Bio: Orna is a former interior designer from Ireland, who also worked for many years in South Africa and Mozambique. Now living in Puglia in the south of Italy, Orna is writing full time and her award winning blog covers all things Italian. Her first book, on home renovation, was written specifically with women in mind and is available on Amazon.com and on Lulu.com. It is called 'Renovate & Redecorate without Breaking a Nail.' Orna regularly writes for popular Italy Magazine and for glossy Irish magazine Anthology. Also on Twitter as @OrnaOR and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/orna.oreilly you can keep up with her adventures throughout Italy and beyond.

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  1. Hi,

    I just found your blog and want to invite you to provide a guest post for our site, Retirement And Good Living, about traveling in Italy. You don’t have be retired to guest post on our blog.

    We launched our retirement site at http://retirementandgoodliving.com which provides information on a variety of topics including life, health, travel, volunteering, finances, retirement locations, hobbies, part time work and much more to boomers, recent retirees and others thinking about or planning for retirement.

    Currently the blog section of our site is comprised entirely of posts by guests on a variety of topics. To date over 175 guests from around the globe provided posts for our blog.

    Please send me an email if you are interested and I will forward additional information.


    Simone Harrison
    Retirement And Good Living

  2. I wants to go to New Zealand before I die. Your story gives me hope to can do it . I am Italian and I want completely change my life . If I could …..

  3. Dear Orna if you know other girls that want to come to live in Italy we are so tired of Italian women that you could find thousands of Italian men who would like to build a new life with a nice Irish girl over 40 . For me a Ginger girl with freckles and Green or blue eyes.

  4. Fascinated by your blog, travels and so on I am Italian and currently living in South Africa, my dream is to go back to living in Italy , but just a dream… so i follow avidly and little tiny bit of envy anyone that has managed to go and live in Italy after all..

  5. I live in San Diego, California. I love it here, the weather is generally great and it’s very beautiful here, but I am ready for a change. It would seem I am not alone, with the comments above! Reading this blog helps me understand just a little, how difficult it can be to make the big change. Definitely renting first. I am glad to be able to read about expats in a relatively unknown area, at least to most American travelers. I am just now discovering the beauty, peacefulness and historic nature, of this area through blogs, Facebook and youtube.

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