Well, he finally died then, one day after is 87th birthday, in his prison cell where he lived since his capture in 1993. Sentenced for life 26 times he wasn’t ever going to be free again. Salvatore Riina, better known as Totò Riina or il capo dei capi, the boss of the bosses. Riina was […]
An Italian driver turns right „Con calma, slowly, slowly, there it comes, the turn.” The car, a Fiat Panda of course, model cake tin, 4×4 (!), is almost at a standstill on the thoroughfare. La freccia, the direction indicator, isn’t blinking so it is not clear that the driver is about to turn right. The […]
About 50 km south of Milan the Oltrepò Pavese stretches out her vineyards, woods and meadows. A landscape reminiscent of Tuscany , with smooth hills, medieval castles, ancient villages and panoramic views. Though it is the largest wine producing region of Lombardy and one of the largest of Italy, the name Oltrepò Pavese hardly rings […]
Triiiinnnng. The mobile phone right next to me went off. Oh no, I thought, Nico’s mobile phone, right in the middle of the performance of Wagner’s Die Walkure opera! And in one of the rare quiet moment of course and not during the Walkurenritt. Nico struggled to silence his phone with angry looking Milanese music […]
About the author
Living la Dolce Vita
In 2008 Dutchman Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up a B&B. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. In 2009 their bed and breakfast Villa I Due Padroni opened her doors and has since welcomed hundreds of satisfied Italy lovers.
In 2014 Stef published his first book, in Dutch, about the trials and tribulations of an emigration and about expat life in Italy. It was very well received and was followed by two sequels, in 2016 and 2017. Last year the English translation of the first book was published as "Living in Italy: the Real Deal - Hilarious Expat Adventures". This version was met with acclaim as well and has won several rewards and received very good reviews on Amazon as well as Goodreads.
"Stef Smulders ... does what a good writer does: He writes what he observes and leaves the judgement to you, the reader. No constant bellyaching from Mr. Smulders. I like that. I really like that."
James Martin, Italy expert, www.wanderingitaly.com
"impressive five star read"
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