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A Letter from Paolo Nascimbeni - Founder of Life In Italy


I moved to the US in 1987 to finish my studies in computer science in upstate NY in Ithaca. After graduation, in 1989, I moved to the Washington DC area. I go back to Italy five times a year and I constantly talk with Italians and Italian companies for my business. Even though I left Italy several years ago, I am up to date on the life styles in both countries. A disclaimer: since I was born in Italy, my views are somewhat biased toward Italy!


Expats Living in Italy

Below please find a series of articles written by expats living in Italy. In Italy as an Artist was written by Leanne from South Africa.  Growing Up in Italy (as an Indian) is a beautiful insight onto Italian living from the eye of a child, and a description of how the Italian way of life has shaped the author's character.

In Italy as an Artist  | Growing up in Italy (as an Indian)


Below is a short story by Kristy about her visit to Italy:


I have been to many other countries in Europe, but Italy is by far the best. We flew to Fiumicino airport and one of my friends that lives there (native Italian) picked us up. If you ever have the chance to have a personal guide to Italy, take it, they know everything in and out, everything to see, and all of the cool underground stuff.

We had major jet lag, but we were in Italy! We went to a coffee shop immediately. I had a panini sandwich and wow it was the best thing I have ever had, along with a cappuccino, which was amazing. The server who made it for me, put a smiley face on it: that shows how friendly Italians are. I was never once treated with disrespect there. In total we spent two weeks in the country. We went to all the sites to see, clubs, and we also drove to the Amalfitan coast, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.

It is amazing how much Italy has to offer. The place I keep in my heart the most from that trip is Villa d'Este, in Tivoli: they have beautiful gardens, statues, and wonderful scenery. Oh! and girls the Italian men are the most gorgeous in the world! Go to clubs, or just walk down the street and there you will be sure to find hot Italian men. I am blonde and when I was there everyone kept saying how they liked my hair. It was different, but it was an experience. Public transports is pretty good and if you're in a city, you can get everywhere with it: it's cheap and goes everywhere. Overall, my trip to Italy was one of the best experiences I have ever had! Italy is beautiful, has the best food, most fun, and the hottest guys!


Did you really manage to park there?!



Tuesday, March 24TH, 2009 by Guest

I grew up in Santa Cruz, California. A place of surfing, beach parties and Italians. Santa Cruz was founded on the Italian fishing industry. As a young lass in my first employment, I used to sometimes drive out to the wharf before work and sit with the Italian fishermen, just back from fishing all night, for coffee and a pre-work laugh. They treated me like their daughter, bought me breakfast and coffee, always telling me to eat more. Once when walking my dog through De Lavega Park, the annual Italian picnic was in full swing, long tables filled with scrumptious food, wine, squealing children and laughter. Before I knew it, I was pulled in, sat down and food piled on my plate. I felt I was part of a family full of love and warmth, as only the Italians can do. At 23, I left America with a packpack and set off across Europe. I loved it. I looked about 16 though I had 23 years under my belt already, so when I hit Italy, the owners of the Pensions where I stayed, so worried about a ‘young girl’ traveling alone (they refused to believe I was 23), constantly foisted their relatives as chaperones when I ventured out at night, and fed me, always insisting I was too thin. I eventually opened a mo-ped business in Greece, moved around and ended up in England where I raised my two wonderful children. I have traveled the world extensively but have returned to Italy countless times, being the place that captured my heart. Now, at 55, I am determined to find a little place to rent and retire in Italy, perhaps making myself useful to someone teaching English to their children, who knows, but for me the perfect way to die is to eat myself to death in Italy which by far tops anywhere else on this planet for food, wine, weather and – most importantly – warmth of the people.

Tuesday, June 21TH, 2011 by Guest

i hope live in italy

Friday, September 30TH, 2011 by Guest

Living in Italy is N.O.T.H.I.N.G. like just visiting there. As with so many things in life, the reality is nothing like the dream, sadly. And those who actually believe that the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" has ANYTHING to do with the reality of being "la straniera" in Italy are buying into one big Hollywood fairytale. I lived there for 18 months and there are many things about Italy I love, love, love...other things, not so much.. but those who expect to experience Italy the same way they do as when they go for a visit are in for quite the awakening.

Tuesday, October 04TH, 2011 by Guest

 I like Italy, I am in a very far away country from Italy but I am daily working with my Italian partner. I really like their behavior.
I wish I have a chance to Italy.

Thursday, April 05TH, 2012 by Guest

i have been travelling and working around Italy for the past year. I now live in Bologna. Living here depends on your strength of charector, attitude. Italy beats England. food, wine. beautiful buildings and beautiful men to look at ;) always makes me smile. beautiful. Warm people. when you want to live a dream, it's not suppose to be easy, but it's those that stick it out that find happiness, there have been a few times when it was really tough and I seriously thought about coming back to England, but i'm glad I didn't, dolce vita :)