Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roman Beach House

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.


Amy M. said...

Visiting from MBC! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I love Italy so much. I have been lucky enough to visit four times--once on my honeymoon. Your blog gives me vicarious pleasure!!!

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alessandra said...

Wow, you want to make us jealous, no wait...we are friend, aren't we?.. ;)

LindyLouMac said...

Oh Saretta, what a wonderful home and this is just their summer house. I think I could happily live there all year. Not that I do not live in my own beautiful piece of Italy, as do you,it is just different :)

Laura said...

I am numb with envy! Just seeing these photos was like the most calming afternoon possible...thanks for sharing. You live a blessed life!

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous. What a wonderful place. I am green with envy right now, but at the same time it was wonderful to see those pictures. Thanks for sharing them. What a beautiful place. You are so lucky to spend time there, but I'm sure you know that!


Saretta said...

Welcome Amy!

Alessandra - don't be jealous, not of me anyway, none of it is mine :-)

LindyLou - actually, they do go there on weekends in the winter, too.

Hi Tracy/Britney! What should I call you? :-) I'll come see you blog asap.

Laura - again, the house is not mine, so please don't envy me! I'm glad it was a relaxing view for you!

Kristina said...

Thank you for swinging by my blog and following! Love that MBC! Would you like to exchange NetworkedBlog follows too?

Francesca said...

What a place. One thing that can be said about italians is that they're usually impeccable and warm hosts.

Deanna Lynn Sletten said...

This looks lovely. I want to go to Italy! Thanks for visiting my blog - am now following you too.

Julia said...

This is so dreamy! I cant believe you get to visit family in such exotic places!