Sport & Adventure

The job of a school group ski instructor

The job of a school group ski instructor

Written by on January 26, 2021 in Blog, Sport and Adventure

The job of a school group ski instructor… In the winter of 2018/19 I did the BASI level 1&2 ski instructor course with Interski in Pila, Aosta Valley. Having somehow or another managed to pass the course I have so far done 4 week’s paid work with Interski as an instructor, looking after school groups […]

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Best hikes with a pushchair in Gran Paradiso National Park

Best hikes with a pushchair in Gran Paradiso National Park

Written by on January 2, 2021 in Hiking and Trekking, Sport and Adventure

Continuing on from our article where we mention our Best hikes in the Aosta Valley with young children and a pushchair, we would now like to share with you our favourites within the Gran Paradiso National Park. Apart from the magnificent views and unspoilt landscapes, the Gran Paradiso is also the place to go to […]

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Best family hikes with a pushchair in the Aosta Valley

Best family hikes with a pushchair in the Aosta Valley

Written by on January 2, 2021 in Hiking and Trekking, Sport and Adventure

Great family hikes in the Aosta Valley that you can do with young children or with a pushchair When we moved to the Aosta Valley in 2014 our younger son Marty was just 18 months old. Being in the Alps after living all our life in cities or the flat countryside of southern England, the […]

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Things to do

Visit the most magnificent castles in the Aosta Valley

Visit the most magnificent castles in the Aosta Valley

Let’s discover some of the magnificent castles of the Aosta Valley. Italy’s smallest Region has over 130 castles and stately residences dating from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and up to the early 1900s. Almost all of them can be visited and some also host museum collections. Driving along the valley at night with […]

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Discover the hidden gems of the Aosta Valley

Discover the hidden gems of the Aosta Valley

Although the Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy it has many hidden gems and places to discover. Here we show you 12 places that should be on your hit-list when you come to the Aosta Valley! La Grotta di Ghiaccio – Matterhorn Ice Palace, Cervinia, Valtournenche One of the most popular and well […]

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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Lombardy

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Lombardy

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Things to See & Do

What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. There are currently 1,121 such sites worldwide. UNESCO sites in Italy & Lombardia […]

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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

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 sale in Western Liguria, one of our favourite places. Matteo’s agency, […]

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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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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

  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. Eat, Pray, Love (2010) Julia Roberts falls in love not […]

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Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Heritage & Traditions, Italy Stories

Vespa & Lambretta – the Italian scooter twins Vespa and Lambretta, the iconic Italian born scooters that helped to shape the post-war world are not quite twins, as they were born a year apart. In 1947 and 1948 respectively. But they share the same DNA. A revolutionary design initially commissioned by industrialist, Signore Ferdinando Innocenti, […]

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Gastronomy

Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers

Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers

Written by on February 27, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Bagna càuda: authentic Italian recipe for anchovy lovers The first time we tried this dish was on New Year’s Eve when our friends Christian and Olympia prepared it. We curiously following the process while sipping some prosecco. Italians would typically bagna cauda during the autumn and winter month and it is often on the table […]

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Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers

Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers

Written by on February 5, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Nutella Nests: authentic Italian recipe for Nutella lovers This delicious Nutella recipe is quick and easy to make and perfect as a lunchbox treat and for Easter! History of Nutella Nutella was born in the Piemonte region of Italy after the World War II, when cocoa imports were disrupted and unreliable. Pietro Ferrero, who was […]

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Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert

Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert

Written by on January 29, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Carnevale Chiacchiere: authentic recipe for this Italian dessert Like most events in Italy, Carnevale has its own special dessert! During the period of Carnevale there is no celebration without some type of fried crisp dessert and the most popular one is called Chiacchiere (gossip). In English you might know it as “Angel Wings”, which is a […]

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Regions

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

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 La Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Liguria and Lombardia. We […]

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Great introduction to Lake Garda

Great introduction to Lake Garda

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Lombardy, North West, Regions

World famous and wonderful Lake Garda is located half way between Milan and Venice in the north of Italy. Its huge! Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian Lakes in terms of its surface area (370km/sq). 51km long and 16km wide at its widest point, the southern end. It is so big it belongs […]

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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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Recent Articles

‘IO APRO!’ – not the Italian ski resorts

Although it’s not yet official, everyone we speak to locally seems resigned to the fact that the Italian ski resorts might now remain closed for the rest of the season. As is the case all over Europe at the moment, the rules in the Aosta Valley and in the rest of Italy are changing almost […]

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Bombardino – a delicious drink for the Italian ski slopes

On past Collins family ski holidays in Austria the standard treat was always a hot chocolate with rum and whipped cream. In France, it was just a hot chocolate – couldn’t afford the rum. Or the whipped cream. Here in Italy it’s a Bombardino. To make one, the barman fills a little metal jug with […]

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Zabaione – perfect with a slice of panettone

A great dessert for using up the left over panettone As panettone keeps for quite a long time and is only available at Christmas we tend to stock up on this delicious cake. And there are several ways to use up a panettone other than just eating it plain. The other day we used one […]

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