Ligurian village gets first baby in 67 years

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Lissa di San Pietro is in Varaese Ligure. Photo: Cyril Doussin/Flickr
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The first baby in 67 years has been born in a village near La Spezia, in the northern region of Liguria, prompting celebrations in the hamlet which now boasts a population of six.

Francesco Isella was born in Lissa di San Pietro, a tiny village in Varaese Ligure, on September 24th, Il Secolo XIX reported.

Parents Michele, 42, and Sabrina Isella, 31, moved to the village five years ago from Lecco after being "bewitched" by the surrounding forest.

"We did not want to start a family in an industrial area, so we found this place and decided to change our lives," Sabrina told the newspaper.  

Soon after the move, the couple married at a church in nearby Costola, which had not celebrated a wedding for 50 years.

"Everyone in the village helped out," said Sabrina, a teacher of literature at a high school in Varese Ligure.

Her husband, who is unemployed, spends his days tending to the garden and chopping wood. 

"We do not have any problems," Sabrina added.

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Lissa residents said they saw the blue ribbon on the Isellas' house as "a sign of hope".

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