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Our Story

FOR LOVE OF ITALY ☽

Welcome to For Love of the Moon Travel. We are Jim and Laura Terranova, two Americans who have spent the past several years working on the monumental task of obtaining Italian citizenship. A long journey filled with embassy-visits, tracking down marriage licenses, birth certificates and immigration papers, and translating mountains of documents has paid off! We finalized the paperwork at last, and it has taken us no time to happily uproot our American lives for this beautiful country we love so much. We packed what we could fit into a few suitcases and embraced Puglia as our new home. We came with one goal in mind: to live simply. Each day we’re working towards that and, to be honest, southern Italians make it pretty easy to do. We have found a magical place and we want to share our lifestyle here with laid-back travelers looking for a different and more authentic “Italian experience." 

After almost a decade living and working in New York City, we both craved a change—space, room to grow our own food, fresh air, quiet, simplicity. Many things about living in the beautiful chaos of New York no longer fit us, so to satisfy our wandering minds we booked one-way tickets to Italy, where we both have strong heritage and roots, to explore the country farm by farm. We traveled throughout the beautiful regions, from blood orange groves in Sicily to tiny cabins in Tuscany to the bustling cities up north. Of all the stunning and culturally-rich places we spent time, choosing our new home was easy and obvious to us: Ostuni. After working on a small farm in the nearby countryside and experiencing the charm of this incredible Pugliese town, we felt at home and knew we had to find one of those little white stone houses and make it ours. So we started plotting and planning and sorting out how in the world we could make this work… 

Flash forward two years: we now own a beautiful country home right in the middle of Valle d’Itria (Itria Valley). Our stone house overlooks an olive grove and is surrounded by friendly Italian neighbors and lots (and lots and lots) of fruit trees. It’s quiet and peaceful but with enough activity on our land to keep us busy. Our days are both relaxed and exciting: we usually start with a long walk through the olive trees and trullo-scattered countryside with our sweet dog, Bowie, before running out for outdoor market shopping in nearby Cisternino or Ostuni, having afternoon wines and coffees with neighbors and friends, working on our vegetable garden; making pizza, bread or cake in our outdoor forno, drinking wine on our terrace under the stars. 

Puglia is rich in tradition. It’s a place where culture is built on hospitality, where the most important conversation of the day is often what you’ll be eating and with whom, where wine flows freely (and cheaply), where fruit grows in abundance around every corner, falling off the heavy trees and into your lap, where the sea is a piercing turquoise, a color so intense you can hardly believe you’re allowed to go in, where coastline is always in the near distance, where the peaceful olive trees are overwhelming in number. We were welcomed to Ostuni by happy and generous farmers, always sharing a good bottle of Primitivo and chatting away over homemade food straight from their backyard. The warmth in this countryside emanates as much from the spirit of the people here as it does from the bright sun and sea breeze. I imagine every new guest in Puglia is welcomed, more or less, as we were: with smiles, open arms, good wine, fresh food.

We want to do the same with our home. When you have good company, good food, good wine and a place to lay your head in southern Italy, you don’t need much.

 
We live in the countryside just outside of the beautiful white-washed town of Ostuni.           The region of Puglia, or south-eastern Italy, is known as "the heel of the boot".           

We live in the countryside just outside of the beautiful white-washed town of Ostuni.           The region of Puglia, or south-eastern Italy, is known as "the heel of the boot".           


DIVE INTO PUGLIA 

Spend time in our country villa, and enjoy the peaceful views and fresh air.  Share meals, wine and stories with us in the place that makes us happiest.

Enjoy our beautifiul apartment in the white-washed town of Ostuni. "La Citta Bianca" sits on a hill above the Adriatic Sea, a town full of beauty.

Explore beautiful white washed towns, ancient ruins, thousand year old churches, seaside cities and UNESCO world heritage sites around Puglia.

lovely beaches

We are just a fifteen minute drive from the gorgeous Adriatic Sea and a short drive from the Ionian Sea, both with stunning secret coves and beach clubs dotting the coast.

Full service planning built around your interests.  Beautiful days and wonderful memories to be made.  We'll do the hard work...relax & let's enjoy Italy together! 

Enjoy local wine, olive oil, cheese, farm fresh vegetables, sea food straight from the fishermen, and local farm raised meat at local "fornelli" restaurants.  Tours of vineyards, olive oil mills, and other culinary experiences available.

After years of traveling throughout Italy taking advice from locals and experts alike, wearing out the pages of guidebooks, and hosting friends, family, and tourists on vacations, we have a great understanding of what makes for a wonderful trip in Italy.  We can help you plan your entire vacation from the basic logistics of flights and hotels to custom tailoring guided tours and itineraries.  We also offer planning for Rome, Florence, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany.