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Lisa and her husband began their journey by wanting to renovate an entire Italian village.
While that hasn’t happened yet (and isn’t one of their big goals anymore), they have managed to renovate a farmhouse or two in Italy.
When you listen to Lisa talk about the small village (max five families) where her family lives, it’s such a dream and will make you want to book a trip there right now.
Especially if you love organic vegetables and a simpler pace of life.
— How Lisa and her husband got started with renovations
— How they have managed to raise their children between Australia and Italy
— Why they left Italy in the first place and how they managed to return
— How her children have adapted to the Italian language after just one year
— Three methods Lisa is using to learn Italian
— Three Italian words/phrases that Lisa loves hearing and saying
— A glimpse into the daily life of Lisa and her family
My favorite articles from Renovating Italy
— La borgata – hamlet, small village
— Piemontese – dialect with a mix of French and Italian
— Calabrese – dialect of Calabria
— Padua – dialect of the Veneto
— Renovating Italy Meets House Hunters International (Full clip to come soon! Check on Lisa’s site for updates.)
Get to know Lisa
— Site: http://www.renovatingitaly.com
— Twitter: @RenovatingItaly
— Facebook: Renovating Italy
— Pinterest: Renovating Italy
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