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Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a 5 star paradise on Lake Como

Written by on May 27, 2021 in Our favourite places to stay
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a 5 star paradise on Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a 5 star paradise on Lake Como I now know that there are some destinations in the World where really the only way to experience them properly is as a big spender and from the lap of luxury. And Lake Como is one of them. We have visited Lake Como on various […]

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Easy recipe for Polpettone alla Ligure

Written by on April 23, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes
Easy recipe for Polpettone alla Ligure

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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Discovering new winter sports in the Italian Alps

Written by on March 6, 2021 in Blog
Discovering new winter sports in the Italian Alps

Discovering new winter sports in the Italian Alps, Aosta Valley The recent announcement that the Italian ski resorts are now going to remain closed for the rest of the 2020/21 season due to Covid is obviously a big blow. For us as a family that lives in the Italian Alps and who love skiing obviously, […]

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What is it like sending your kids to local school in France and Italy – part 2

Written by on February 17, 2021 in Blog, Education
What is it like sending your kids to local school in France and Italy – part 2

What is it like sending your kids to local school in France and Italy – part 2 Our move from Northern France to Italy in 2014 was mainly driven by Anita’s job as export manager for AD Fashion, a family owned clothing producing company based in Torino. She had been working for them remotely for […]

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What is it like sending your kids to local school in France and Italy

Written by on February 6, 2021 in Blog
What is it like sending your kids to local school in France and Italy

Sending your kids to local school in France and Italy – part 1 We moved to the Aosta Valley in Italy with our two boys, Olly who was then aged 11 and Marty aged 18 months in September 2014 from a small village in the Pas de Calais, France called Inxent. Inxent is located 10 […]

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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

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

Written by on January 24, 2021 in Property, Umbria
A visit to Umbria: interview with David Lang, owner of Casa San Gabriel

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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‘IO APRO!’ – not the Italian ski resorts

Written by on January 16, 2021 in Blog
‘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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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

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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Great introduction to Lake Garda

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Lombardy, North West, Regions
Great introduction to Lake Garda

Great introduction to Lake Garda 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 […]

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