updated 10/07/2011 AT 6:05 PM ET
•originally published 10/08/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
She was released from prison only to land in the hot spotlight of the media, but Amanda Knox is finding ways to feel free.
“Amanda did manage even to go out one evening ‘undercover,’” her father Curt Knox tells PEOPLE. “Soon, she was recognized by the managers of the establishment who told her not to worry that they wouldn’t tell anyone, and to just get on and enjoy her evening.”
Other nights are spent quietly at home, Knox says of his daughter, 24, who was tried and convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, before being released from prison Oct. 3 after a successful appeal.
“Amanda spent the evening at my house with her half-sisters Delaney, Ashley and her sister,” he says. “We all had Chinese takeaway.”
When she first returned to U.S. soil, though, there was jubilation and a full-on reunion in her hometown of Seattle, Wash.
“On the first evening back, we held a welcome back party for Amanda with the family and her friends,” Curt says. “She saw her grandmother whom she has missed so much, she saw her two little cousins who were toddlers when she left for Perugia.”
Curt says his daughter happily reunited with a former boyfriend at the party.
“We had also invited some of her friends along, even the boy she split up from before leaving for Perugia,” Curt says. “They spent some time chatting, but I don’t think there is room in these days in Amanda’s head for romance. For her he is just a dear friend.”
He says Amanda also hopes to reconnect with her Italian boyfriend and fellow defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, who was also released on appeal.
“We have told Raffaele Sollecito and his family to come over and visit if they feel like it,” Curt Knox says. “I am pretty sure he will come over soon.”
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