Renato is from Turin in Northern Italy and has lived in Rome since 1992. He has spent most of his career in telecommunications management and in the field of organic agriculture. Nora was born in Chicago and studied in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Europe. Since 1965 she has lived in Rome, where she has worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and brought up two boys. Buying and refurbishing this house was a long-time dream of theirs.