In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Chato Villas was evacuated from his home in the hills of southern Italy.
But not because he was afraid.
Instead, he was trying to keep the house in tact, so he could protect himself from the elements.
“I don’t know if it is safe to go out now because I don’t want to take the risk, but I’m just glad I have a house and a place to go to,” he told The Next World.
Villa owner Chato villas new home in Accumoli, Italy, August 31, 2019.
The villa was built in 1882 and sits on an unspoiled coastline, with views of the Monte Rosa, the Colosseum, and the Mona Lisa.
He says that the property is still largely intact, but the main road connecting the house with the beach has been blocked.
And he has to pay for it.
After Florence passed, Chats was one of those who lost his home.
“I was very sad, I was very worried about it.
But when it came to the storm I knew it was the right time,” he said.
Chats has a few plans for his new home.
He has been buying land for the villa for about two years.
And after Florence passed he and his wife started to look at how they could help out and offer a home in need.
In the meantime, Chates wife is trying to help out in Florence by selling her cottage.
She has had to find someplace to live in the city, and Chats hopes to sell it soon so he can buy another one in the mountains.
Read more: Florence leaves a deep scar on Italy’s coastal regionAs of now, he has only bought two villas in Florence, but he hopes to expand his family to four, starting with the house he is renting.
It’s also been his experience that when people who don’t have the luxury of being able to own a home have to leave their homes, they often don’t stay long.
I have lived in Italy for 20 years, and it’s a very hard country, Chati said.
“It’s like being homeless, you don’t feel at home and you just don’t really like it.”