Dreaming in Italian
This site is dedicated to my love of food and wine and travel and my passion for encouraging others to indulge their taste buds and live their dreams. There will be lots of photography and recipes and vignettes about what it is really like to live in Italy, raise a family, and renovate TWO four-hundred year-old farmhouse's.
I am originally from San Francisco. I now live in Bonvicino (population 99). My purchase of Villa San Lorenzo began as a pipe dream. I was drawn to the region for it’s exquisite food, wine, and gorgeous views from every angle. The culture, food, landscape and people are magical. There is a true sense of “la dolce vita.” I check out airfares and train routes for fun and loves helping inspire others to live their authentic passion.
How did I come to live here? It’s a long story.
One month after moving to Paris in 2004, I heard from a friend who had bought a crumbling stone farmhouse in Spain "for nothing". I had always dreamed of renovating an old stone farmhouse in Europe after being hooked while reading a Year in Provence by Peter Mayle in the mid 1990's. On a weekend trip to Piedmont, Italy I found our rustica, Villa San Lorenzo (www.29vsl.com).
I restored Villa San Lorenzo with the intent to provide a peaceful and private retreat set within a short distance from great food, wine, the Mediterranean, and the Italian Alps. I then purchased a second property, Villa Bracchi, that has just been completely gutted and beautifully restored. I enjoy sharing all that Piemonte has to offer, guests have told me that the experiences they've had while visiting the region with me should be on everyone's bucket list! -Clay
Clay's photography services: www.claymclachlan.com
Villa San Lorenzo and Villa Bracchi: www.29vsl.com
Below are some of Clay's books filled with his photography!