One woman’s romantic journey is proof that love can be found in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times.
Frances Alban, after being disillusioned with the dating scene in her hometown of Miami, decided to take a break from romance in order to pursue the things she loved.
“Being a single woman in your late 30s is kind of tough. I felt like it was really hard and I wanted to center myself again,” she told USA Today.
As a way to recharge and reinvigorate herself, Alban and two friends decided to book a few cheap tickets to Sicily for a vacation. That’s where Alban met Roberto.
In a house listed on Airbnb in Cefalù, Italy, Alban met the house’s owner, Roberto Tomasello, who is an architect. Tomasello welcomed Alban and her friends to the house and showed them around the property, with views of the water.
“Everyone was snapping pictures of the view, and I took a pic of Roberto,” Alban told USA Today. And the feeling of attraction was mutual.
After texting with Alban a few times over the next couple of days during her stay, Tomasello came back to the house to check the women out of the Airbnb. While it seemed like their flirtation would end, Tomasello had a surprised Alban with a proposition to continue their relationship.
“He said ‘I know this sounds crazy, but you are a fantastic girl and I would love to get to know you,’” Alban said.
The couple continued to talk for several months until June 2017, when Tomasello came to visit Alban in Miami. Later in October, when Alban came to Palermo, Sicily, where Tomasello lives, the two got engaged.
“You never think something like this will happen to you, but it can,” Alban said.