• Personal Space, Staring and Sexism: An American’s Grievances about Living in Italy

    In two days, I’ll have been living la bella vita for exactly one month. Although I’m very familiar with the Italian way of life, there are still some societal norms and aspects that I always have a hard time accepting. Since I enjoy reading similar lists from expat and travel bloggers, I thought I’d create my own. Keep in mind that sharing the below does not in any way mean that I completely hate Italians, or living here! These are just my opinions and observations as an American-born, Italian-made woman now living in Italy. Let’s get started! 1. Disregard for personal space This has to be my biggest pet peeve while living in…

  • My Story of Becoming an Italian Citizen

    The day I received my Italian citizenship was, I kid you not, probably one of the happiest days of my life. I decided back in 2014 that I eventually would want to move to Italy; so, that fall, I began my research on how to become an Italian citizen. There are several avenues through which to obtain citizenship, but the following are the most common: Ancestry, or iure sanguinis (a Latin phrase meaning ‘by right of the blood’) Marriage, or iure matrimonii Residency I was eligible through iure sanguinis, a popular option for many Italians all over the world. Luckily, both of my parents were Italian citizens at the time…

  • Why I Moved

    I was 17 when the thought of moving to Italy first crossed my mind. It was August of 2008, and I had just spent three wonderful weeks on vacation traveling the boot with my family—stopping briefly in Venice, then making our way down south via the regional and Frecciarossa trains to visit my grandparents. This was not my first time in Italy, as my parents had been bringing my brother and me to their hometowns nearly every summer since we could wobble on two feet. This was, however, the first time I fell head over heels in love with Italy. I can’t even pinpoint what it was that made me…