Anyone who wants a taste of la dolce vita can enjoy a late break experiencing the culture of Italy thanks to a Boston church - without needing a passport or plane ticket.
The Zion Methodist Church Holiday@Home is offering locals the chance to enjoy a taste of the culture, history and food of one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.
The event at the Brothertoft Road church is particularly aimed at those living on their own or unable to have a break for whatever reason.
A number of events have been lined up, including cooking demos and meals, arts and crafts events, games, singing and DVDs, all with an Italian theme.
Organisers have already lined up a Vespa to give a real taste of Italian transport – but they are appealing for anyone who might be able to lend them an even more luxurious set of wheels.
One of those behind the event, Lesley Mastin, said: “We would love to have a Ferrari, Lamborghini or other Italian car, like a Fiat, for people to go and have a look at.”
Lesley explained how the idea began. “We started ‘Holiday @ Home’ last year, which was to the seaside.
“There were a few articles in magazines that we had read where people had tried a ‘Staycation’ as they were called. I happened to meet a member of a church from Nottingham who was organising a similar event.
“I thought it sounded a good idea and there had been a lot of radio programmes highlighting the problem of people that are lonely and also cannot get away for a holiday.
“So I put together a programme, in a short space of time and we had our first ‘Holiday @ Home’. It went so well that everyone was asking for one this summer. I had a few suggestions of Italy and so I have organised this year’s around Italy.”
The event starts on Tuesday September 4, and runs for three days until Thursday September 6.
There is a full timetable of events available, and anyone interested in finding out more can get in touch via the church’s Facebook page or website.
Lesley said there will be a room at the church to chat and relax, and it was a great opportunity for people to meet old friends and make new ones.
“One of our aims for the venture is to create something for the community, allowing people living on their own and those that are unable to have a holiday to be able to come along, join in with activities and feel they have had a break from their normal routine,” said Lesley.
Anyone who wants to find out more – or can help out with an Italian car for the Wednesday – can contact (01205 367167), go to the website at zionmethodistchurch-boston.co.uk or find the Zion Methodist Church, Boston, on Facebook.