Sally Carrocino started traveling later in life, but she made up for it. She traveled extensively in Europe and even married in Italy. When her husband passed away, she was devastated but it did not stop her from pursuing her retirement dreams. California’s high cost of living motivated her to look at other states, but none seemed to meet most of her needs. Then she had an epiphany. While she couldn’t figure out where to move in the U.S., she knew precisely the neighborhood in Florence, Italy. Shortly thereafter Sally rid most of her material possessions, and moved with her dog Zoe to Florence and she has not looked back. Find out more about Sally’s life in Florence on Episode 81 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Check out Sally’s life in Florence from a SeniorPlanet.org article titled Aging Out of Place in Florence, Italy.
Sally blogs at espresso to prosecco.
Along with Sting, Francis Ford Coppola and others, Sally Carrocino appeared in a PBS special about living in Italy titled Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive. To find out more about the show, click here.
Sally Carrocino was born in Wisconsin and grew up in California. She spent 35+ years as a wholesale sales representative selling home accessories to stores throughout Southern California. In an article in seniorplanet.org, Sally shared with the interviewer:
“My passion for the job was gone after John died. We were both reps. I loved it, but knew I needed a change. I have no children or family ties and needed to get out of my comfort zone and have new experiences — I didn’t care if they were good, bad or uncomfortable. I just wanted new challenges and new adventures.”
So in 2016, Sally and her terrier dog Zoe retired to Florence. Her interests include reading, walking, traveling throughout Italy and being a member of an international charity league in Florence.
Sadly, Sally Carrocino passed away in August of 2022.