It is probably fair to say that majority of expats come to live in Italy for work or romantic reasons. Robert Nordvall is quite a different case. Nordvall, known locally as Bob, was born in the Chicago area. The family of his mother, Carmella Craglione, was originally from Luccare, now known as Basilicata. Nordvall graduated from De Pauw University in 1962 with a degree in philosophy and religion. He then went on to study at Harvard Law School. After working as an attorney, he held various positions at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, including dean of first-year students and associate provost. Upon his retirement, in 2002, he decided to go in search of adventure and retire to Italy.