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ALOR Italy showcases Art & Photography of Italy alongside stories of moving to, renovating a home in Italy, living in & exploring Italy.

Welcome to ALOR! We made ALOR for you. Our family, friends, fellow expats, and Italophiles around the world who share the dream of visiting, moving to, living in, or retiring early in Italy.

ALOR stands for Art of Living on the Road. ALOR.blog originally launched in 2013 as a way for Brandy Shearer (that’s me!) to stay in touch with family and friends after hitting the road as a digital nomad with Paolo Ferraris. Paolo is the photographer behind ALOR’s and my very handsome husband! Since then, ALOR has evolved to focus on Italy because now we…

Live in the Italian Alps!

There are still days when I can’t believe it’s true. In 2016 Paolo and I set our sights on retiring early and moving to Italy. By 2019 we attained financial freedom, and in April of 2020, we moved to Italy! Today ALOR Italy provides a photo-centric way to explore Italy’s top travel destinations including Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Puglia, Rome, Sardinia, Umbria, Italian Lakes, Piedmont, and more. It also gives me a place to share my passions in life including Italian food specifically Italian cheese! Italian wine of course. Hiking the Italian Alps and of course, Traveling. These days we are taking a lot of Italy Trips and for you, that means getting to see what it’s like to explore Italy like a local. I’d love it if you join me by subscribing below.

ALOR Italy blog series include Italy Pic of the DayItalian Home RenovationLiving in Italy, and Italy Trips.

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Photographer Paolo Ferraris

ALOR Italy Photographer Paolo Ferraris in Sardinia, Italy
ALOR Italy Photographer Paolo Ferraris in Sardinia, Italy

Paolo Ferraris was born and raised in Italy. After earning a degree in Business and Economics, Paolo studied cinematography in Rome. He later moved to New York City and opened a successful photography studio. A traveler with wanderlust in his soul, Paolo is perpetually in search of his next adventure. He met his match in an American Executive Producer, Brandy Shearer.

Author Brandy Shearer

ALOR Italy Author Brandy Shearer in Sardinia, Italy
ALOR Italy Author Brandy Shearer in Sardinia Italy

Brandy Shearer was born in Iowa, raised in Ohio, and moved to Toronto, Canada before moving settling down for a decade in New York City. After falling in love and marrying a handsome Italian Photographer (you guessed it, Paolo Ferraris) she joined him on his journey towards the ultimate three freedoms. Financial freedom, creative freedom, and freedom of time… in Italy!

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