A word from Susan, the owner of Podere Vigliano
I came here after the end of my long marriage where nobody knew “my story”. I felt renewed and my spirit free and realized I could do and be anything in this new home. Soon after, my former husband passed away, and responsibilities to my children came first.
While I used to put my bountiful energy into Ironman triathlons (3rd place in the Hawaiian Ironman being my biggest physical accomplishment), now my energy goes into cultivating my land, beautifying the farmhouse and naturally learning this passionate language.
I have gained tremendous insight from my Italian neighbors who work the land. Working side by side while cultivating the vegetable garden, tending the vineyard and olive orchard, and collecting the harvest; I find, curiously, that my newfound connection to the land expands along with my heart.
After 12 years passed I met and fell for Greg near my home in Northern California. On one of my several trips to the farmhouse he flew across the continents to get down on one knee and propose marriage. I accepted! It was perfect that his declaration of love was on that very terrace where my dreams soared and my heart opened.
Now I have a partner to share in this beautiful life here and in California. Between the two of us we have four lovely young adult children, my two, Steve and Katie; and Greg’s two, Kendall and Courtney.
I steal away to Italy as often and long as possible. I lead customized tours and enjoy exploring the countryside while sharing my discoveries with others. I am an avid cyclist, swimmer and outdoor enthusiast who believes anything you do outside is always best. Hence, life in the Italian countryside suits me perfectly.