An Italian Passion – it’s in the blood

Italian Passion

Do I live with passion, are you kidding? My passion is travel, ever since I was a kid I wanted to get out and see the world. I blame it all on my love of reading and my families artistic bent that had me longing for a chance to view the greats first hand.

There was never any doubt that I would travel, I was the first of my siblings to leave Australia. I went for a ten week trip to England and stayed almost four years.

When once asked for a word that summed me up I chose “excitable” it’s sometimes exhausting being so passionate about life. That was until I met my husband Salvatore (or Sam as he is called in Oz). He had never left the country and was keen to go to China. That ‘s right, full on Italian family and he longed to see Asia.

It took us some time, a marriage and three children before we set off but we did it. There was never any doubt, I met my match another gypsy soul with an Italian passion.

Together we discovered a passion for renovating, which led us to an Italian passion. We have been renovating houses since we met, and now we are up to number fifteen in as many years. Soon we will be starting on our house in Italy. A big job but I can’t wait to get started.

Most of my friends think me a little odd as I’d rather be up to my elbows sanding, filling and painting than at the shops looking for the next pair of shoes.

Now, at last all my loves have collided. Art, photography, travel, writing, renovating, and singing loudly and out of tune in the car. Blogging has become my newest Italian passion. It’s intense, a way to connect with you all. Like having a great conversation with someone who loves the same things, and not wanting to stop.

The wonderful part has been meeting other bloggers who are equally passionate. I’ve made friendships I’m sure will last forever, that feel like the oldest of friends. 

I thought I’d share some with you, each one has touched my life and made it better, passionate, generous, incredible women….thank  you all. xx

Lisa ~ New life on the Road

Melissa ~ Suger Coat It

Carla ~ Carla loves Photography

Di ~ Di Mackey

Michele ~ Bleeding Espresso

Francesca ~ Postcard Pictures

Krista ~ Rambling Tart

Catherine ~ The Divorced Lady’s Companion to Living in Italy

apologies to the friends I have missed here, I’ll keep adding when I get the chance there are just so many of you. xxx

 Signatureand the gang x

dare to dream


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12 comments… add one

  • Anna January 24, 2015, 11:03 am

    I love your positivity! Much needed here in Italy! Congrats and hope to meet you soon!

  • Francesca Muir September 1, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Lisa thank you so much – I concur 100% – through blogging I have met some wonderfully creative, passionate people – people such as yourself who have changed my life for the better -who have given me permission to be ME! I can’t imagine life without blogging and without daily contact and I just loved that we were able to meet last year. Continue on your wonderful journey . Ciao Bella F xx
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    • Lisa Chiodo September 1, 2013, 5:33 pm

      I just love my life at the moment, things are falling into place slowly. We still need to find some way to make an income and then we’ll be set.
      I am thinking next year of traveling around Italy to meet up with all my Italian fb friends…an epic roadtrip xx
      So glad we met and it seems I’ve known you forever! Thanks again for letting me know about the links all fixed now.
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  • Melissa {Suger} December 7, 2011, 8:43 pm

    WOW. GREAT POST. Yes you have found your legs as a writer, my dear. Keep sharing your world with us. I for one, love it. Thank you for the mention.

  • Lisa Wood November 21, 2011, 12:08 am

    Hi Lisa,

    I love your passion – for travel, singing, renovating, blogging….life!! I love how you get excited, and how it must be in your blood :)

    So love following your journey to Italy, and so love that we got to connect.

    Would love to meet again really soon – and maybe one day we will travel to Italy as well :)

    So glad we got to connect. Thank you so much for your amazing support.


    • Lisa Chiodo November 22, 2011, 12:30 pm

      Lisa I am so happy I met you and of course we just clicked, everything you love in me is mirrored in you! There is no way I can imagine Italy without you all coming for a visit!
      I’ll give you a ring and we can make a time to meet up again.
      ciao bella and thank you for your support and encouragent

  • Caterina B November 20, 2011, 2:53 am

    Lisa, I am confused again. I am no longer getting notice of your new posts. I don’t know what happened.

    • Lisa Chiodo November 20, 2011, 6:37 am

      So sorry Caterina, not sure what’s happening either. Hope you are getting them now. Maybe try to resubscribe??
      let me know if you have any further problems and I’ll see if my tech friend can work out what’s happening.
      ciao for now and glad to see you back
      hope all is well with you
      lisa x

  • Cathy November 19, 2011, 1:58 am

    Un bacio grosso for you Lisa. I am so glad that we have discovered one another. I hope we get to meet in person one day!

    • Lisa Chiodo November 20, 2011, 9:39 pm

      I’m sure we will Cathy, I can’t imagine not!
      ciao lisa x


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