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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

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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Great introduction to Lake Garda

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Lombardy, North West, Regions
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 is so big it belongs […]

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Why you should buy a ski property in Pila

Written by on December 17, 2020 in Estate Agent’s Window, Property
Why you should buy a ski property in Pila

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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Luxury last minute present for Christmas – a luxury Spring break on Lake Como

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Things to See & Do
Luxury last minute present for Christmas – a luxury Spring break on Lake Como

Lake Como – perfect for a romantic weekend A few weeks ago we posted an article about stunning and glamorous Lake Como. So easy to get to from Milan and a wonderful place for a romantic weekend. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Spring offer The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of Como’s most beautiful, sophisticated […]

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A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

Written by on November 14, 2020 in Aosta Valley, Italy Stories
A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

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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