Sport & Adventure

Winter Sports in Aosta Valley

Winter Sports in Aosta Valley

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Other winter sports, Sport and Adventure

During the winter months the Aosta Valley offers winter sports for everyone. Whether you are young or old, beginner or expert, skier or non-skier. So, which winter sport would you like to try in Aosta Valley? Alpine skiing & snowboarding The first snow arrives normally at the beginning of November. The ski resorts tend to […]

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Skiing in Piemonte, Italy

Skiing in Piemonte, Italy

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Skiing & Snowboarding, Sport and Adventure

Skiing in Piemonte region in Italy,  you are spoiled for choice as it has a total of 1,255km of ski slopes served by 271 lifts located across 49 resorts. Torino hosted the Winter Olympics in 2006. International quality ski resorts can be reached in 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Torino, Cuneo […]

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Skiing in the Aosta Valley in Italy

Skiing in the Aosta Valley in Italy

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Skiing & Snowboarding, Sport and Adventure

Skiing in the Aosta Valley in Italy is a great choice! There are so many great ski areas and resorts in Europe, so what is it that makes the Aosta Valley worth visiting? It has a great winter climate with many sunny days and as good a snow record as anywhere. Single resort or multi-resort […]

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Things to do

A Weekend at Lake Iseo and Franciacorta wine area

A Weekend at Lake Iseo and Franciacorta wine area

Written by on October 23, 2020 in Things to See & Do

Lago d’Iseo & La Franciacorta Wine Area We go on a lot at The Good Life Italy about the Langhe wine region in Piemonte, and rightly so. But Lombardia has its own special wine area that is also a wonderful place to visit and get to know. The Franciacorta. The Franciacorta wine region is located […]

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A weekend of sightseeing in Torino

A weekend of sightseeing in Torino

Written by on October 9, 2020 in Cities, Towns & Villages, Things to See & Do

Torino is the Capital of the Region of Piemonte, one of the 4 Regions that make up Northwest Italy. The commune of Torino itself has a population of 870,000 whilst the greater metropolitan area of Torino is home to approximately 2 million inhabitants. Torino is an historic City that has its origins back in the […]

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A Cheap Family Beach Holiday in Western Liguria

A Cheap Family Beach Holiday in Western Liguria

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Seaside, Things to See & Do

At the beginning of July the demoralising Covid shaped summer term of home-schooling was finally finished. Italy was mercifully out of lockdown. So it felt like time to take ourselves and the kids off on a cheap little holiday to the seaside in Liguria to celebrate. So, how we achieve our cheap family beach holiday […]

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Goodlife Property

Traditional village house to renovate in the Piemonte wine country

Traditional village house to renovate in the Piemonte wine country

Written by on November 11, 2020 in Estate Agent’s Window, Property

Goodlife Property up and running as of today Goodlife Italy is excited today to present our first Italian property investment opportunity. Hopefully the first of many more to come! This one is a large, characterful and traditional house in the village of Mombaruzzo, in the beautiful wine hills of Piemonte. A manageable renovation project. Habitable […]

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What is it like living and running a self-catering villa in the Langhe?

What is it like living and running a self-catering villa in the Langhe?

Written by on November 9, 2020 in Piemonte, Property

  An interview with Richard Noble who together with his wife Allegra, owns and runs a beautiful guesthouse in the Langhe area of Piemonte called Villa Ribota. Richard, thanks so much for agreeing to share your story with us. What drove you to move to Italy and buy a guest house? It was 2012 and […]

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Tips to help you work remotely from Italy

Tips to help you work remotely from Italy

Written by on October 15, 2020 in Property

Remote working  A report the other day said that thanks to Covid, only about 13% of office workers in London are now back at their desks. Desks that before lockdown they were obliged to occupy for 8 odd hours a day, 5 days a week. It’s a similar story in the other big cities throughout […]

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Italy Stories

A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

Written by on November 14, 2020 in Aosta Valley, Italy Stories

An interview with Tom Durham – skier, mountain biker and entrepreneur, who lives with his wife Lorna and daughter Sadie in the lovely village of Gressan in the Aosta Valley Tom, thanks so much for agreeing to share your story with us. What brought you guys from Scotland out here to the Aosta Valley There […]

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Using your Moka to make an ‘almost’ espresso

