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OUR LIFE IN ABRUZZO

Lisa and Mickey enjoying a trip to the coast
Image courtesy of Lisa Tomlin and Mickey Ward

Lisa Tomlin and Mickey Ward from Surrey own a two-bedroom property half an hour from the sea in the hilly countryside of southern Abruzzo. They intend to enjoy several weeks there every summer and make shorter visits at other times of the year.

What drew them to Abruzzo? “I’ll confess we didn’t really know much about Italy until recently”, Lisa admits. “My older sister Margret was the traveller in our family, and it was her who put us onto Abruzzo. We came out a few years ago and loved it – the outdoor life, the sense of space. We went hiking in the mountains and stayed in tiny village B&Bs in houses that were hundreds of years old. They had vaulted stone ceilings and were deeply atmospheric and beautiful. It felt like we were in another world. Then we spent a few days exploring the coast, where we found some perfect, pristine beaches that had hardly anyone on them, even in the middle of the summer!

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When it comes to planning a holiday, so much of the enjoyment comes in the anticipation, which is why we have packed the issue with plenty of inspiration for your next trip to Italy, whether you’re going this year or next. We were intrigued to find out about the papier-mâché (cartapesta) tradition of Salento on our visit to Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. Lake Como is breathtaking whatever the season, and a visit to Villa Balbiano, now restored to its former opulence, is a must.