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English Family Loves Living in the New Province of Fermo
“From London to Lapedona-We Left and Never Looked Back”
By: Gina Wills
The couple had previously lived in Germany and enjoyed the lifestyle and culture. They also thought that, having learned other languages as adults, it would be important for the children to speak another language at an early age. Gina had a friend she worked with who lived in the small town of Porto San Giorgio, near Fermo on the Adriatic coast in Italy. The family had been there several times on holiday and really enjoyed themselves. Tim and Gina decided that they would quit their jobs, rent out the London house and try their luck in this area. “We were scared to death, but we did not like the options available to us in the UK and to be honest, we were ready for a lifestyle change” said Tim. “We looked at what we hoped to achieve, then doubled the cost and halved the revenue. Even so we reckoned we could give it a go for a few years and come back if it didn’t work out.”
Seven years have passed since the day of that fateful decision, and the Wills family has never regretted it. The only major change is that they sold their London house in 2005. “We were able to buy a house in the village of Lapedona that is four times as big as our house in London, for half the price” said Gina. “We have fantastic views from our balcony of the Adriatic as well as the Sibillini mountains.” She added that the children have a massive garden to play in and the family now has two Maremmano-Abruzzese dogs, Dixie and Delilah. “We wouldn’t have been able to have large shepherd dogs like this in our little mews cottage in London.”
Both are also very pleased with the education their children are receiving. During elementary school, George, Steedley and Hamish were in a class of 14 children. |There were a total of 50 children in the whole school. The children are completely bilingual and even speak the local dialect fluently.
Tim and Gina have never regretted their decision. “The province of Fermo is an amazing place. Each hill has a medieval village sitting on top with numerous churches and monuments. The museums are full of paintings by famous Italians. Even the smallest village has a theatre to rival the West End for style, with at least one performance per week. The local shops are full of all-natural products, made by the same family for generations. We are an hour from the ski lifts in winter, and ten minutes from the sea in the summer. Our children are growing up in natural surroundings, away from pollution and a frenetic lifestyle. They speak Italian and English fluently. There are two international airports within an hour and many local businesses that have incredible products and services to offer. Everything we need is here, so why would we want to go back?”
Tim and Gina are at La Dolce Vita trade fair in London 10-13 March with the Fermo Chamber of Commerce to let people know about the charms of this new province.
Page Updated Last on: Mar 07, 2011