Using your Moka to make an ‘almost’ espresso

Written by on October 7, 2020 in Italy Stories

  For a proper espresso, go to the Bar People have given me espressos made with their home or office espresso machines but it is never nearly as good as the ones served in the average Italian bar. At home it’s the Moka For coffee at home we have relied for years on a trusty […]

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Four more reasons to be in Italy

Four more reasons to be in Italy

Written by on October 7, 2020 in Italy Stories

So, here are the 4 more reasons why you should spend more time in Italy: Weather Yes, the weather in Italy is significantly warmer and dryer than in the UK and the rest of Northern Europe of course, which is brilliant. But it is also just as variable, maybe more so, which I think is […]

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Gastronomy

Italian recipes from our local friends – La Zuppa alla Valdostana

Italian recipes from our local friends – La Zuppa alla Valdostana

Written by on November 13, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes

The origins of La Zuppa alla Valpellinentze  This recipe comes again from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady. Anita kindly offered her help in teaching me some typical Valdostana dishes. The other time we made Frittelle delle mele, and now we are preparing La Zuppa  Valdostana or or its more common name in Italy […]

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Italian recipes from our local friends – Apple fritters

Italian recipes from our local friends – Apple fritters

Written by on November 4, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Apple fritters – frittelle di mele This recipe comes from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady. She is always bringing us plates of warm apple fritters, as well as lots of other goodies from her garden. Yesterday afternoon I got to hang out with her in her kitchen and she showed me how to […]

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Italian recipes from our local friends – Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese

Italian recipes from our local friends – Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese

Written by on October 30, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Pumpkin risotto with goat’s cheese – Risotto alla zucca e formaggio di capra This recipe comes from our local friend Olimpia who also happens to be our neighbour. She is an expert in making all kinds of risottos, pasta dishes and desserts. We are sharing this recipe because pumpkin risotto is a perfect dish for […]

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Regions

The Beautiful Piemonte Wine Area of the Langhe

The Beautiful Piemonte Wine Area of the Langhe

Written by on October 6, 2020 in North West, Piemonte

A drive from Aosta to Alba From our home in Aosta it is an easy two-hour drive to the historic Piemonte town of Alba, capital of the world-famous Langhe wine area. We have made several trips to Alba and relish the change of environment from Alpine to something more typically Italian. The drive down from […]

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North-West Italy at a glance

North-West Italy at a glance

Written by on October 3, 2020 in North West, Regions

North-West Italy So what does North-West Italy have to offer as a place to live or to visit on holiday? Firstly there’s the Mediterranean Sea. Secondly you have the high Alps. Thirdly it is an area of stunningly beautiful and varied countryside. It has fantastic local food produce and a favourable climate means it can […]

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Tourism in the Aosta Valley

Tourism in the Aosta Valley

Written by on July 1, 2020 in Aosta Valley, North West

The Aosta Valley currently attracts a total of around 1.1 million tourists every year, resulting in approximately 3.1 million night-stays. Not bad for the smallest Region in Italy, with a resident population of just 120,000! Mind you, there is plenty of space to go round. The Aosta Valley has the lowest population density of all […]

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Recent Articles

A love story – me and my stufa

A love story – me and my stufa

Written by on November 3, 2020 in Blog

It was the best euro 2,000 I ever spent and the wisest decision I ever made when I bought our burgundy red, 10 KW Ravelli wood pellet stufa back in 2014, when we moved into our apartment in Gressan. Sitting there reassuringly in the corner of the living room, next to the tele. He has […]

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Top 5 restaurants in Bergamo, as recommended by our local friend

Bergamo – restaurant heaven When we lived in Bergamo we loved walking around in the town centre. It is a very friendly and easy going place with great downtown shopping. The cobbled stone streets were also great for helping Olly to fall asleep in his pushchair. We have some lovely memories of evening drinks or […]

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Aperitivo – what is it?

Aperitivo – what is it?

Written by on October 26, 2020 in Gastronomy

What is an aperitivo According to the definition, an aperitivo, from the Latin ‘aperitivus’ (that opens), is a drink, usually but not necessarily alcoholic, that you have before eating, which is designed to ‘open you up’ to a feeling of hunger. Torino – birthplace of vermut and the aperitivo The ancient Greeks and then the […]

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