to Italy during a pandemic.