• Turning a New Leaf

    Ciao, it’s been a while (again)! I’ve been neglecting this blog of mine for a few weeks now… partly because I’ve had little free time; partly because I’ve had not a clue what to write about. In the time since I last posted here, I’ve been hired full-time by an online platform for tourism and leisure; and, it’s been both extremely overwhelming and incredibly exciting. Remember when I wrote this back in June? Well, it was during that period that I began feverishly applying to countless jobs in both familiar and new industries, sometimes for roles that I had absolutely no qualifications for. (One of them being my current job!) Honestly,…

  • Five Practical Ways I’ve Improved my Italian

    Learning another language is an incredibly stimulating, yet challenging experience. The beauty (and pitfall) of language learning, however, is that you’re never really quite done. In my case, for example, my family began to teach me to count in Italian at the tender age of two. During my formative years, I took Italian courses all throughout high school, eventually majoring in the language in college. After graduation, though, I was no longer considered an “Italian student”; it was, then, entirely up to me and my will to continue learning Italian. While I have significantly improved since college, I still commit basic errors every day–using the wrong indirect object pronouns, conjugating verbs…

  • My Thoughts on Milano’s Modern Renaissance

    THERE’S A HOT NEW destination—a cultural, culinary and style center—trending in northern Italy. It’s called Milan and it’s been hiding in plain sight for decades beneath its reputation as “Italy’s industrial capital” with countless references to its factories belching gray smoke over gray buildings in gray weather. That is how Andrew Ferren began his article titled, “Italy’s Hottest New Destination? Yes, Milan”, recently published in The Wall Street Journal. The end of the second sentence transports me back to the first time I visited Milano. Since then, the city has changed tremendously, and–although the grayness never truly goes away–the evolution of the city has been remarkable to witness. It was a…

  • The ‘Ass’ in Mass Tourism

    Ciao! It’s been a while. After three weeks in New York and a 10-day vacation in Sardegna, I’m back in Milano and ready to write. Well, actually, I returned to Milano last weekend and have been pretty uninspired to post anything… …until now! I have been wanting to discuss this here for a long time, but was incapable of transferring my feelings to paper (or, in this case, to the white box on my computer screen). When writing a caption on Instagram about a city in Sardegna the other day, the topic came up and I found myself getting a little carried away; so, I thought it’d be best to…

  • I Changed My Mind…

    A little under two months ago, in the midst of my existential crisis, I published a post titled “26 and Careerless“. We hadn’t yet moved into the city, and I was still feeling quite homesick and unmotivated. I had ultimately decided that the only careers I was qualified to pursue in Italy were either teaching English or becoming an au-pair/nanny. There is high demand for mother-tongue, twenty-somethings for both jobs, and–although I have five years’ professional experience and am fluent in Italian–I was still adamant that these were my only career options here. A couple of months ago, I wrote on Instagram how I miss reading books and that I…

  • What It Means to Be a Woman in Italy

    Being a woman in this world is tough. Being a woman in Italy is…. eye-opening (and not in a good way). Many Italian males are often referred to as mammoni, or “Mamma’s boys”; yet, ironically, it’s these same men who feel it is perfectly okay to disrespect and degrade women they do not know. Now, I am perfectly aware that not all Italian men behave in the same manner, and I am not claiming that Italian men are far worse than those in other countries. However, ever since I first moved here in January of 2016, I have been noticing troublesome behavior exhibited by both Italian boys and men alike.…

  • 20 Tips I Wish I Knew When I First Moved to Italy

    Despite having vacationed countless times (and studied abroad once!) in Italy, I can’t tell you how many times I felt like a complete foreigner when I first moved here two years ago. Vacationing and living in a country are very different, a piece of advice I had heard often growing up, but I had to discover it for myself back in 2016. Now that I’m back in Italy for round two, this time as a citizen, I surprisingly feel at times more Italian than I do American. Below are 20 things that I’ve learned and mastered about life in Italy/Milano after having lived here for a total of 14 months: 1…

  • Five Gelaterie Worth Visiting in Milano

    “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but–when they stay–it’s for the same two things.” “What?” “Love and gelato.” -excerpt from Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch While that’s not the case for everyone who visits Italy, it certainly was for me! (I’ll also throw in fresh pasta and Nnapulitan’ pizza while we’re at it..) However, this post today is solely dedicated to the creamy cousin of ice cream, and–more specifically–the best places to find it in Milano. Now I’m neither a gelato connoisseur, nor someone who has tasted the product of every single gelateria in the city, but I guarantee your taste buds will squeal…

  • 26 and Careerless?

    When I was a pre-teen, I considered 26 “that age”–I imagined myself married with two kids, living in the suburbs and pursuing a fulfilling career. Well, in three months I turn 27, and have to confess that my current life resembles not even one iota of my childhood expectations. I remember vividly watching Friends as a child every Thursday at 8pm on NBC. After the show ended in 2004, I was gifted the special edition DVD collection, and–ever since then–I’ve repeatedly watched the entire series over and over and over and over again. (If you can’t recite almost every line to every episode, we can’t be friends; no pun intended!) This…

  • Five Reasons to Move to Italy

    Last week, I shared five things I despise most about living in Italy. I realize I may have ruffled some feathers with that post, and also might have come across as ungrateful and cynical; but, I refuse to conceal the ‘ugly’ of moving abroad. As I wrote in a recent Instagram caption, “Living in Italy isn’t always sharing-a-plate-of-spaghetti-with-your-lover-while-someone-plays-the-accordion, or riding-a-Vespa-down-a-seaside-mountain-on-a-sunny-day glamorous”. However, there are two sides to every coin; so, today, I share with you five reasons why you should move to Italy. (Again, these are just my opinions and observations as an Italian-American living in Italy.) 1. Pizza, pasta & gelato Enough said. Food, whether cooking or consuming it, is an…