Little did he know that something more was to enchant his heart, when - one sunny day in May - he caught sight of the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
He used what little Greek he knew to enquire in the neighbourhood as to who this beauty was. People were quick to give him her name: Aliki.
He also ascertained her place of residence: a beautiful, grand building right under the Acropolis. Giovanni passed day and night waiting under her balcony with the hopes of catching a fleeting glimpse of her. Aliki, too, it seems, had noticed Giovanni on that very first day, but feared the wrath of her strict father. Without even knowing his name, Aliki watched him from afar from her balcony.