Ciao Ciao,

Here in Val Pellice Piemonte the mountains are every shade of yellow, red, orange and green.

Our local Bobbio Pellice village fair was held last weekend, it was a much needed boost for our community! Sam takes photos for the village every year, I especially love this one of our normally shy neighbor Massimo unable to hide his joy at being back at the fair.

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(Currently I’m following 521 amazing people on Instagram!) Do you have some favorites? Tell us in the group! Here’s two of mine…

Danny McCubbin (@dannyforgood) - I have been loving Danny McCubbin ever since he came onto my radar with his 1 euro house project.

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Most of my instagram feed is filled with all things HOME and I am inspired daily!

Renée Wright

Hi Everyone! I am Renée, my husband Tony and I Iive near Pontremoli in the Lunigiana region of Tuscany.

We are South Africans who moved here permanently ten years ago. No, we didn't know anyone here nor do we have any Italian heritage, and yes we did not speak a word of Italian!

That's what loving Italy does to you - you just jump!!!

It wasn't a soft landing, but we have found a very firm footing indeed.

We are proud to say that we have established a home renovation/construction business called Lunigiana Renovations here from scratch after doing our own the hard way.

Today we offer a turnkey service from finding to handing over the house ready for rentals which we also manage.

We have found it necessary to be very flexible as we had no one to lean on, but it has served us well as we can advise others based on our very own mistakes over a wide range of issues.

We honour the specialised trades of everyone that we work with, but we act as a central referral point, understanding things from the inside out.

I even translate on building sites where our building teams are not engaged - somehow when the message has spread that I understand a building site, other builders did not mind that their "competition" is on site, greasing the wheels for a smooth running project.

Crafting out a simple but beautiful life here in Italy has been very hard at times, but being fully integrated members of the community socially and professionally is beyond wonderful.

We love it here - warts and all! We feel very fortunate.

Thank you Lisa and Sam for creating this special place where we can chat and share.


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