Life

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
italian eating rules
    Italian Food Etiquette - Rules You Need to Know!     Italian Eating Rules: Formal Plates Setting     Americans have all sort of rules and laws they follow, such as rules involving queuing (an art technique perfected in Singapore where the queue is king). By contrast, Italians have very few rules and most of those can be broken. For example, in Italy, there is a minimum drinking age but it's not really respected. Situation changes
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
    On the 15th of January 2015, Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo, captive for 5 months in Syria, have been freed.   The news come a week after the terrorist attacks on Paris, where almost 20 people have lost their lives, in a moment when Europe has been heavily reassessing its anti-terrorism policies. The Old Continent has come to terms with the fact the jihadist threat has been growing from within, with a rising number of European citizens joining terrorist forces to destabilize the
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
italian lira
  In 2002, all EU member states abandoned their national currencies to embrace the euro. It has been 12 years, yet, in Italy the lira is still dearly missed: if we count the nostalgic, one may believe the change happened only a few months back.  Truth is the lira had been our own currency since 1862, a symbol of the long desired and painfully achieved unity of the country that had only taken place a few months earlier, in 1861. Up to then, each state in the peninsula had its own currency, the
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
taste of italy
  I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Please Check out our new Expats Forum   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
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Living in Italy - A Sea Analogy   by Leanne, a South African Artist and Expat   The art of living in Italy is comparable to painting the sea while swimming in it. Imagine the waves washing over your paper and spreading the paint in sublime ways you would never expect! Think of sparkling water! What you experience here is either bright crimson or deep, ultramarine emotion. What you learn here is to listen, to taste, to see with magnified intensity.   a Roman Vespa
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Me, myself: partially cast in an Italian mould?   Me as a young child, in Italy   When people hear of Italy, their thoughts drift to romance, gondolas and Venice. When I hear the word Italy, my mind evokes a familiarity with the day-to-day life of Italians, memories of personal experiences that are, very simply, a part of me.   They say that experiences gathered in the formative years of one's childhood remain deeply entrenched in one's personality 
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
  Generations of people have taken the leap that many of us only dream of by moving to Italy and immersing themselves into a completely new culture and way of life. The books below are the literary mirror to the experiences of those who did take the plunge and decided to live the dream: set in many different regions of Italy, they describe the experiences that are born of living there and they all have one thing in common: their authors are people who have developed a true love of their
Monday, May 12th, 2014
C'era una volta,  once upon a time, seems to be the most fitting of all expressions to describe what the simple yet, at the same time, lucullian beauty of traditional Sunday meals in Italy used to be.  Today, only a handful of families in small villages probably still dedicate time and effort to organize what once was a staple of Italian society, the pranzo domenicale. Grandmas, nonne, with the help of other women of the family, would prepare amazing, delicious traditional meals, in what can
Friday, June 1st, 2012
First Hand Information about Being an Au Pair in Italy At this time last year I knew very little about Italy and not much more about being an au pair or nanny for that matter.  I didn't speak or understand a word of Italian, I couldn't cook pasta, and my fashion sense was minimal. Despite my lack of knowledge in certain areas I was willing to learn. Now, one year on, I love Milan, and my initial one-year nannying contract has turned into an open-ended "will I ever leave" scenario. The
Friday, June 1st, 2012
From India: Six Years in Italy The urge to travel, to go beyond known horizons and the curiosity to mingle and experience varying lifestyles is universal. Fortunately, I have been given many such opportunities. Some of my most pleasurable moments remind me of my six years stay in Italy, from 1975 to 1980.   I must admit at the outset that it was my first home in the western world. Although I had earlier visited Venice as a tourist, setting up a home in this country and living among
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A New Life in an Old City My husband and I are not trust-fund babies, nor self-made millionaires, but like many, we dreamed of living outside the U.S. In August of 2001, after much discussion, research, and planning, we boarded the airplane from Houston, Texas with only the allowable two bags each. We arrived in Rome, Italy the following day to begin what we refer to as "The 21-Month Plan." When I first met my husband-to-be, I overheard him musing about
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dog Watching- Italian Style The flight from Minneapolis to Rome was barely underway when I felt the first symptoms creep in. By the time the credits rolled on the in-flight movie, my fear was a full-blown condition - doggie withdrawal. This was supposed to be the adventure of my life in Italy, but could I really go nine months with no canine companionship? If the first few hours were any indication, then no, it didn't seem that I could. But I did survive the flight, and soon discovered that
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Success on building a life in Italy really depends on your own particular situation and amount of input from yourself to strive towards achieving your own personal goal.  People move to Italy from 'all walks of life'.  Many have an Italian spouse with a good knowledge of the language and 'workings' of Italy, and family still residing on Italian soil.  This, I'm sure must be the more simpler scenarios towards building a new life in Italy with a bit of a 'head start'.  Of course also there are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
All Too Common Noises  Noises belt out, bedeviling Italians, what rest is to be found in an Italian city? Old ladies shout to the neighbors, and the worse part is they shout back! Each and every one adds to Italy's noise pollution. When motor scooters approach, the vibrations are nerve-racking and roads and houses vibrate. Where is the silence? The streets can turn into chaos within a wink. Everyone seems to know everyone, expressions include; the honk of a horn, a yell out the window,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Minorities in Italy (Map from www.europeanunionmaps.com) In the past few decades, things dramatically changed in Italy in terms of immigration and illegal entries. This issue, which until the 1980s seemed to be only a problem for the United States, rapidly and like an oil spill, hit the Italian coastline with violence. It all started during the Cold War, with people escaping the tentacles of the Soviet block. The Polish arrived, waiting for a pass to America or to be legally admitted to Italy
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Living in Milan It only took me a week to realize the trackies belonged back in the suitcase, and I shouldn't have even brought the sandals. The hoody could be kept at a pinch, but only for around home. It's an unwritten dress code, but one that I felt obliged to adhere to if I had any hope of fitting in. bycicle in milan In Milan, 'fashion capital of the world', the locals set the standard...and it's high. Very high. Add to that, the high prices, high pollution levels, and relatively
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Life in Italy, vivere in Italia. L’Italia è un paese bellissimo, e per certi versi un po’ difficile. Senz’altro è uno dei paesi più noti al mondo: Venezia, la Torre di Pisa, il Colosseo, il Papa, e poi il mare, la Ferrari, la pizza e gli spaghetti… Non esiste forse bambino al mondo che non abbia almeno una volta sentito parlare dell’Italia, e che non sappia raccontare o disegnare almeno una delle meraviglie del Bel Paese. E tanto più