How To Learn The Language In Italy

If you are going out to beautiful Italy in order to live and work, you may be asking how easily you will be able to communicate in English, or whether you will need to be fluent in Italian. We will answer some of these questions below.The official language of Italy is Italian. This is a […]

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Italy’s Rainbow Cuisine

If Italy is home to such an extraordinary variety of flavours, tastes, and aromas, it is because Italians know how to make the best of what nature offers and can transform just about anything into a culinary delight, unequalled in the world.From the Alps in the north to its most southerly island ‘Lampedusa’ [did you […]

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Autumn Arrives In Tuscany

After ten days in England, it was such a relief to get home to Beautiful Tuscany and to find that our local village of Fiano has won back the coveted banner having been victorious at the annual Calambur event! Bravi to all our lovely Italian friends who participated! This event is a bit like the […]

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How Might Italy’s New Eco Tax Affect Expats?

Italy’s newly minted eco-tax for cars, approved by the country’s upper house of Parliament, is causing quite a bit of confusion.Introduced as part of the country’s budget plan, the ‘eco-tax’ appears to be generating more questions than answers. Is it a tax? A bonus? A rebate? A subsidy? What exactly is this tax and what […]

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How To Eat Gluten-Free In Milan

Italy is without a doubt one of top pasta-consuming locations in the world, and the northern city of Milan is no exception.But before we dive into how to eat gluten-free in Milan – or anywhere else in Italy, for that matter – let’s take a closer look at gluten itself: what it is and why […]

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A Guide To Popular Meetup Groups In Florence

Living abroad can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be isolating at times, especially at the onset when you may not speak the language fluently or haven’t had a chance immerse fully into the culture.Making friends can be a challenge, which is why meetups are so important for those who have relocated to […]

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What Do The New Driving Regulations In Italy Mean For You?

In the latter quarter of 2018, Matteo Salvini successfully pushed for a controversial package of new laws to come into effect, ostensibly to make it more difficult for asylum seekers to find refuge in Italy. However, there are also consequences for other expats living in the country. Here, we shed light on two of the […]

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How Long Does It Take To Become Fluent In Italian?

"A different language is a different vision of life." —Federico Fellini Italian, a romance language originally descended from Latin, is believed to have spread across Europe in the 14th century, following the popularity of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Today, there are about 67 million Italian speakers in the world—a large portion of whom are living within […]

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The Best Places To Watch Outdoor Cinema In Rome This Summer

On balmy summer evenings, Rome’s Piazza San Cosimato is positively buzzing with activity and excitement. As the sun sets on the quintessentially Roman neighbourhood of Trastevere, the main square is where residents and visitors alike gather to partake in one of the most highly anticipated events of the season: Rome’s open-air cinema.Fortunately, San Cosimato isn’t […]

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Homeware Shopping In Abruzzo – A Guide For Expats

Abruzzo is a region to the east of Rome, characterised by majestic mountain ranges, rugged coastline, charming medieval villages and vibrant city centres. When it comes to purchasing things for the home, shops such as Pescara, L’Aquila, Teramo and Chieti offer outstanding options to meet almost every shopper’s need and budget. Department Stores Department stores […]

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