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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 those who are fortunate in having a job posting to Italy, and in which case, possibly assistance with finding accommodation amongst other things. And there are families, couples or single people who decide to move to Italy with no connections whatsoever. Whichever scenario you may find yourself, there is no doubt that each situation requires a fair degree of effort with a good
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 following information provides the nuts and bolts for others wishing to pursue an amazing experience similar to mine.
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 gli adulti, che siano appassionati di arte, di musica, di bei vestiti, di sport, di calcio, è certo che tutti quanti incrociano sul proprio cammino un riferimento al paese a forma di stivale, questo strano paese lungo lungo, con il suo Nord continentale, bianco delle nevi delle Alpi, e i piedi a bagno in un Mediterraneo ormai quasi africano.
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.
Painting the Undercoat:
Me, Myself: Partially cast in an Italian mould?
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.
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 Italians was a unique interlude to my Indian mindset.
List of Books about Italy
Generations of people have taken the leap that many of us only dream of by moving to Italy and emerging themselves in a completely new culture and way of life! These books encompass many different regions if Italy and the experiences that are born of living there, but there is a common thread among all of them. All of these authors are people who have developed a true love of their adopted homeland and couldn't imagine living anywhere else!
By Frances Mayes:
- Under The Tuscan Sun
- Bella Tuscany
- In Tuscany
- Bringing Tuscany Home
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 Rome is a fascinating world where stepping in dog doo on the street is good luck, and dogs are a part of life in the most unexpected ways.
Life in Rome as a Student
To describe life in Rome as a student or really as anyone is to try to define the infinite. The great thing about Rome is that it is indefinable. Rome can be love, stress, busy, peaceful, noisy, quite, quaint, urban, beautiful, dirty, etc. etc. It's almost impossible. Rome is a one of a kind city, way of living. To me, it's its own culture.
As a student from an Italian-American family coming to Rome to study and live on my own has been hard. Even though I am accustomed to the Italian culture, I still find difficulties. There are traditions to follow and rules to know. Like saying buongiorno and buonasera when you enter a shop or come home to your landlady. Or the fact that one is laughed at when you have cappuccino or caffe latte in the afternoon or evening. And of course there is no such thing as having eggs in the morning. I couldn't list all the rules they have here for eating! But they do love to eat good food.
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, or chatting in the middle of the street; blocking traffic. There is a law for mufflers to be kept down to a light buzz, but in the summer, the young guys replace the low buzzing mufflers with loud obnoxious attention seekers-and you forever remain in a mental frenzy! Nevertheless, the laws are never adhered to.
Italian Food Etiquette - Rules You Need to Know!
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, Italian have very few rules and most of those can be broken. For example, in Italy, there is no minimum drinking age to which there is any adherence (and imposing one would only encourage underage Italians to drink).
But the situation is the reverse when it comes up to food. Yes Italians do have eating rules!
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.
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 quitting his job and living in a box on a beach in Mexico. I was immediately skeptical, but secretly intrigued. Over time, we discovered we had a common interest in living abroad and learning another language. Fast-forward two years and we are enjoying our honeymoon in Mexico. Don't be alarmed, he did spring for a hotel suite.
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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, Ithaca, New York. 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