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A watercolour of Rebecca Lewis Lalatta by Sardinian Luxury artist Pink Harrison.

Rebecca Lewis Lalatta: the art of bridging cultures

Eclectic by nature as many British as well as Sardinian women, Rebecca Lewis Lalatta has been living in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, for over 20 years. With a degree in social sciences from the University of Edinburgh and several years of training as a flautist at the Royal College of Music in London, she juggles a career in the luxury travel industry at L'e Marquis (she is Regional Director of Sardinian Luxury) and a life-long passion for classical music. The heart of the Trio Aria music ensemble, with whom she has played all over Europe, Rebecca is also the founder and director of a cultural society called Settimo Suono ("Seventh Sound"). After bringing 110 Carabinieri and 88 horses from Rome to perform for Her Majesty the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, she has been awarded the honorary title of "Benemerita" of the Arma dei Carabinieri, becoming the first woman in history to play with the force’s famous Fanfara band. Mother to William and Thomas (18,16), she is an unconventional super-busy woman who is never too busy to say no to an afternoon tea break. Her motto is: "I love my job!".[eltd_blockquote text="What brought you to Sardinia in the first place and what keeps you here?" id="m_5263391280091785493yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1485247975609_33888"][vc_column_text] I first came to Sardinia in January 1995, after graduating from the University of Edinburgh. I was twenty two years old and, after my degree, had qualified as a TEFL teacher in Cambridge. My initial plan was to stay in Cagliari for just six months, to learn Italian and explore the island whilst supporting myself teaching English. After six months, though, my Italian was still in its early stages. I had studied French at school, but soon abandoned it to concentrate exclusively on Italian. Being a musician, I was familiar with all the musical terms, but these didn’t help much in everyday life. I decided to stay in Cagliari for another academic year. I enjoyed meeting a range of students, from children at a primary school in the mountains, to managers at local businesses, and a colourful array at evening classes. Although it was fascinating to meet so many lovely people, I didn’t feel that teaching English was my vocation. During my first year in Sardinia, I rented an apartment on the top floor of a palazzo in the old town. I met the “man next door”, actually on the floor below, and he became my husband! We have two sons, William and Thomas, who are 18...