via fontanelle | an expat in italy

While I’m out today, I’m excited to have Amy from Via Fontanelle takeover my blog! Amy is a native Virginian who is now living in Italy with her husband, four children, two cats and dog {I love that they brought their pets with them}. Be sure to stop by her blog and read about her adventures as an expat!


Ciao!  And welcome to Via Fontanelle, my blog about the crazy ups and downs of our Army life here in Italy!  My name is Amy and as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I am a military spouse living overseas while my husband is stationed OCONUS (outside the continental United States).

Steve, my husband, and I have been living this sometimes amazing but always hectic Army life for almost twenty years now and I guess we’re sticking with it. We were married in 1994 and it’s been a crazy game of numbers every since.  Here’s a run down:

We have 4 kids: Tory is 15, Trey is 13, Jackson is 6, and we rounded out our family of 6 with Delilah who is 3. We’ve lived at 8 different duty stations, endured 5 deployments, and made countless awesome friends along the way. On our latest adventure, we arrived in Italy on December 1st, 2011 with our 6 family members, 14 pieces of luggage, 2 car seats, 2 cats, 1 huge Newfoundland, 11 carry on bags, and a baby stroller .  I am embarrassed to say, we pulled up to the Atlanta airport with a U-Haul and two cars loaded to the brim.

We’ve been to 7 countries in our year and half here and are ready for more! It currently costs $251. 42 to fill up my giant American Suburban and recently, the Big Girl hit 100,000 miles.

(Have no fear, the engine light is on because I need a new gas cap, Daddy)

So please come join in our adventures HERE to see where we are headed next! We can jump on over to Venice for lunch and be home to meet the school bus! Arrivederci!

You can find Amy here:


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  • Molly @ The Move to America

    Lovely guest post – looking forward to checking out Amy’s blog and adventures!

  • Amy @ The Tide That Left

    Lovely to read more about Amy. I’ve never travelled with so much luggage, but I’m sure when the kids come along for us we’ll need more than the two suitcases apiece we’ve been skilled at packing!