“Fifty years in Italy surely proves that there is nowhere else where I would prefer to live! I moved from Wales to Rome in the 1960s and met my architect husband Roberto. When our children were small, we decided to leave the city and live in Casperia, a medieval village, where they would be more in contact with nature. We opened an artisan bottega, Roberto designed and made furniture, and I learnt to weave – we led the truly alternative green life.
“However, having worked in tourism, I wished that the traveller could experience the beauty of a medieval village, without formal hotels, so in 1996 we bought a palazzo, at the time in serious need of repair. Roberto took up its restoration and after two years we opened our B&B. We celebrated the twentieth anniversary of La Torretta in 2016.”