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christmas in italy

“Our Christmas in Italy has bought us unexpected gifts and moments to treasure" Lisa Chiodo Natale, or Christmas in Italy taught us many lessons this year. A peaceful Christmas, one without stress, with simple moments and even greater joy. The spirit of Christmas felt alive for me for the first time in many years. Not […] Read More

christmas in italy

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more." Dr Seuss What started as a little idea one night whilst feeling homesick has traveled around the globe, then all the way back to a tiny home in the mountains of Northern Italy. Christmas in Italy has started with […] Read More

christmas cards 6

'You may have the Universe, if I may have Christmas in Italy' The arrival of our first Christmas card had me thinking as I lay in bed last night. How will I make this Christmas special for the kids, and all I could see was them opening cards like I did when I was a […] Read More

Ferragosto

'You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!'  Dr Seuss  We have just celebrated the most important Summer holiday in Italy with our friends in their mountain home...Ferragosto. This is the house they use through the Summer months to graze the livestock and the cows, […] Read More

chestnuts old photo of farmers

Salvatore (Sam to anyone not in Italy) finished painting the walls of the Metato - Castagne (Chestnut) room... Notice the small door (top right hand corner), this is where the chestnuts would be put through onto the mesh for smoking. The walls are covered in a black tar like substance which the locals assure us […] Read More