About Our Family

Our family moved to Rome, Italy in March, 2007 due to my Dad’s job. We are now returning as a (slightly larger) family. We all love soccer and coffee. We also enjoy art and seeing churches in Italy. One of our family mottoes is “anything worth doing is worth over-doing” Now – on to the introductions! 219206_10151239126065730_453906229_o  Dad (Jim) is currently retired from IBM, after 28 years. He works half time as a consultant at Market Source and is also continuing to develope his consulting and speaking business.

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Some of his favorite things are espresso (we have a machine), Sagrantino (a wine) and Vittorio Grigolo, an Italian Tenor. But his favorite thing ever is spending time with Mom in Italy.

IMG_2556 Mom (Kathy) is a mother and Project Manager to the five kids. She has finished homeschooling three of us and is about to finish with a fourth. She somehow manages the lot of us impeccably. She has taught us everything from Algebra to how to cook and is always good for a laugh.

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She enjoys Italian leather goods, coffee, and playing with Pippo.

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IMG_0354Anthony is our oldest. He graduated college with a degree in Business and has a job working at Kuehne + Nagel, a logistics company. He is a big fan of the Roma soccer team and loves gelato.

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Lesly is one of our later additions. She and Anthony got married in 2013. She graduated college with a degree in history and currently works as an editor.

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Pippo (Filippo) is Anthony and Lesly’s son, born in March, 2014. He likes eating and sleeping and his uncles and aunts. He’s a slacker and doesn’t work at all! 😉

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Alex is next in line. He graduated college in December, 2012 with a degree in Biology. He works as a Bio-Tech/Pharmaceutical Recruiter.He is a follower of the Juventus soccer team. He is dad’s personal sommelier and enjoys testing and learning about wines. He is big into cars and was with Andrew when they did a little car spotting in London

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Andrew is currently in college and is set to graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys playing soccer and helps coach Gus’s team. He also loves cars and motorcycles and while in London he and Alex car spotted and took over 6,000 photos!

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Philly (your writer) is currently about to start her senior year in highschool. She enjoys cooking for the boys, shopping and doing random crafty things. She adores Pippo and steals him as often as possible.

IMG_2725Augustin (Gus) is the youngest of the gang. He is in ninth grade. He loves coin collecting and has had (yikes!) chickens. He is a gelato monster and loves cinghiale sausages. His favorite pasta dish is amatriciana. He is also an A. S. Roma fan and can get a little bit crazy on game day.

Thank you for stopping by! We look forward to chronicling our travels and sharing a little bit of “our” Italy and lifestyle with you.

All the best,

Philly De Piante

  • Joe

    That is a nice picture of Jim in his suit. (Pat, I’ll take “Successful Entrepreneurs” for a thousand dollars.)

  • Mike Lasley

    Thanks for setting this up and sharing your adventure Philomena. I will monitor it with great interest (and envy ;-). You are a wonderful family, and we will miss you greatly over the coming weeks at St. Anthony’s.

    God Bless,
    Mike Lasley

    • Philly

      Haha! Thank you so much for reading and your kind words. I will do my best to keep this thing updated regularly.

  • Filumena

    Count down to flight time . . . Are you there yet? How many hours does it take?
    As the U.S. recedes in the distance . . . Arrivederci!

  • Paul Canham

    Best wishes to all of the De Piantes for an amazing trip to Italia on behalf of Jim’s many good friends @ IBM!

    • Philly

      Mr. Canham, Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment.

  • mary

    well i had to comment philly you did a good job good luck with the site and its so adorably cute

    • Philly

      Thanks, Mary. We hope to see you there!