Amanda Knox and Raffaele write or phone every day
AMANDA Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who were dramatically acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher this month, telephone and write to each other every day.
In an interview to be published in an Italian magazine, Mr Sollecito said he could not wait to see his former girlfriend and to discuss the "hellish whirl" that had "nearly ruined our lives".
He said he was planning to visit Miss Knox, 24, in her home town of Seattle before Christmas and that he wanted to "look her in the eyes".
The Italian computer studies graduate first met Miss Knox at a classical music concert in Perugia, Umbria, in Oct 2007.
A week later Miss Kercher, 21, from Surrey, who shared a house with the American, was found dead in her bedroom with her throat cut and multiple knife wounds on her body.
Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito, 27, were found guilty of the killing in 2009 and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years respectively in prison.
But they were acquitted at the end of a year-long appeals trial earlier this month, with Miss Knox flown home to the US by her family within hours of the verdict.
"Certainly I will go and see Amanda in Seattle. She's invited me and I accepted with joy," Mr Sollecito, from Bari in the far south of Italy, told the latest edition of Oggi (Today) magazine.
"I could go at any moment. I want to see her again, to talk to her, to look her in the eyes.
"We telephone and write to each other every day, we need each other both to try to understand what happened and to look ahead, towards a future that seemed broken forever but which we can now rebuild."
Mr Sollecito has kept a low profile since he and Miss Knox were acquitted of sexual assault and murder by an appeals court in Perugia, spending the time with his family at home near Bari on the Adriatic coast.
"We have so many things to say to each other after spending four years in a hellish whirl which crushed us and caused us indescribable suffering and nearly ruined our lives," he said.
The third person convicted of the killing, Rudy Guede, who was born in the Ivory Coast but raised in Italy, has exhausted his appeals process and is serving 16 years behind bars.