US couple bought a vacation home in Italy. How could they visit in a pandemic?

US couple bought a vacation home in Italy. How could they visit in a pandemic?

(CNN) — A second home in Italy? It’s the dream. For married couple Marco Cavalli and Sunaina (known as Suni) Lobo of Oakland Hills, California, it became a reality over a year ago.

When coronavirus lockdowns seemed to put living that dream on indefinite hold, Cavalli and Lobo didn’t give up on finding a way to spend much-needed time with family and friends this summer in idyllic Valle d’Itria in the Puglia region of southern Italy.

Cavalli, whose family is from northern Italy, was very concerned as Covid-19 began to take hold in the region. He and Lobo, who began sheltering in place at their California home in March, figured that things would calm down in time for them to return to Puglia this summer. As months went on, however, the couple worried and wondered about whether they should risk going to Italy, especially as cases in California began to spike in July.

Dreams can come true

Marco Cavalli and Sunaina Lobo, a married couple who reside in California, decided to fly to Italy and live their summer dream in their second home in Puglia.

Marco Cavalli and Sunaina Lobo, a married couple who reside in California, decided to fly to Italy and live their summer dream in their second home in Puglia.

Marco Cavalli

“Puglia has always been a destination for me, since I was a teenager. I always had the dream of buying a place here,” said Cavalli. The area of Villa d’Itria, where their home is located, is charming with hills, olive trees and wine and is not far from the coast. Cavalli’s Italian parents did the groundwork, locating the home they purchased about 18 months ago.

“There was a little bit of red tape, so it took much longer than…

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