What is it about the Italian Dream?

Italian Dream

‘Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life

Anna Akhmatova

It’s there instantly, the flash and widening of  the eyes, pupils dilate. The slight movement towards me almost imperceptible unless you watch for it. At the service station filling up with petrol, at the supermarket chatting to the person waiting behind me….everyone I meet!

It’s the recognition of a dream….an Italian Dream

We’re moving to Italy, we bought an old house in the mountains to renovate.

It only takes those few words and the dreams pour out, a long held dream to travel the world, to see the sights and taste the life seen only in movies. The myth of  “Under the Tuscan Sun” is savored, that gorgeous guy from the movie “Eat Pray Love” is drooled over  then compared to the reality of current partners who may not be quite so romantic.

What hope do our men have, really?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to travel the world.

As a child I dreamed big, a pirate Princess in search of treasure, an acrobat in the circus flying high without a net. Dreaming big, is something we all do, mostly when we are children.  So when did we start to dream safely, or not at all?

Curious nature, art lover, gypsy soul, fascinated by people, an avid reader, adventure, challenge, new language, new people and new culture…I crave these things.

Who knows why, maybe just in my blood…my brother never left Australia and only left the state to see car races in Queensland….who knows? I bet my Grandmother had a dream…my Great Grandmother (who is the woman in the photo above), what were her dreams?

Now her great, great grand daughter is on her second passport and has seen more of the world than all of the women in my family…

Most only just dream. I want to be sure in my final years I didn’t say “I wish”, or “I should’ve done” no matter what the dream is I plan to fulfill it!

My Italian Dream will come true.

It’s the same for coming to Italy, it is my dream.

[Tweet “We are willing to risk, we want to learn, we want to see new lands and hear different languages. “]

I could never live happily in one place forever, the world is just too wonderful to miss.

You only ever get one life, so don’t be afraid to Dream Big and pursue your dream.

How about you, what is your Dream?

Could it be an Italian Dream?

Signatureand the gang x

dare to dream



13 comments… add one

  • kama October 24, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Lisa, so beautifully written! I was ready to pack and go with you! Yes we need to dream and we need to get outside of our comfort zones in order to truly experience what life has to offer. Congratulations 🙂

    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 10:20 pm

      Hey Kama, thanks so much for that. How are your travel plans going? I think you will be well outside your comfort zones very soon. I loved doing the group project with everyone, so many wonderful posts to read. It’s impossible to keep up with everything I’d like to read. ciao lisa

  • Rita October 24, 2011, 10:52 am

    I dream to travel overseas and I will go I want to see England Scotland Ireland and Wales to start

  • Rita October 24, 2011, 10:50 am

    I so want to travel more, To see Italy, France but most of all I dream to see England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
    Yes I will get there.

    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 10:58 pm

      Hi Rita, no doubt you’ll get there! Your website is really interesting, do you know Lisa Wood? Where are you based?? Sorry lots of questions, off to have another look at your site.
      ciao lisa

  • Debbie Ducic October 24, 2011, 8:09 am

    I SO identify with that dream Lisa! LOVE the way your passion comes through! Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in Italy! I have been in the italian alps several times and they are ruggedly beautiful! The rows of grapevines we saw were just gorgeous. It is a magical place and I don’t blame you for wanting to experience life there! Good for you to have the gutZ to go after your dream!

    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 10:41 pm

      Hi Debbie, I loved your post for the group project! And my little boy saw the photo of the shed and said it looks like a dinosaur. The alps are just spectacular and in our first house we lived at the base of Mount Viso which some people say was the mountain used for the Paramount pictures logo. I remember the first time we flew over the Alps it was breathtaking, so vast . I love seeing our children becoming aware of the world outside the safety of home and school…I can’t wait to see the reaction when they are in a country where they don’t understand the language. They are just a joy. ciao lisa

  • Jackie Stenhouse October 24, 2011, 7:43 am

    What a fantastic dream you have to move to Italy and so happy for you that you are persuing it. I love your phrase ‘So when did we start to dream safely, or not at all?’ You are right, most of us have dreams but the size of them vary. My dream is to live on a boat traveling the beautiful islands around the world – hoping to get there.

    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 10:45 pm

      Jackie what a wonderful dream, I am already enrolled! I think the size of the dream doesn’t matter (or if it comes true) just to have that dream that lights you up is a start. I would love your dream, wind in the hair, sea spray on the face….only trouble is I can’t swim so that is me out!
      Happy Sailing….
      ciao lisa

  • Lisa Wood October 24, 2011, 11:08 am

    Oh wow Lisa that is magical…your dream to travel to Italy sure is in your blood!! I love how you know what your dream is all about, and how you cant wait to embrace your dream…the best part of your dream is that your readers get to experience all of it while you share your travels 🙂


    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 5:06 pm

      Thanks Lisa, even though our dream of Italy is so strong there is something special about living in the moment. I make sure I don’t miss the magic that is happening day to day around us…especially the funny things the kids say, how they laugh, Carina and I giggling in the kitchen as we send Daddy a text in the next room and hear him laugh….I think that is what unites us as bloggers, the wish to share, to reach out and connect. I know I have found this with your gorgeous family.
      ciao bella

  • Melissa @Suger Coat It October 24, 2011, 9:54 am

    Beautifully written. And so very true. It captures you somehow. For sure.

    • Lisa Chiodo October 24, 2011, 5:16 pm

      Melissa I can just see us in our tutu’s wandering through Italia.
      I have a little of my brothers ashes to sprinkle over the Grand Prix track at Monza. The rest are at the sixth turn patiently waiting for Albert Park to roar to life next Grand Prix. He never did get to use that passport he ordered… “Life is short…order dessert first” my Mum always told me!
      love Lisa


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