An Italian Home – where the heart is

An Italian Home

Our Italian Home is something I carry around in my heart,

What is it that makes a place home? Why is the tiny dot that pinpoints our location in the world so important?

How does your home create who you are?

If you were Turkish, Malaysian, French, or an Eskimo would you love your home less than anyone else….How is it that we become so passionate about a bit of land and somewhere to sleep.

What binds us together as a species, could it be something as simple as “home”

You know I love the  rustic Italian home here, the history and tradition that is inscribed in the walls. Stories are what fascinates me. Who lived and died, laughed and loved within these walls.

I have no home, yes we live in a house, we have lived in many houses. We can pack up and be on the move at a moments notice.

Our dream is seen realized here at Borgo Di Vagli, the owners transformed the derelict buildings into a rich thriving community. The recreation of life within an Italian home….my passion also.

Over the years (it’s 40+) I’ve lived in over 20 houses with the longest time frame from birth to teen in my first family home.

We average a move a year and now we renovate each one so none of them feel like mine. Each is a neutral base for someone else to fill with memories. So in a way we create homes, set them up and send them off like a new puppy.  A labor of love in each one.

So whilst we have no home, we are happy with the thought that we may have created yours…..

title image~kees hulsen


6 replies
  1. Lisa Wood
    Lisa Wood says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Do you know when I was younger – we moved all of the time…and I didnt like it! Now I cant wait to be travelling everywhere and anywhere.

    I am in love….I am watching your Italy Movie and I love the place – its so green, The buildings are amazing – can I move there with your family? I love the community idea of Borgo Di Vagli – its perfect 🙂

    No wonder your home is Italy.


    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      It can be hard on children moving so much, I often wonder if we are doing the best for our children. I’m hoping they have our gypsy blood and it seems they do. Isn’t Borgo di Vagli just perfect, I am also in love and can’t wait to see it in person and meet the owners. You know you’ll have somewhere to stay and willing guides when you float the bus over to Italia…
      xxx lisa

  2. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    Lisa, your posts just get better and better. I love your take on ‘home’. I look forward to reading your posts every day 🙂

    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      Thanks Cathy, I feel that also. It is so freeing to just write each day and not over analyze. I see your posts developing as well. So glad we decided to take part. It’s keeping me on the hop and we’re not even half way through!
      ciao lisa x

  3. Ruth
    Ruth says:

    Love that video of Borgo di Vagli!!! How amazing! It looks like perfection!!

    Yes it’s funny how a sense of home is so important to us. Even the homeless like to have ‘THEIR’ spot under the bridge or on the bench. What is it within us that draws us to that, i wonder? Even for Gypsies like us- there is usually ‘something’ we carry with us, and that becomes your home…the one you carry with you. – In a box full of memories, or a necklace, a throw rug or an instrument. Whatever it is..we seem to need something to anchor our souls to….hmmm thanks for the thought provoking post. I’m off to ponder this.

    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      Isn’t it amazing Ruth, that’s what we would love to create at the village near our old house. To have people be able to come to that simpler life, and experience it fist hand.

      I do carry something with me, even if it is just something simple to make a place “mine”….happy pondering. Don’t forget to add your blog address when you comment, then I can come and visit you…
      ciao lisa


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