Our life in Tuscany


Cambridge-based Judith and Michael Portman bought a one-bedroom flat in Florence in 2015. They spend three weeks there every summer and two weeks at Christmas. The rest of the year they rent the flat to international students – often visiting students who are just spending one academic year in the city.   What drew them […]

My life in Emilia-Romagna

Tina O’Neill from Cheshire bought a two-bedroom house in the hills south of Modena. For three years she used it as a holiday home, then her love of Italy grew too great and she made a permanent move to Emilia-Romagna in 2014. What drew her to this region in particular? “I’d been to many different […]

Our life in Le Marche

Hertfordshire-based Carole and David Montrose own a three-bedroom country house a few miles from Ascoli Piceno in southern Le Marche. They try to spend all of the school holidays there with their daughters Mandy and Jessica (pictured above),and rent the house to visitors at other times of the year. What drew them to Le Marche? “David […]

Our life in Umbria

Lorelei and Jacob Wells have made Umbria a second home that they can make available to family and friends. Leicestershire-based Lorelei and Jacob Wells (in pink and centre, pictured with friends) own a three-bedroom rural house situated between Todi and Orvieto in southwest Umbria. They enjoy long visits there several times a year, make the […]

Our life on Lake Garda

Shropshire-based David and Leila Church bought a two-bedroom apartment on the southern side of Lake Garda twelve years ago. They stay there for a month every summer and make several week-long visits throughout the rest of the year. At other times they offer the apartment for holiday rentals through a local agency. What drew them to […]