Handshake in an Umbrian bar

Though her ancestors had moved away long ago, the zone has been known as “Morami” since the 1700s, and mention of the farm appears in documents dating as far back as the 1500s. In 1998 Sabrina’s Milanese father learned that Morami was for sale and, wishing to return to his family’s roots, he struck a deal, wrote out an agreement in a bar on a piece of newspaper, and followed it with a handshake.

The family was in shock; they weren’t farmers, and suddenly there were farm buildings to repair and 120 hectares (297acres) of farmland to make productive.