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Italy Days 1-6

Posted on: July 17th, 2011 by lisabell 13 Comments

The adventure begins! We arrived on Tuesday this week in Verona. Lisa & Marco picked up up and we went to their Casa for an amazing lunch and of course lots of vino. No napping! We then went to Sylvia & Matteo’s restaurant QB in Brescia and received dish after dish of incredible “apperativo” dishes and of course, lots of vino!

Bob Story (my guitar player) and his wife Kelly were arriving much later and had quite the travel story, but I will let them tell that one as they want!

The next day we spent  making   gnocchi and enjoying the company of our hosts in their casa!

That evening we went to the beautiful town of Sirmione and enjoyed the sites and more food & drink!!

Wednesday we had an 8 hour rehearsal (!) at a studio near Pozzolengo in a beautiful house/studio in the country. That is the dream! To own a studio and agriturimo here in Italy where we can host touring musicians, allow them to record in the studio and have beautiful music 24/7!

We had a 50th Birthday party that evening for Marco, my husband Steve and Bob & Kelly’s host Laura, at a beautiful agritusimo in the country just 5 minutes from the studio. Lots of amazing food, drink, fun and music!

Friday Steve and I and Bob & Kelly went early to Parma to find some authentico parmesiano reggiano and to eat Parma proscuitto (along with authntico parmigiano and Lambrusco of course!) in Parma before heading to the private party we were performing at nearby.

The party was in the country near Parma in an amazing setting!


We had them dancing all night long! Then it was back home-at 4 a.m.!

After a few hours of sleep and of course more delicious food prepared by Marco, it was off to Gargnano to the amazing 5 star resort Lefay. A perfect evening under the stars, with a view of the lake, beautiful mountains and glorious surroundings. Lots of tourists from around the world enjoyed our music all night.

Things I’ve learned so far:

1) Musicians are revered here in Italy far more than in the states. We have been treated with respect, fed well, our music enjoyed and CDs purchased, and the pay scale is nearly double that in the states!
2) European tourists love American music-originals and covers-as English is the common language for everyone. They just eat up everything, dance to the music and welcome us with open arms!
3) I have eaten more in the past five days than I have in a month at home! I have to slow down or my performance clothes will never fit by the end!
4) I’m in love with Italy and certainly my Italian hosts and friends. The long-term dream is to spend a great deal more time here!

Today we went to a BBQ party in our honor and then a free night with no performances! Though of course we all made music together anyway! Even my husband Steve sang!

Three more gigs this week! More photos can be found on my Facebook page and more blog to come…

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13 Responses

  1. Bates Reed says:

    Wow, what a wonderful experience you’ve been having. A Blast, Fun, Some of the Best Food in the World, and Lisa Bell. I wish I was in Italy.

  2. Laurie Gabriel says:

    Yay for you, Lisa!!!
    Cinque Terre and Venice are my 2 most favorite places on earth. I wanna be your groupie!

  3. Brad Weisman says:

    Wow! Enjoying life . . . being in the now . . . what a crazy concept! Keep up the good work!

  4. Rosey says:

    I am having a great time following your adventures.
    So glad you have the opportunity to gig it up with Lisa & Hippie Tendencies!

    It makes me smile!


  5. Lisa Simmons says:

    So happy to have you all here, could not be more fun!! It’s flying by waaaaay to fast!

  6. Marian Rothschild says:


  7. Denise says:

    Wow, what a wonderful experience for you and Steve. I’m so happy that you are enjoying yourselves so much.You’ve worked so hard for years and you totally and completely deserve all the goodness and love you receive.

  8. So glad you got to make the journey!!! Please give everyone my regards and do enjoy everything to it’s fullest!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jilliandra says:

    Beautiful Lady! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! I am so very happy for you and am loving my vicarious Italian vacation. Thanks! xoxoxo

  10. OMG! You are livin the dream baby sister. 😉 I cannot be happier for you. Traveling like you guys do…well I look forward to more blogs and pics. So as to live the trip vicariously thu you. 😉

    PS Jill and Liz and I are having dinner at an Italian restaurant in honor of your trip. Oxoxoxox

  11. Natalie Nelson says:

    What a wonderful adventure! Enjoy every moment!!!

  12. Kevin says:

    This looks like soooooo much fun!

  13. Tommi Wolfe says:

    It looks absolutely amazing. Have a blast!

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