Elderly man sits by the ocean next to a framed photo of his deceased wife every day

"Giuseppe told me that the reason he visits this location is that a long time ago, they spent many good times together at the small beach nearby. They were each other’s first love and they got married. It was truly a lifetime of love."
July 11, 2018 6:18 pm Last Updated: July 11, 2018 6:18 pm

We all have a place that reminds us of someone we love. Maybe it’s the person’s favorite restaurant or grocery store, or a beach the two of you often have visited.

For Giuseppe, the place that reminded him of the love of his life was a spot in front of the ocean in Gaeta, Italy.

Gaeta is located in Central Italy, south of Rome. (Christopher Patterson/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Giorgio Moffa owns a restaurant in the Italian coastal city and often noticed an elderly man sitting on the brick wall, facing the water. While his behavior wasn’t particularly odd, what stood out was what the man brought every time he visited the spot outside Moffa’s restaurant.

The man, named Giuseppe, always sat next to a framed photo.

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Moffa recently took a photo of Giuseppe, 72, slouched over with his arm outstretched, as if he were giving the picture frame a hug. Giuseppe had himself and the frame situated in a way that appeared as though he and the photo were looking out into the sea.

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But whose photo was in the frame?

Moffa shared with Yahoo Lifestyle that every morning he witnessed Giuseppe gaze off into the distance with a photo of his late wife beside him.

“Giuseppe told me that the reason he visits this location is that a long time ago, they spent many good times together at the small beach nearby,”  he said. “They were each other’s first love and they got married. It was truly a lifetime of love.”

Unfortunately, she passed away seven years ago.

While the photo is heartbreaking, Moffa couldn’t help but point out the strength of Giuseppe’s love for his wife, and many agreed.

“I just know that his [love] was definitely a great love,” he wrote in the caption of his photo (translated from Italian).

Even sweeter, according to the Italian restaurateur, the 72-year-old takes the framed photo of his late wife whenever he visits a place the two used to go.