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For the Love of Italy

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Chapter I

 It was a short romance with a man from England that started my love affair with Italy.

We had looked at a holiday together and Italy was on both of our wish lists. The Amalfi coast was on the list, but Rome won, somehow it had more appeal and all of the things I love to do on a holiday in one place.

It was absolutely the right choice. It was early June 2013, my father was seriously ill in hospital and I was a little fraught to be leaving him so poorly, he encouraged me to go and with his blessing I reluctantly left for our week away.

It was seven days of immersion into a city that had a charm and love about it that was so unique. Seven days was really not enough. It was a city that combined history, fine buildings and passages of time that collided with the modern world of fast paced commerce and visitors, all successfully moulded together to create the current capital. It was quite a trip, enjoying all of my most favourite things, the art, the history the food. With my father so ill at home, a trip to the Vatican was a must, I was so pleased we did. A guide was booked and she showed us around the Vatican city with competence and knowledge. She firstly stood at the Basilica and noted the disciples who occupy the skyline, she mentioned St. Peter and his keys to heaven which I have to say made an impression, since I knew I would be needing the keys for my Dad very soon.

Even in June the weather was feeling hot, it had been a shock even for the Romans as the heat had come after a wet and cold May, we made the decision early on in the holiday to take a train trip out to the countryside, an article in our hotel magazine mentioned the Lake Bracciano being nearby and a good place to visit. It did not disappoint and with a a swimming costume and towel we made our way by train to the village.

Perhaps a small property might be possible? A tiny shed that I could escape to and call home.

A castle dominates the small town and below lies the beautiful lake of Bracciano, a previous volcanic crater which offers a natural reservoir of fresh water feeding into the capitol. Fresh cold water and small beaches are available along the roadside together with some waterside restaurants to choose for our lunch. It was on arrival to this beautiful lake that the very small seed of opportunity began to grow in my mind. Perhaps a small property might be possible? A tiny shed that I could escape to and call home. My children are grown up and one day they will need somewhere for their family holidays, it could be an investment for their future as well as mine.

Despite all the beautiful places we visited, what actually attracted me the most to this country is the Italians. No matter where we went and what we did, I found the people of Italy warm and kind. They wanted me to be happy, they wanted me to enjoy my meal or whatever service they had to offer. The kindness that they showed me had made quite an impression. In that short week, I could also see that Italian people are decisive, in a restaurant they liked to know what you wanted, no allowances for changing your mind. I notice this decisive nature is quite usual in the people here, you either do or you don’t, there is no grey of indecision in the middle.

For those of you that are wondering, the boyfriend did not feel the same, to put it bluntly, he was worse than a fish out of water. There was whole series of events that lead to his demise as my boyfriend. At the start of the holiday he nearly lost his bag to opportunist thieves, as he wandered off to take a photo of an English couple outside the Vatican. He left his home keys at the hotel and had to get them brought to us, he couldn’t decide what he wanted to eat when we went to a restaurant. The final straw was when he lost his wallet on the bus just as we were on the way towards the airport on a Friday afternoon in Rome at rush hour. His experience might have been bad, but actually what saved the day for me was not him, it was a very kind Italian man who was at the front of a very large queue of Italians waiting for a taxi in the heat of the rush hour on a Friday afternoon. By this time we had only minutes to spare to get to the airport. I took the courage to ask the Italian man at the front, if he would let us take the next taxi. Thankfully, without any hesitation, the man agreed and with all the natural indignation of the crowd, he put up his arm and explained to all of the queuing Italians that we had only minutes to spare due to the man I was with losing his wallet. On knowing this the whole queue of Italians encouraged me to jump in the cab and leave.

I left Italy to return home to start thinking how I might like to buy the shed and what should I do to make that happen.

On my return my father was out of hospital and I was lucky enough to share with him my photos and thoughts about whether I might one day be able to buy a little place. He loved the idea of my finding somewhere. Sadly he passed away the August. At least he had the key that I had found for him at the Basilica. I miss him still.

With sadness in my heart I returned to Rome and lake Bracciano that October, this time alone. I had a mission; to think out how I could make my plan to buy a shed actually happen.

Read chapter II

Author: Zoe Adams

Bio: With her children grown up and a successful career behind her, Zoë Adams bought her small property in Colledimezzo, Abruzzo Italy. This brought about significant changes in Zoe’s future. She has now reconfigured her lifestyle, spending 3 to 4 months of the year in Italy where she pursues her love of art. The other months are still in the UK working on temporary assignments to help pay the bills.