Having moved to Umbria in 1988 Neil Moore and Carol Searle restored an ancient tower from which they created and raised a family of three children and in the meantime developed the tour company both as a way of inserting themselves into the local communities and introducing their new lifestyle through their Australian connections
Living Italy has grown out of a total immersion in the life and culture of Italy, and the collaborators are also the people they live and work amongst
Neil MooreOrator, Historian and Business Owner, Neil is essentially an artist and his early life included teaching fine arts at Sydney University and illustrating for Fairax publications. Neil's love of all things Italian, in particular art and history, becomes apparent as he takes you around the nearby hill-towns which encircle his home in Umbria.
Carol SearleTour & Events Co-ordinator, Business Owner.
Carol Searle has been dedicated to managing Living Italy since 1999. She studied music at Sydney Conservatorium and also ran her own English school in Italy. She has lived in Umbria since 1988, living the dolce vita and renovating a 13th century castle tower in a small village on top of one of Umbria's olive grove lined hills.
Giuseppe FabriziCamiano Piccolo Accommodation Owner & Chef.
The very gracious owner of the lovely accommodation and chef straordinario has been the mainstay of Living Italy since 1988. Much of the success of Living Italy has been due to Giuseppe's generous nature, and his beautiful property just outside the walls of Montefalco.
Luciana CerbiniLuciana is a lawyer with an exquisite weekend home in the countryside in the hills above Bevagna, which she opens to us for cooking sessions and elegant lunches. An experience truly not to be missed.
The accommodations they choose reflect their context in place, ambience and design, and represent rather than conquer the region. The itineraries reflect their close connection to the area, its history, culinary traditions and its art, with the local people always central to the experience. They embrace local culture, enthusiastically explore all aspects of authentic cultural heritage, and work directly with the local community and support local guides, shopkeepers, restaurateurs, providores, artists, musicians and artisans. The people you will meet on the programs are all part of an extended team who have a passion for their specific skills and produce and enjoy the opportunity to involve you.
'A little local knowledge goes a long way, of course, and I have been gifted with an instant network thanks to Living Italy, run by Australians Carol Searle and Neil Moore, who divide their time between Australia and Umbria. Living Italy offers weeklong itineraries exploring different aspects of Umbria. Over the 25 years they have spent in Umbria, Carol and Neil have created an extended family for themselves, a family which happily embraces their guests. Apart from Giuseppe and his wife Simona, who own the farmhouse where we are staying, there's Cristina, who can give you a recipe for virtually any local dish you have tried; Claudia, who takes us walking along the route of an old aqueduct; and Piero, Giuseppe's surprisingly spry father, who becomes emotional when talking about the area's memorable frescoes.
Extract from The gods of Small Things: Ute Junker Sun Herald Traveller 11/15
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Our collaborations have included:
Continuing Education at The University of Sydney
The NSW Art Gallery Member's Society,
Members Society of Victoria's National Gallery
The National Trust of Australia
University of the Third Age
The Song Company
The Sydney Morning Herald