John & Nancy Petralia
Nancy Petralia grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and will forever be a Steelers fan. Always moving eastward, she lived in Harrisburg then Philadelphia where she met husband John. Born on Broad Street not far from where the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers ply their trades, a graduate of three local schools (Bishop Neumann High, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and Temple University), it's hard to imagine anyone being more Philadelphian than John.
He taught her about good olives, opera, tennis and Italian cooking. She taught him about Irish stew and having a dog. Together they started a book club that's met every month for nearly 20 years.
They retired to the Jersey shore where Nancy improved her backhand and discovered a talent for ceramic sculpture. John started a science program at a nearby community center. They took Italian lessons. And they dreamed...of living in Italy. When they decided to make that dream a reality it was the start of the best year of their lives--and a story they wanted to share.
Nancy and John recently relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, a city they hope to love as much as Parma, Italy.
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Not in a Tuscan Villa
by John & Nancy Petralia
Newly retired, looking for more than a vacation, the authors head to the “perfect” Italian city for a year. Within days their dream becomes a nightmare. After residing in two Italian cities, negotiating roads & health care, discovering art, friends, food & customs, the Petralias learn more than they anticipated--about Italy, themselves, what it means to be American, & what’s important in life.
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