Hi and welcome. I’m Cathy, or Catty as the Italians tend to pronounce it! Originally from the beautiful university town of Cambridge in the UK, I moved to Grottaferrata in the Castelli Romani in March 2019 with my husband and 6 year old miracle IVF daughter, Mimi. Oh and our elderly cat Maisie and recently adopted kitten Mimitu, the craziest kitty in Europe, who is currently terrifying the living daylights out of all of us!

I’ve always adored Italy so living here is a bit of a dream come true – we all jumped at the chance to move when my husband got offered a job in Rome. I’ve given up a successful 18 year career in fundraising and the charity sector to move here, so this is very much an adventure in to unchartered territory – and I love it!

I hope my blog gives you a taste of what life for our family is like in this corner of Italy. I adore being ‘a three’ with my husband and daughter but I’m also pretty passionate about food, photography and travel – with a healthy dose of wine, politics and history thrown in. We’re here to live as locals and immerse ourselves completely in this experience. I’d love for you to join me and share in our highs and lows as we navigate this next chapter.


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