A Little Bit About Us...

Ciao I'm Lisa Chiodo, the creator of Renovating Italy where we share our life living in a medieval Borgata at the foot of the Alps in Northern Italy.  Together with my husband Sam (Salvatore) and our two children Carina and Luca we are creating a simple life living way outside the box.

We bought the cheapest house in Piedmont...

Back in 2013 we literally googled 'cheapest house in Piedmont' and then bought it, at  only 8 thousand euro plus costs it came to a grand total of 11 thousand euro. We now live a simple life in Italy without a mortgage, growing our own food and sharing our life to inspire others.

Over the past 15 + years we have renovated multiple houses in Australia, completing both cosmetic and structural renovations. This is our second renovation in Italy, and we are here to show you it is possible to create a life in Italy without spending a fortune.

Featured on House Hunters International we want to inspire others to follow a dream. Ours was to move from Australia to Italy, and we made this dream come true. We have now opened our home to guests so that others can experience life at Borgata Malpertus in the comfort of our Loft Apartment

If you are looking to make your own 'Italian Dream' come true and want advice on property then be sure to get in touch.

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  • Visit us on Facebook for all the daily goings on at Borgata Malpertus.
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Life Mapping Italy - Starter Kit

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the project

Creating a Simple Life - So how does it work?

Making the move to Italy

"Never give up on something you can't go a day without thinking about!"

All things Restoration

"True restoration takes patience, subtlety, skill, and grace."

A Simple Lifestyle

"The best things in life aren't things!"

The Facebook Group

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