We spent a long weekend at my sister-in-law's summer house just north of Rome. They have a beautiful historic villa right on the beach.
Imagine staying at a luxury 5-star hotel where everyone loves you and bends over backwards to make you and your children feel special, comfortable and happy. That's how we were treated last weekend.
Their garden is spectacular, so well-cared for and full of bright flowers.
The perfect place to relax at siesta time.
This is the view from the back patio down to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Their backyard gazebo is completely covered with ivy growing on its trellised walls.
A fish out of water...
Another view down to the sea from the patio.
This is the patio where we ate all our meals. Except on a few occasions when we were invaded by wasps. Proof that even paradise can have its imperfections!
A nice corner for relaxing.
My lovely sister-in-law spent far too much time in the kitchen, cooking us delicious lunches and dinners every day. She was so good about preparing special dishes for me (since I am gluten and lactose intolerant), I really felt spoiled.
Cooking would seem like more fun with a window like this to look out of.
At work again in the kitchen, that woman never stopped!
This painting is by my brother-in-law, Gaetano Grillo.
Another lovely corner of their beautiful beach home.