Sport & Adventure

Best trail running races in Aosta Valley

Best trail running races in Aosta Valley

Written by on May 18, 2021 in Aosta Valley, Sport and Adventure

Best trail running races in the Aosta Valley There are so many incredible running trails in Northern Italy, especially in the Aosta Valley and in the Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso that stretches to Piemonte region. Running on these trails offers you breathtaking, panoramic views of the Italian Alps, waterfalls, deep valleys, glaciers, incredible rock formations […]

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Guide to trail running races in northern Italy

Guide to trail running races in northern Italy

Written by on May 14, 2021 in Sport and Adventure

Guide to trail running and races in northern Italy What is Trail Running? Trail running is a popular activity for the period of April – September, focused mainly for the summer season. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have mountains for trail running. Trail running can in fact be done everywhere. It is […]

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Technosport, Aosta – our favourite Ski Shop

Technosport, Aosta – our favourite Ski Shop

Two Mondays ago I got to spend a couple of hours with Egon Boccadelli Real, Marco Scagliarini and Andrea Zemoz at our favourite Aosta ski shop, Technosport. The guys had just about wrapped up another successful but thanks to COVID, challenging winter season and were in the process of preparing the shop for the summer. […]

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Things to do

3 beautiful inland lakes to visit in Liguria, Italy

3 beautiful inland lakes to visit in Liguria, Italy

Written by on April 28, 2021 in Lakes & Rivers, Liguria

3 beautiful inland lakes to visit in Liguria, Italy Escape from the beach – but stay by the cool water This cute little article was kindly prepared for us, in her native Italian, by Selene Scinicariello. Selene is a travel and gastronomy writer & blogger. She is also editor of the website Viaggi Che Mangi! […]

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Discover the Lake District of North West Italy

Discover the Lake District of North West Italy

Written by on April 20, 2021 in Lakes & Rivers, Things to See & Do

Discover the Lake District of North West Italy There are many lakes all over Italy, in fact more than 1,500, more if you include all the little mountain lakes. But most of the larger lakes are concentrated in Northwest Italy, in the Lombardia and Piemonte regions, not far from Milan. The Italian Lake District The […]

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10 stunning places to visit on Lago Maggiore

10 stunning places to visit on Lago Maggiore

Written by on March 22, 2021 in Lakes & Rivers, Things to See & Do

Because of Covid we are not able to get out and about around our area of North West Italy as we would like, in order to bring to you stimulating information about places and experiences that you might find useful when you are next in this amazing part of Italy. There can only be so […]

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Goodlife Property

A visit to Umbria: interview with David Lang, owner of Casa San Gabriel

A visit to Umbria: interview with David Lang, owner of Casa San Gabriel

Written by on January 24, 2021 in Property, Umbria

As part of a new series of interviews and features coming from the other parts of Italy: North East, Central and Southern & Islands, we are very excited to be able to take a first Good Life Italy look at the gorgeous and refined region of Umbria through the eyes of David and Chrissie Lang. […]

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A holiday home in Western Liguria – La Riviera dei Fiori

A holiday home in Western Liguria – La Riviera dei Fiori

Written by on December 21, 2020 in Estate Agent’s Window, Property

A holiday home in Western Liguria – La Riviera dei Fiori Introducing LiguriaHomes Casamare We are delighted to say that Matteo Scandolera, the charming and approachable Director of LiguriaHomes Casamare has agreed to help us with our Goodlife Property project. Matteo will be sharing with us some of the fabulous properties that he has for […]

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Why you should buy a ski property in Pila

Why you should buy a ski property in Pila

Written by on December 17, 2020 in Estate Agent’s Window, Property

Introducing Agenzia San Grato – Pila’s No. 1 estate agent We are delighted that Agenzia San Grato has kindly agreed to help us with our Goodlife Property project. Agenzia San Grato is THE estate agent for the lovely little Aosta Valley ski resort of Pila. They are the only agent with a shop in the […]

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Italy Stories

What’s going on in Italy?

What’s going on in Italy?

