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Lira: the currency of nostalgia and regret
Thursday, November 06TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
  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...
Taste of Italy
Tuesday, October 21TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
  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 ...
Expats In Italy
Wednesday, July 09TH, 2014 by
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...
The Art of Living in Italy
Wednesday, July 09TH, 2014 by
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...
Growing Up in Italy as a Foreigner
Wednesday, July 09TH, 2014 by
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...
  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...
Sunday lunches in Italy
Monday, May 12TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
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...
Building A Life In Italy
Friday, May 06TH, 2011 by
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 '...
How to Land an Au Pair Job in Italy
Friday, April 22TH, 2011 by
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...
Minorities in Italy
Thursday, December 30TH, 2010 by
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...

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