Expat GTG in Italy

Thanks to everyone who came!!!

Where

Easy to find, just off Piazza della Signorina. If no one is outside, go inside and ask for the party of Katie or Sara. Please call the restaurant if you’re lost as I don’t know the small streets of Florence well.

I’Lorenzaccio

http://www.ristorantelorenzaccio.com/eng/lorenzaccio_eng.htm

Piazza della Signoria, 32-33-34/r
50122 Firenze
Tel. 055 294553 – Fax 055 264353

Expats Who Attended

I updated the list of who was there – If I left out someone, or a website, let me know!

  1. Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy (probably +1) [Milan]
  2. Katie from Olio di Oliva e Sogni di Vino [Florence]
  3. Melinda from Living in Florence [Florence]
  4. Ilva from Lucullian Delights [Pistoia]
  5. Nyc/Caribbean ragazza from Sister Girl Tales [Rome]
  6. Erin from The Olive Notes and Chris from Come Essere Felice [Florence]
  7. Ben and Martha from Moving2Italy2 [Monte San Savino]
  8. Emily +1 from Confessions of a 20-something Caffeine Addict and Pilates in Florence [Florence]
  9. Tania and Keith (and Murphy!) from Eurobimbo’s Journey to Enlightenment [Cortona]
  10. Rachel +1 [Florence area]
  11. Martha and James from About.com [Lunigiana,Tuscany]
  12. Kelly from Fine Art by Kelly Borsheim [Florence]
  13. Michele “Cobalt” [Montalcino]
  14. Amanda +3 (+ dog) from A Tuscan view – from Umbria [Chiusi]
  15. Shannon +1 [Barberino di Mugello] (she’s offering a place to stay if you need it – see comment #35)
  16. Megan + 1 (+ Lucy the dog) from Bella Vita Italia [Liguria]
  17. Emma Downey from AngloInfo.com – Tuscany [Florence]
  18. Alyson +1 from Life in the City of Flowers [Florence]
  19. Nicki +2 from The Life I Chose [Positano]
  20. Matt from Traveling Matt [Florence]
  21. Michael, would-be Expat
  22. Charlene and Damien [Florence]
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  • 1
    Katie // Mar 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I am SOO in! See ya there Sara! I will send you my italian mobile when I get there. a presto!

  • 2
    nyc/caribbean ragazza // Mar 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I am planning on it. It depends what happens with my apartment that weekend. If there are no complications, I will be there!

  • 3
    linaluz // Mar 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Sounds great! I´ll do my best to make it in from Genova… either just for the day or to spend one night in Florence. Really looking forward to meeting a lot of you expat folks in person.

  • 4
    Ben and Martha // Mar 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Count us in. It will be our first GTG since moving to Italy last September. We been to 2 other GTGs when we were visiting Italy. The first one was in Cortona and the other was the Monster GTG in Chianti.

    We will be driving up from Monte San Savino to go to Ikea and an oriental market out by Ikea before the GTG. We will be driving a Fiat Multipla and will have room for 2 – 3 people. If anyone is interested in riding up with us, please leave a comment on my blog, Moving2Italy2.

    We look forward on seeing and meeting everyone.

    Ciao, Ben

  • 5
    judy // Mar 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    sorry to miss this!
    I will be in New Orleans at a conference and return on the 23rd!

  • 6
    Barbara and Art // Mar 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Sorry we won’t be able to be there! We’ll be flying back to the states that day for vacation! I hope someone posts pictures! Have fun!

  • 7
    Jessica, Italy Logue // Mar 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Am really bummed to be missing this… Of course, I’m not really an expat yet, either – just an expat wannabe! Looking forward to when I get to go as a full-fledged member of the tribe. :)

  • 8
    Susan in Italy // Mar 18, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Hey Sara, Thanks for the invitation; it sounds like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I work in Como on Saturdays. Maybe the next get-together could be a lake(como)side picnic?

  • 9
    Joanne // Mar 18, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Really interested in coming but I need to conference call with three generations of menfolk! My Dad is visiting in April, my husband will be travelling for business and my son has a soccer tournament – if I can get them organized to either come or survive without me I’ll be there!

  • 10
    Joanne // Mar 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

    oops, forgot to mention that I will confirm either way asap!

  • 11
    Emily (+2) // Mar 19, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Hi Sara….Melinda just let me know about the gtg, and we would love to attend!

