A new life in Italy

An inspirational story about how your life can change

Living in Italy, books about italian life, sailing mediterranean, sailing in sardinia, sailing in sicily
Many people will know what it feels like to be stuck in a rut, with no obvious way of resolving your problems or changing your life. We found ourselves in that position and made a decision that was to change our lives dramatically for the better.

This book is about how we changed our lives. It gives details of our lives as expats, and the events that shaped our lives during the time we spent living aboard our sailing boat, sailing to the Mediterranean, sailing in Sardinia and sailing in Sicily.

The book starts with our voyage to France, across the Bay of Biscay, around the northern coast of Spain, down the Atlantic coast of Portugal, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean Sea to the French Riviera and finally crossing the border into Italy and a new life.

We then spend a magical summer sailing around the Italian island of Sardinia. We describe our experiences in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We talk about the fascinating people we met and spent time with, the many unexpected events we became involved in and the rich history and culture of the Sardinian people that we learnt about while sailing in Sardinia.

We spend a memorable winter in Tuscany before setting off down the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, visiting the Italian islands as we go. From the Tuscan island of Elba, once home to Napoleon Bonaparte, to Giglio, past the ancient Roman port of Ostia to Ponza and the Pontine Islands, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, with the beautiful islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri and then to Amalfi before sailing down to Tropea in Calabria.

We sail to the Aeolian Islands and the northern coast of Sicily. From there, we stayed in Marsala and visited the Aegedian Islands, before sailing down the south coast of Sicily and up to the beautiful, ancient city of Ortigia, part of modern day Siracusa. We survived Mount Etna and the Strait of Messina with the perils of Scylla and the whirlpool of Charybdis before returning to Tropea and a different kind of future.
Part One - Our Great Escape

The dramatic and rocky coastline of Brittany

Islands and rivers of Atlantic France

La Coruña and Finisterre in Atlantic Spain

The historic grandeur of Lisbon

The towering majesty of Cape St. Vincent

Cadiz, Trafalgar and the Strait of Gibraltar

The sultry Costas of Southern Spain

The luxurious playground of the French Riviera

Italy - Our New Home

Part Two - A Magical Summer in Sardinia

Crystal clear water and wall-to-wall sunshine

The most spectacular religious procession in the world

Flamingos, pilot whales and dolphins up close and personal

Birthday celebrations for a tree

A fascinating cast of entertaining characters

A millionaire and his Russian bride

A body builder who’s trunks don’t fit

A ‘Southern Belle’ from Georgia

Lost in the wilderness and a shower next to some Roman ruins

Part Three - Island Hopping

Napoleon, Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago

Michelangelo, Ancient Rome and Ostia

Accordions and bagpipes in Anzio

Riding out a storm in Ponza

An intact Roman harbour in Ventotene

The unique beauty of Ischia, Procida and Capri

Fear of kidnap in Naples

Superyachts and rescues on the Amalfi Coast

An enchanted castle in Tropea

Part Four - Sicily and Beyond

Swordfish and volcanic springs in the Aeolian Islands

Cefalù, Palermo, white wine and Padre Pio

Garibaldi's Gate, Marsala and the Aegadian Islands

Southern Sicily, pirates and Siracusa

The ancient splendour of Ortigia and Taormina

The Baroque masterpices of Ragusa, Modica and Noto

Mount Etna and the whirlpools of Messina

Scylla and Charybdis - In the footsteps of Odysseus

'A New Life in Italy' will be available soon in paperback, Kindle, Epub and as a digital download.

If you wish to be informed when it is available, please register your interest here: enquiries@paulrobertsbooks.com