Friday, 25 November 2016

A Month in Italy

November in Italy has been amazing. Mostly sunny and 20-25c. We decided to spend all November in our new house, Casa Colle, in Arpino south of Rome in order to get all practical things up and running and get to know our new town.

A month in Italy, a pretty good idea!

We love our new house and the Italian town Arpino is just amazing. It proved challenging to get ADSL and gas installed (heating works on gas in Italy) but apart from that most things have gone according to plan and our new Italian home is now fully operational. Project for spring is to aquire the space outside our house and turn it into a small garden/patio.

Casa Colle (we hope to buy the space right if the house, behind the wall, and turn it into an additional terrace/garden)

We also haf time to explore the surrounding areas. Arpino has a great location and within one hour we can go to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, the coast as well as one of the largest national parks in Europe! We just love this part of Italy! The area is so beautiful and very genuine.

We drove along the stunning Amalfi coast

We spent a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii

We went to Rome for a few days

We discovered the beautiful coast line close to where we live including Terracina...

...and our new favorite beach town Sperlonga

Just a short drive from Arpino you find the dramatic Abruzzo National Park, which is considered one of the best national parks in Europe.

We enjoyed so many stunning sunsets (this is the view from our terrace)

As well as ocean front sunsets

Our dear friends Annelie and Stefan came to visit

We were invited to many nice dinners, here in our neighbours beautiful palazzo.

So many new friends (and so much food)

And here we are around another table with more food and more new friends, celebrating Sonias birthday (the owner of the charming hotel in Arpino)

And today, on our very last day in Italy, fall came to town. It's high tine for us to head back to Marrakech, get some work done, reunite with our Moroccan tribe of friends and then travel to Sweden for some more work. But we will soon be back. Christmas and January will be spent in Casa Colle.

Fall in Arpino