    The +2 are my husband and our toddler, so it’s really more like 1 1/2. We live here in Firenze. Can’t wait!

  • 12
    Cherrye // Mar 19, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Michelle and I are so upset to miss this. Dang it! I say the next one should be in Bella Calabria. I bet a lot of you guys have never been down here!!!

  • 13
    Linda // Mar 19, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It’s a wonderful idea but I don’t think I’ll be able to make it. It would be too complicated to travel with the kiddos and I don’t want to spend a wknd without them as I’ll be abandoning them at the end of April when the hubby and I go to Paris. If you ever organize anything in Lombardy, count me in! Como would be great and maybe George will host us at the villa. Magari!!!

  • 14
    Shelley // Mar 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Count me in, most likely Ale + the frugolo as well. Looking forward to it.

  • 15
    Marci // Mar 20, 2008 at 5:11 am

    I’ll be “playing” expat for a short time, spending all of May and the first half of June living in Florence. Unfortunately, I won’t be there for this gathering, but would love to know about others during my time there. Ciao!

  • 16
    Marla // Mar 20, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I would like to come if I can work out all the logisitics and we don’t end up with any last minute bookings for then. It would be very nice to meet some of the voices on the blogs and put some faces with them.

  • 17
    Tania / Eurobimbo // Mar 20, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Would love to come and will drag out the hubby and possibly the ever friendly dog. I’ll bring up my meager supply of decent plastic wine glasses and some local wine … ’cause we all are bringing wine, right? I mean that is the “real” excuse for the get together ;-) Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone!!!

  • 18
    Lango // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:34 am

    We have baseball games that day in Milan, so unfortunately not possible for me… peccato!

    Hopefully the next one, though…

  • 19
    Kelly Borsheim // Mar 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Hi. Sono una artista e abito a Firenze. I am new to all of this, but a friend told me about Melinda Gallo’s blog, which I am trying to read all the way through. But I would love to meet more people a Firenze. Please keep me posted on where you decide to meet on the 19th. Grazie mille!

  • 20
    DonnaMarie Heagan // Mar 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Ciao,
    I live in Florence and I will be there!
    I found your site when I was looking for information about Lucca Mannori in Prato. I’m going there this evening or tomorrow for his “Torta Setteveli”. YUM!!!
    Thank God this is not the same weekend as Vinitaly which is April 3- 7. This will be my 3rd year attending this event.
    If anyone here is interested in going with me, we could meet at the main train station in Florence or Verona on April 5th, Saturday.
    Probably leave Florence about 8:30 or 9ish. If I remember right that puts us in Verona about 11ish.
    You can buy tickets online, go to http://www.vinitaly.it
    Thanks so much for letting me know about this event on April 19th. Look forward to meeting everyone!!!
    ciao, DonnaMarie

  • 21
    DonnaMarie Heagan // Mar 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Ciao,
    I live in Florence and I will be there!
    I found your site when I was looking for information about Lucca Mannori in Prato. I’m going there this evening or tomorrow for his “Torta Setteveli”. YUM!!!
    Thank God this is not the same weekend as Vinitaly which is April 3- 7. This will be my 3rd year attending this event.
    If anyone here is interested in going with me, we could meet at the main train station in Florence or Verona on April 5th, Saturday.
    Probably leave Florence about 8:30 or 9ish. If I remember right that puts us in Verona about 11ish.
    You can buy tickets online, go to www site of vinitaly.
    Thanks so much for letting me know about this event on April 19th. Look forward to meeting everyone!!!
    ciao, DonnaMarie

  • 22
    Rachel // Mar 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I live in the outskirts of Florence and would love to join! I just moved here in November from NYC with my husband (who’s originally from here)
    This meet-up couldn’t be at a better time – Can’t wait to meet all of you!

  • 23
    Monika Page // Mar 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Myself and my husband would love to come. We have moved to Florence just a month ago.
    Thanks!

  • 24
    Jennie (+1) // Mar 27, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    So excited to meet all of you!

  • 25
    Martha Bakerjian // Mar 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    James Martin (Europe Travel on about.com) and I would like to attend. We’re in the Lunigiana region of northern Tuscany.

