My love affair with Italy, and in particular Umbria, began at the age of eighteen when my father took the family on a trip retracing his service there during World War Two. We were befriended by a delightful Italian family whilst camping at Lido Trasimeno (they spoke only Italian. Us only English) but somehow we managed! I will be forever grateful to them for introducing us to the REAL Italy and not the one usually experienced by tourists. From that day on I was totally captivated and determined that one day I would live in Umbria. It’s taken a long time but at last I am realising that dream.