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Lover of all things Italian!

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Italy.

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Lover of all things Italian!

Post Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:16 pm

Hi! I am new to this site. I lived in Naples when I was in the first through fourth grades, the years were...around 1963/64 - 1968? My father Air Force and stationed at the NATO base. My memories were always so wonderful of our time in Italy. Mom and Dad have since died and I took my family back to Italy in the summer of 2003...we did all the tourist sites - Rome, Castle Gandolfo, Naples (Arco Felici and Pozzouli), Florence and Venice. It was two weeks of heaven! Needless to say I left a piece of my heart in Italy! I have since separated from my husband and my children (ages 12, 17 and 20) want to go back and perhaps stay for several months...perhaps down the road a permanent stay might be possible! Any suggestions or words of wisdom would be appreciated! We currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I look forward to hearing from any other Italian Lover....

 

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Re: Lover of all things Italian!

Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:51 am

Jackie,
You don't say what part of Italy you would like to be, or for how long you/your kids would like to stay for. I understand that for Americans to come here for any length of time is quite a daunting task with regards to documents, permissions etc.


Is it just your kids, or you too? I live in northern Italy near Lake Como, but being English and part of the European Community the requirements for me were different.
You could try the www.expatsinitaly.com site. Their forums are very good regarding your type of information request.
Good luck,
Carole


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Re: Lover of all things Italian!

Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:20 pm

Hi Carole! I am open to all of Italy, although I prefer not to be in the high tourist area...the move would definitely be myself and at least 2 of my 3 boys. The older boys are 20 and 17, my youngest son is 12. As I have researched I am beginning to realize the large amount of preparation time to accomplish this. I am looking at the summer/fall of 2006, hopefully! This might just be a short visit with a move later....I am in the early stages and flexibility large part of my attitude!
Thanks again for your reply!
Jackie Hayes
Charlotte, NC

 

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Re: Lover of all things Italian!

Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:58 pm

Hi Jackie,
Well I live up in northern Italy - in a wide vally (the Valtellina which leads to Sondrio) in the midst of the Alps. I don't like the real heat all the time, that's why I'm happy here. I've been visiting this area for the last 40 years, so feel quite at home here.
I'm only about 25 miles from the nearest Swiss border which leads to St. Moritz (about 43 miles away). I often pop up to Switzerland for the day - petrol is much cheaper there..... The life here is good. But it will, I'm sure take ages for you to be able to come over, even for a fact finding visit.... That's why I suggested you look at www.Expatsinitaly.com It's a super site that helps 'loads''of people like you to understand what is needed.
But perhaps the most important thing is to give yourself/yourselves, a 'trial run'. The change is a huge culture shock, and what about the kids schools/jobs?
Up here near Lake Como (I can't see the lake from my place - houses with lake views are way out of my league, unless they're the size of a matchbox), there are areas which abound with tourists, just as there are areas like my area, which are not geared totally to tourism. I can go and 'sit lakeside' for a coffee or aperitif and watch the world, and the tourists go by. That's enough for me.....
Do give Expats in Italy a try, I think you'll like it!
I'll look out for you here and on that site. It's free to register.
best wishes,
Carole


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