A Solo Trip to Italy Turned Life-Altering Love Story: Kacie Rose’s Journey
Stumbling Upon Love on a Solo Trip
In 2018, New Yorker Kacie Rose embarked on a spontaneous solo trip to Italy, something she had always dreamed of doing, but initially intended to do with a partner. However, it was the wanderlust within her that propelled her to undertake the adventure alone. Her trip, which was meant to be a journey of self-discovery, turned into a life-altering love story when she met Dario Nencetti on her first night in Florence. This chance encounter significantly changed her life trajectory.
Rose’s story mirrors the narrative of the popular film “Eat, Pray, Love,” starring Julia Roberts. She walked into a bar in Florence and was immediately drawn to Nencetti. They spent every minute together until she had to continue her journey to Rome. Despite the distance, they maintained a long-distance relationship, with Nencetti even moving to New York for a year to work as a chef.
Moving to Italy Amid a Pandemic
In 2020, when Nencetti’s visa expired, the couple faced a difficult decision: to endure a long-distance relationship again or move to Italy. Amid the pandemic, Rose decided to leave her life in the U.S and move to Italy. Her transition was eased by the expiration of her New York apartment lease and her ability to secure a job teaching online at a language school.
She took to TikTok, where she began posting videos, one of which narrated her life-changing love story. This video went viral, garnering 62 million likes and catapulting Rose into the limelight.
Embracing Life in Italy
Despite the initial challenges posed by the pandemic restrictions in Italy, Rose was warmly received by Nencetti’s family. Nencetti now owns a restaurant in Florence, where they first met, and Rose has started a travel company that organizes city tours around Italy. She recently published her own travel guide with tips about Italy, further cementing her love for the country.
The couple is currently settled in Florence but is open to traveling further in the future. Reflecting on their fateful meeting, Rose believes that many factors had to align for them to meet, but they did. She underscores the unpredictability of life, the beauty of chance encounters, and the importance of trusting in the good things that await.
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