The Italian Almanac


Old Lovers

A divorce case involving a 91-year-old Ischia hotelier has made headlines here with his cast-off wife claiming he has a lover. The husband filed a suit recently claiming the marriage had broken down irreparably and offering his wife an amicable settlement. The wife, 60, was not satisfied and lodged a counter-suit demanding a heftier slice of his assets because he had allegedly taken a lover, the local press reported.

The case took a fresh twist when the husband claimed it was his wife who had been unfaithful. The man, a widower, married the woman 19 years ago after they met when she was working as a picker on his potato farm. He made enough money out of potatoes to build a deluxe hotel on one of Ischia's most famous beauty spots and has since turned it into a chain.