John P Brady, Sicily

Sicily, for some a paradise island, for others a place to emigrate from, for me it was my new home. I sketch this to give the reader some idea of the cultural differences and challenges that might face an expat on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. I struck out alone for Catania, Sicily at the … Read more

Amy Lucinda, Puglia (Southern Italy)

I moved from the UK to a small town in Southern Italy (Puglia) to take a position as an English teacher in a private school. I’ve been living here almost 2 years. Living in a small town, there’s a distinct lack of expat activity! My boss and my two colleagues are native English speakers, but … Read more

Jill Pennington, Emilia Romagna region

My name is Jill Pennington, I am 44 and have been living in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy for 8 years. I was born in Holmfirth West Yorkshire. My husband and I decided after renovating a house in the UK that we would like to try out a renovation project abroad and we thought … Read more

Andrew Smith, Turin

My name is Andrew Smith. I moved to Turin Italy in 1998 together with my wife Maria. Maria is of Italian origin and wanted to return to Italy and I was enough to be transferred by the company I worked for at the time to their Turin office. What challenges did you face during the … Read more

Sarah and Tony, Piemonte

I am Sarah, married to Tony. We have a daughter (Axa Elisabeth, born 2005) and a son (Raj Dominique, born 2007). We are originally from San Diego. I home-school our children and my husband does marketing for an Italian company. We first moved to Italy in 2008. Tony is of Italian descent, and I’ve always … Read more

Stef and Nico, Oltrepo Pavese

I am Stef (male, 50 years of age, only just), married to Nico (male, almost 60), both born in The Netherlands and a couple since 1985 (prehistoric times). We moved to Italy in 2008 after staying at Pavia for half a year, for reasons of study (medieval history). In these 6 months we found our … Read more

Carol and Tony Evans, Arco Felice

We are Carol & Tony Evans, both British and come from Hull in northern England and we have been married for 28 years. We have two Chinese Chow Chows. Tony has a son to his first marriage that lives in France with his partner and two children. Before leaving England, Carol was a doctor’s receptionist … Read more