Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 10, 2018

Time to go home

Our time in Italy has come to an end…for now. I really like winter in Brisbane and I am ready to resume my Australian life.

I will miss my beautiful garden at Casa Debbio. My flowers are gorgeous this year.

Casa Debbio


Casa Debbio

I will miss my lovely Ponte a Serraglio and my morning coffee and sfoglia at Bar Italia.

Casa Debbio


Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

There have been some excellent developments in Ponte a Serraglio recently. Bar Italia has been renovated and it is great. The bar is busy all day and the piazza has come alive again.

A young couple has opened a fabulous fruit and vegetable shop beside the bar and it is also busy all the time. I love being able to walk across the bridge and buy just about everything I need.

The Corona hotel has been renovated and will be open soon as the Hotel Nazionale. Best of all they have opened a new restaurant where we have eaten some of the best food in the area.

It is great to see some growth in our little part of Italy. See more on

My iPad has been playing games. Once I get it sorted I will go through the photos of our trips in Europe this visit and there will be more posts soon.


  1. Lovely photos of CD Deb – looking forward to being there in September with Nick

    • I’m sure you will enjoy the new additions.

  2. Have a good trip back home!

    • Thank you! It was lovely to see you this year.

  3. It was great to enjoy the new additions. The new restaurant is a real bonus for Ponte a Serraglio as is the new fruit shop and Bar Italia. Safe journey Debra.

    • Yes, Ponte is looking good.

  4. Your peonies are so very beautiful.

    • They are gorgeous. I could look at them all day.

  5. Your peonies are fabulous! I guess they’ll be finished by the time you get back? Have a safe trip and enjoy the Brisbane winter.

    • The peonies are just about finished now. I hope there will be some figs left on the trees when I return.

  6. Safe home Debra.As always beautiful photographs .

    • Thank you. It is a long trip, but we are stopping along the way.

  7. Im not enjoying my first winter, south of lat 15 , for the first time in 12 yrs ! I Might have to go back to Ponte for Bar Italia happy hour or 2😀

    • The bar is waiting for you.

  8. Debra, How long will you be back in Australia?. I will endeavour to get up to Brisbane to meet you, but as you have said before sometimes you do get down to Bangalow I hope so. Safe journey home. Regards Kevin

    • I will be home in just over a week and will be in Brisbane until at least mid September. I will make a point of visiting Bangalow to see you.

  9. So looking forward to seeing you soon! Jx

    • Coffee at Marchetti.

  10. But, it’s beautiful in Lucca right now. Sorry you must leave. We arrive next week with our nearly 15 year old granddaughter for in giro di Italia for a month.

    • I have to go home! I prefer Italy in winter, spring and autumn. I find it too hot and crowded in the summer. Our winter in Brisbane is great.

  11. Deb I feel your sadness in leaving Italy but also know you will be holding close to heart all the wonderful memories of this years adventures and anticipating new adventures for the next visit People keep asking “where did you get your lovely new top ?” Love wearing it!!!

    • I am happy you like your top! I know I am coming back to Italy in 3 months, so that makes it a bit easier to leave.

  12. Safe travels.

  13. Have a good trip home Deb. We are very excited to be returning to Italy and visiting you in October. Looking forward to seeing the changes and saying hello to old friends.

    • Lots of people are looking forward to your return.

  14. I wish you safe, easy travels Deb.

    • Thank you! We are now in Copenhagen for a short visit on our way home.

  15. Thank you so much for your lovely informative posts.
    I have enjoyed them very much
    Take care

    • Thank you for your kind comments. I look forward too my return to lovely Italy.

  16. It would be hard to say goodbye to this! 😀 Have a safe flight back to Australia!

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