Ciao Tutti !!!

 My husband, “il mio tesoro”, and I have been living in Italy for some time now. 

We are an English couple who decided to escape the “rat race”, sell up in the UK, and completely change our life-style.

We had  visited the area of


in Italy several times on holiday  and we liked it so much we decided to make it our home !!!

The place we chose to live is


a sweet little town, nestling in the foothills of the Aurunci Mountains, an ancient staging post along the Roman Via Appia“.

Our home  is a farmhouse orcasale on the outskirts of this historic townshipand is set amidst the greenery of our own olive groves, in a quiet, unspoiled valley with mountains views, and a glimpse of the sea.  Each morning, when I awake I have to pinch myself to ensure that I am not still dreaming.  We are indeed exceptionally fortunate to live here.

This region of South Lazio is so rich in natural beauty, history and culture and is noted for its temperate climate. 

To complement the beautiful mountain scenery there is a truly spectacular coastline, with numerous sandy shores, rocky coves, hidden caves and sheltered harbours.

From here in Itri it is a short drive to the Riviera di Ulisse and the pretty fashionable resort of Sperlonga, its golden beaches and sparkling clear waters and along the coast are other charming coastal towns such as Terracina, Gaeta and Formia.

Well, I do hope you will enjoy reading our story

of how we have created a new life for ourselves in Italy.

So, ” Ciao for now !!! “

By the way, my personal motto is ……….


Chapter 1  –  Avanti Sempre Avanti –  introduction

Click Here to visit our Beautiful South Lazio Website

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Blog and text  © Louise Shapcott (Nonna Lou) All photos © Louise Shapcott  (Nonna Lou) All rights Reserved

  (Except where they have been rightfully accredited to the photographer)

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  1. I lived in Itri several years ago and I still long to return. The drive to Sperlonga or to Fondi always took my breath away. My children still remember the great Gelatio flavor from the bar across the park. Most of all I miss the cornetti with white chocolate and coffee. Your pictures are wonderful, Keep them coming.

  2. Hi I was wondering if there was a way to get your email address and ask you some questions about Itri? I’m going to Rome at the end of May and I want to visit Itri.

  3. Ended up on your blog from your reviews on Virtual Tourist. I actually drove through Itri on my from Latina to Napoli last weekend and I was completely blown away. I’m happy you guys are living out your dream of living in Italy, and look forward to going through your posts to learn more about Southern Lazio. Cheers!

  4. Louise, go for it! You have a great talent to present the story in an interesting and engaging fashion. I’m sure your grandchildren will love reading the stiry in years to come. I loved the area when I visited and I’m looking forward to my return in September this year.

    • Ciao cara Diana, thank you so much for your kind comments. We are really looking forward to your next visit in September with your other half. Take good care of yourself. Hugs xxxx

  5. I have always wondered how you two ended up in beautiful Italy. So looking forward to reading your blog.

    Cousin Linda.

  6. Hi,my mother was born in Itri and we were there 3 years ago. Recently we rented an apartment near the castle for Sept. and Oct. I hope to do some geneology research while there. We are so looking forward to visiting the area and will be traveling while there. Do you have any suggestions? We are planning to visit Puglia (the Trulli) and Basilicata (Matera). We would like to wait until getting into Itri or Formia to rent the car. Can you tell us the best way to get from Fiumicino Airport to Itri?

    • Ciao Barbara, So you are coming to Itri. It would be a pleasure to meet up with you during your stay. This beautiful area of South Lazio has so much to offer visitors. I have created a website in English about many of the local towns and villages. I recommend that you take a look. You can find it at: Please do feel free to keep in touch.

  7. Hello, My name is Pia. I was born in Itri. I make my home in America(Boston). I have a summer home in Campoli itri. We visit
    every summer with most of our children(5) and grandchildren(3 and another
    on the way). I enjoyed your blog, it is nicely done. Where about to you live.
    I was trying to figure out from the photos, but with no avail. Anyway I have
    many relatives in Itri. My sister and her family also have a home near
    the way of Sperlonga and my mom has a apartment Via Balbo(via Appia).
    Maybe we can connect and have a few laughs. Pia

  8. My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Italy and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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