(This is our tale based on our adventures whilst striving to create a new life for ourselves in Bella Italia, however to protect individuals’ privacy a number of names and places and certain details have been altered.)
I have always felt Italian.
I do have Italian family Roots. My mother’s family came from the beautiful ancient region of Ciociaria in Central Italy. However they chose to leave Italy and travel in search of a new way of life. In 1911 they arrived in London and they found an place to call their home in the district of Clerkenwell. Here a bustling Italian community had developed over the years.
Here my mother was born in 192o. Here she was married in St Peter’s Italian Church in Clerkenwell Road.
Here also I was baptised. I was born closeby in the heart of the City of London.
My mother would often fondly recount stories of her childhood in Clerkenwell. I needed to see Atina for myself so Paul and I began planning a trip there. We started going to night-school to learn some Italian. As soon as we arrived in Atina I felt so at home there.
Thus began our irresistible love affair with “La Bella Italia”
which finally inspired us to risk everything, sell up lock, stock and barrel
and entirely transform our lifestyle.
Courageous? Daring? Reckless? Foolhardy? Naïve? All of these ???
This is the tale of our diverse adventures,
exploits and escapades along the way.
I hope you will enjoy following our progress …
AVANTI SEMPRE AVANTI !!!
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