Written by on January 29, 2021 in Guest blog, Italy Stories

Thanks to Richard Noble, owner and manager of Villa Ribota guesthouse in the Langhe for this topical guest blog…. Undeniably a good question, especially when you consider all the political manoeuvring that’s going on… but I want to focus on the dreaded Coronavirus for now. At the beginning of the pandemic, almost a year ago […]

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Discover the Italian Carnival traditions and events in North Italy

Discover the Italian Carnival traditions and events in North Italy

Written by on January 28, 2021 in Italy Stories, Things to See & Do

Let’s discover together the Italian Carnival – Carnevale traditions and events in North Italy ! What is Carnival and when is it celebrated Carnival in Italy is a Catholic and Christian celebration but in reality it has very distant origins going back to ancient Greece and the Roman world. The word Carnevale is an Italian […]

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Take a virtual visit to Italy through these fabulous films

Take a virtual visit to Italy through these fabulous films

Written by on January 13, 2021 in Italy Stories

  Take a virtual visit to Italy through these fabulous films Travelling is difficult at the moment. But we can still immerse ourselves in the extraordinary beauty of Italy through watching films at home. So let’s take a cinematic journey through Italy with this great collection of light-hearted comedies, romances and even some action movies. […]

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Gastronomy

Easy recipe for Polpettone alla Ligure

Easy recipe for Polpettone alla Ligure

Written by on April 23, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Easy recipe for Polpettone alla Ligure The origin of Polpettone alla Ligure The Italian Riviera is awash in some of the finest fish in the Mediterranean. However, this long and narrow land is trapped between the mountains and the sea, which gives several beautiful fresh ingredients for the Ligurian cuisine. From the slopes we get […]

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Recipe for gluten-free Schwarzplententorta

Recipe for gluten-free Schwarzplententorta

Written by on April 16, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Recipe for gluten-free Schwarzplententorta: delicious and healthy The origin of Schwarzplententorta (TORTA GRANO SARACENO) Torta Grano Saraceno is a typical dessert from the Trentino Alto Agide region of Italy. As it is close to the Austrian border (South Tyrol) they share some customs and culinary delights, like this delicous cake. The cake is prepared with […]

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Easy recipe for Italian Easter Colomba

Easy recipe for Italian Easter Colomba

Written by on April 3, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Easy recipe for Colomba di Pasqua, the Italian Easter sweet delight What is Colomba di Pasqua and where it comes from Colomba di Pasqua is a similar sweet bread to Panettone and Pandoro, but it is made traditionally for Easter. Shaped like a dove, the bread is glazed and covered with crystallized sugar and unpeeled […]

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Regions

The best beaches in Liguria

The best beaches in Liguria

Written by on March 19, 2021 in Liguria, Regions

Liguria, a tiny region located in north-west Italy, is famous for its breath taking landscapes, picturesque hamlets and great cuisine. However, the most important reason that attracts every year millions of tourists from all over the world (apart from during the pandemic period of course) is its beaches. But they are not all the same, […]

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Discover the 8 officially prettiest inland villages in western Liguria

Discover the 8 officially prettiest inland villages in western Liguria

Written by on February 10, 2021 in Cities, Towns & Villages, Liguria

Let’s discover the 8 officially prettiest inland villages in western Liguria! Inland, away from the luscious sea side, western Liguria, i.e. the part between Genova and the border with France is a varied and relatively wild land of vineyards, olive groves, lemon trees and forests. It is a mountain landscape dotted with medieval towns and […]

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North West Italy: reasons to visit this region

North West Italy: reasons to visit this region

Written by on December 27, 2020 in North West, Regions

North West Italy: reasons to visit this region Now that we have produced a few articles and got the Good Life Italy site up and running I thought I would do a little summary of what we have discovered so far about the four regions that make up our region of North West Italy. Namely […]

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Recipe for easy zucchini and prawn pasta

Recipe for easy zucchini and gamberetti (prawn) pasta This recipe is a family favourite, even our 8 year old son adores it. It is also a good way to get children to eat some seafood and vegetables. When I started working with Alessia 15 years ago and was living in Italy for the first time, […]

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La Farinata: authentic Italian recipe

La Farinata Genovese – authentic Italian recipe La Farinata (or Cecina, Socca, Fainá) is a typical street food from Liguria, but you can find it all over Italy. It originated in Genoa and later became a typical food of the Ligurian coast, spreading also further afield to Nice, Sardenia and Isola d’Elba. This traditional Ligurian […]

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Meatballs in tomato sauce: authentic Italian recipe

Meatballs in tomato sauce, the authentic Italian recipe Meatballs or ‘polpette’ as the Italians call them, is a famous dish all over the world. The Swedish, Germans and Arabs all have their own versions and proudly include them in their gastronomic traditions. It is so easy to prepare, very versatile and also cost effective. In […]

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