travels & decisions
Five years after my divorce, I finally managed to sell the marital home in Umbria. I did not come away with a lot of money and began to search for a new home there: however Umbria offered few choices and those were expensive.
Home sweet home Umbria. It was sad to leave this wonderful place but life changes bring new opportunities. Mostly I was afraid that I had no life there without my former partner, but my many Italians friends and transplanted Americans showed me this was wrong thinking and supporting me in helpful and loving ways.
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how about here? Puglia and the Salento
My new husband and I had just taken an enchanting trip to Puglia the previous year which had been a bit of an accident; an earthquake in our planned travel zone around Bologna scared us off and so we switched to travel south. We touched down in Brindisi, staying in Monopoli at one of the most romantic places in the world Dimora Don Ferrante. From that point on, pretty much I was hooked. From Monopoli we did a few day trips to upper Puglia, La Murgia, a hilly green area, you could say the "Chianti" region of Puglia. White towns, trulli houses, the Baroque. Distances are "small" here and one can cover many small towns in one day. We ate and slept like kings, perched in the evenings on the old city wall of our albergo with a glass of wonderful local rosato watching the small boats returning to harbor.
My decision to switch to Puglia was also influenced by my friends architect and artist
Martin Stubenrauch and his wife American wife Karen Bamonte who live in a jewel box of a home in Campello sul Clintunno, in my opinion one of the most beautiful areas of Umbria and the world. They had a small place in centro storico Nardó, Il Cubo, and Martin being an architect, could potentially oversee a project for me: and so that's how it came to be, that we visited Nardó stayed in a lovely Masseria retreat, took a fantastic architectural tour with a local architect and fell in love with this region and this town.
Fast forward one year: I returned to Todi to close on my home there and close the door on that part of my life. With maps and my appointment book in hand, I took the Frecciargento train from Rome to Lecce where I had set up a series of appointments to see as many properties as possible and to get a feeling for the region. Below a gallery of this choices. Searching was done largely on the internet and with the guidance of my architect.