    Martha Bakerjian
    Italy Travel on about.com

  • 26
    Cheryl Alexander // Mar 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Perfect timing for me as I’ll be dropping a client in Florence that morning……..Gives me an excuse to stick around for a couple of days before heading back to the US

    Ciao, tutti,
    Cheryl

  • 27
    Maggie // Mar 31, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I was so excited to learn that I will be in Firenze on the 19th! I am not living in Italy at the moment, but hope to in the near future. Looking forward to meeting everyone!!

  • 28
    Joanne // Apr 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Well, sadly I can’t make it. Too many schedules to juggle and it really is too complicated this time around. I hope you all have a fabulous time – I’ll be thinking of you!

  • 29
    erin // Apr 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    just a note that it will be me and chris (http://theproving.blogspot.com/) :)

  • 30
    Cobalt // Apr 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I will be there! I am Cobalt from Expats in Italy. Thanks for organizing!

  • 31
    Karen Armstrong // Apr 7, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Karen + 1 (Livorno)

  • 32
    A Tuscan view - from Umbria // Apr 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    This sounds like fun. I’m hoping Julian and I will be able to get there. Looking forward to meeting everyone and putting faces to blogs. Amanda

  • 33
    A Tuscan view - from Umbria // Apr 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Hi, it’s me again! There will be 2 of us coming and will be arriving from Chiusi. We will have to leave Florence by about 3pm so I hope that will give us enough time. Thanks Amanda

  • 34
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Apr 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    @erin – I’ve added Chris’ blog.

    Thanks everyone for the RSVPs…keep ‘em coming!

  • 35
    Shannon // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I’ll be there, plus 1. I live in Barberino di Mugello, near Firenze. If anyone’s coming from far and wants a place to stay, we can hold up to four (two couples or family of 3-4). Barberino is about 35 mins by car, 1 hour by bus from Firenze Stazione SM Novella. You could come home from the GTG with us or hang out in Florence after and take the bus to Barberino. If interested, email me at shan333 at gmail dot com.
    BTW– is this a Bring Your Own Cibo event, a potluck, or what?
    Looking forward to meeting all of you!

  • 36
    Megan // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Megan + 1 (husband) and possibly Lucy (dog) are coming. Looking forward to it!

  • 37
    Clinton Healey // Apr 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Will be myself, husband and 3 year old little whirling dirvish of a son

  • 38
    A Tuscan View from Umbria // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Opps! I just realised it’s on a Saturday, please add 2 small ones and possibly a dog to our party. The more the merrier, right?

  • 39
    Emma Bird // Apr 10, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Hi Sara

    I’m looking into plane/ferry but Mario and I will hopefully be there, too.

    Emma

  • 40
    Bethany // Apr 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    We’ll try to come up from Perugia! (Me + a husband and two tiny offspring.)

  • 41
    Ben and Martha // Apr 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I have a few questions:
    1. Is it possible to drive to the park?
    2. Is there any parking close by?
    3. Where will you all be located in the park?
    4. Would anyone like a ride up from the Arezzo area?

    Ciao, Ben

  • 42
    michael // Apr 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Was told about it by a friend who is coming. Not an expat yet, still in the planning stage. hope to get some good info.

    michael

  • 43
    Emma Downey // Apr 15, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I’d love to come along – is there a phone number I can call if I get lost?

    And any bad weather provisions?

    Emma DOWNEY

  • 44
    Sarah // Apr 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds good to me! Saturday’s not supposed to be so good but I’l sure it’ll be fun all the same. Thanks to 2Italy2 for the head’s up…!

  • 45
    Rachel // Apr 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I just heard about this from Melinda too, and would love to come with my husband. We’re living in Florence for the spring. Can you send me the info about the rain-day option? I’ll hope for sun, though!

  • 46
    Emily // Apr 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Forgot to include my blog last time! No big deal if you can’t add it, but most people know me from it. The title is “Confessions of a 20-something Caffeine Addict” and the URL is http://web.mac.com. I also host http://www.PilatesinFlorence.com.

  • 47
    Martha Bakerjian // Apr 18, 2008 at 10:29 am

    We want to drive toward Florence, then take the train from somewhere that we can park near a train station. We’ll be coming from direction of Lucca/Pisa. Any ideas?

    Thanks, see you tomorrow.
    Martha

  • 48
    B WInters // Aug 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Happy to have found your site. My wife and I have just moved to Florence from Cortona. We would like to know when your next GTG will be and how best to meet other Expats.

    Thanks

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