Introduction - Ciao Tutti From South Lazio
Ciao everyone, Just to say Hi !!! I have always felt that Bella Italia is "in my blood". We have been living in Italy for more than 4 years now. The place we chose to call our new home is the small town of Itri - a sweet little town nestling in the foothills of the Aurunci Mountains. This region of South Lazio is so rich in natural beauty. I love taking photos and I am currently creating an English website about this area: http://southlazio.shapcott-family.comMy maternal grandparents originated from the beautiful mountain community of Atina, Frosinone in the Val di Comino http://atina.shapcott-family.com overlooking the River Melfa and the Meta and Mainarde mountains, and the Abruzzi. My grandfather was enticed by the prospect of emigration to a new land of opportunity. Thus in the Summer of 1911 my Italian grandparents first set foot on English soil, and made their way to the city of London, to the district of Clerkenwell, the Italian quarter know as “Little Italy” or “The Hill”. They rented a dilapidated Victorian house at the end of Little Saffron Hill, close to St Peter’s Italian Church, which was to be their home for many years to come. Here my mother was born and she was brought up in the Italian community. I was born nearby in the heart of London, within the sound of Bow Bells, so I suppose I could be considered to be an “Italian Cockney”. I had a true passion for Italy and all things Italian, and felt a real need to see for myself the land of my forefathers, visit Atina and walk in the footsteps of my grandparents. 15 years ago my husband and I spent a memorable fortnight staying with some of my Italian cousins, in Atina. It was our first meeting but we were so warmly welcomed and received into the family fold and Atina transpired to be even more charming than I could ever have imagined. Thus began our irresistible love affair with “La Bella Italia”, which finally inspired us to risk everything, sell up lock, stock and barrel in the UK and entirely transform our lifestyle. We love to make new friends ad would like to be in contact with others who have made the same move or who are contemplating doing so, and hopefully share some of the knowledge and experience we have gained ourselves along the way. Also we'd love to hear from anyone who lives in the South Lazio, Val di Comino, Abruzzo area or who have family connections there. Anyway - Ciao for now Tutti !!!