Then and now…our house

Our house at Ponte a Serraglio has had a few changes since it was originally built. Here is a photo taken at the beginning of the 1900s.


The front of the building was damaged in WWII. It was originally one house, but at some stage it was divided into 2 apartments with a shop below.

Take a look at a post I wrote a while ago, where my friend Tina talks about the Ponte a Serraglio she remembers from her youth. Click here to hear Tina’s story.

This is what our house looks like now.


I am very pleased that the little balcony was added.



I would love to know the story of the faces above our doors and windows.


From our position on the bridge I can observe what happens in the piazza, and it is just a few steps to breakfast at Il Monaco for Annalisa’s great coffee and pastries…reason enough to live in Ponte a Serraglio. Click here to meet Annalisa.


24 thoughts on “Then and now…our house

  1. I especially love your little balcony… and I think you posted many photographs of your balcony and also view from your balcony. I love your town too dear Debra, and how nice the building is still there… Thank you, love, nia

  2. Your little balcony is so sweet, especially with the details above. Isn’t it nice to have the old photo. I wish I had photos of our house from years ago.

  3. After a failed attempt to visit your town in 2011 due to a transportation strike we are trying again! We have reservation at Hotel Corona end of May! Looking forward to visiting your town and the bridge!

    • I hope all goes well this time. Hotel Corona is in La Villa, one kilometre up river. Say hello to Roberto. Perhaps we will see you at Il Monaco for breakfast.
      …oops. The Corona is actually in Ponte a Serraglio, I was thinking of Roberto’s other hotel, the Regina, in La Villa. We will be neighbours.

  4. I have thought, more than once, to comment on your seemingly perfect location on the river. However, your balcony with its lintels is truly perfect. I love seeing it in all seasons and light.
    Marsha ID USA

  5. I loved staying at your gorgeous apartment last year. It’s nice to know the history of the place and seeing the old photo makes your apartment more special. We live with the friendly ghosts of the past.

  6. Hello! My friend, Rina (who lives behind Tina), gave me your card this past summer and I’ve been loving your posts ever since. My Nonno (also a friend to Tina) grew up in Tereglio and loves to share stories from his youth; I’m sure he would be happy to answer any questions he can! I would love to know how/where you found the old photo of your home, too, please! Thank you!

    • I would love to meet your Nonno! I have had the old photo of my house for years. I think we got it at Pastrengo in La Villa. It is also in the book of old postcards which is for sale at the library in La Villa.

  7. I am so glad to have found your blog! We have stayed in the area a couple of times and are returning for a fortnight in July/August, staying at Limano. I have just spent all afternoon reading your entire blog from beginning to end! Look forward to reading more …
    PS: We are hoping to revisit a restaurant we last went to about 8 years ago (if it is still there) but can’t remember it’s name. I will have a look at the map and see if I can find it’s location and you never know maybe you may know it?

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