• On a Personal Note

    Identity Crisis

    “Where are you from?” “How did you learn to speak Italian?” “What’s your story?” “So, are you American or Italian?!” These are some of the questions I’m faced with often here, but I honestly don’t mind answering them. My response…

  • Life in Italy

    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…

  • My Milano

    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…

  • Dear USA

    What I Don’t Miss About the U.S.

    Air conditioners. Target. Attentive waiters. Space. Lots of it. These are just a few of the things I miss about home (my loved ones, of course, go without saying!). The more time I spend in Italy, though, the more accustomed…

  • Life in Italy

    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…

  • On a Personal Note

    You Are an Immigrant

    You are an immigrant. You pondered it for a while. You packed your life in a couple of suitcases. You kissed your loved ones goodbye. You left your homeland. Then, You arrived in the States by boat, plane or foot.…

  • Dear USA

    The U.S.’ Obsession with War

    Growing up in the United States, the notion that ours is the greatest, most powerful country on earth has been ingrained into our impressionable, young minds since birth. As a child, I noticed nothing strange about pledging allegiance to a…

  • My Milano

    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…

  • Dear Italy

    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’…