Almond Granita & a Puglian Paradise

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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This is dreamboard style shizzle ‘cause during peak season these rates are absurd at over 2k a night. But DANG — there’s a whole lotta sizzle in this shizzle. Borgo Egnazia has won numerous awards like #1 resort in Italy, and happily bounces on the lists of the top stays in Europe (it’s like a small town with 6 restaurants). It’s a destination in itself, but then again, Puglia is a destination to roam more than once. I love this area — forever enchanted every time I’m there.

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Lucca Real Estate

I’m just gonna keep going with the Italian real estate, ‘cause, c’mon —  there are just too many gems to keep to myself. This beauty is in Tuscany. It’s a three-bedroom just outside of Lucca. I love Lucca — such a central place to live and it’s a gorgeous walled city. This Tuscan location has access to the countryside, the sea, and amazing cities like Florence. This is a lot for sale in Lucca right now. Here’s a link to this listing.

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Castles & Cheese

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Castello

So, my husband is from Italy. He’s from a town called La Spezia. A never-in-the-guidebooks kind of place. It’s a port town and although it’s surrounded by incredible coastline — like the Cinque Terre (where we met) —  the city itself isn’t the attraction. My husband grew up in a middle-class neighborhood, and if you know anything about Italian culture you may also know the idea of “you can work hard to accomplish your dreams” is not very Italian. That’s more a North American version of upward mobility that doesn’t really resonate in Italy. You just are happy to have a job, and if it’s a posto fisso that means you’ve won the lottery. So I find it hilarious that my husband, who has been living in my culture (Canada) for 15 years — has adopted a lot of “Americanized” ideas. Like drive-thru’s (he had never seen one before) and the work-hard-and-you-can-achieve-anything underpinnings of “The American (Canadian?) Dream”. So now I see the saved castelli and immobile di prestigio on his real estate searches. Because we plan to buy property in Italy one day (soonish) we’re always looking. You can see some of these places that are in English on the luxury real estate site Romolini of which this photo was taken from — advertised between $1-2 million. (Which just happens to be the price of a garden shed in Vancouver.) Continue Reading…

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