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Best family hikes with a pushchair in the Aosta Valley

Written by on January 2, 2021 in Hiking and Trekking, Sport and Adventure
Best family hikes with a pushchair in the Aosta Valley

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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Bombardino – a delicious drink for the Italian ski slopes

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Gastronomy, Vino & Aperitivo
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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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Lombardy

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Things to See & Do
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Lombardy

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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Zabaione – perfect with a slice of panettone

Written by on December 28, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
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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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 La Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Liguria and Lombardia. We […]

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A great traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu

Written by on December 23, 2020 in Gastronomy, La Cucina Italiana, Recipes
A great traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu

What do Italians eat on Christmas Eve – La Vigilia? Dishes and traditions at Christmas are very different throughout the Italian Peninsula. In the North, a Christmas lunch on the 25th is a must. But in the Centre and in the South, Italians celebrate on Christmas Eve with a “Cenone della Vigilia” with all the […]

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Authentic Italian recipe for Le Crespelle alla Valdostana

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Authentic Italian recipe for Le Crespelle alla Valdostana

Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady prepared for us this week a dish called Crespelle alla Valdostana or crêpes Valdostana. In Italy they prepare stuffed crespelle in the oven (as if it were baked pasta) as first course or as a single dish. In some regions of Italy, like in Abruzzo, crespelle, known locally as […]

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Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Heritage & Traditions, Italy Stories
Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

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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Authentic Italian recipe for La Carbonada with polenta

Written by on December 21, 2020 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Authentic Italian recipe for La Carbonada with polenta

  Yesterday at home we prepared another delicious Valle d’Aosta recipe from Nonna Anita, our lovely neighbour and landlady – Carbonada with Polenta. Italians in this part of the country often have a carbonada for their main dish on Christmas Day. The dish was originally made using beef meat preserved in brine or salt. This […]

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Best Christmas present ideas from Italy

Written by on December 16, 2020 in Italy Stories
Best Christmas present ideas from Italy

Some Italian Christmas present ideas Since travel is so difficult or even impossible at the moment, why don’t you bring a piece of Italy to your home this Christmas? Italian Food Italian gastronomy is one of the most loved all over the world. At Christmas, the choice is even wider with the delicious Panettone, Pandoro, […]

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