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  • The Magic of winter wedding in Europe

    Published February 12th by Giuliana Ronchi
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    In Europe venues and supplier charge a premium during summer months as every couple rush to secure dates across June, July and August. Is a summer wedding all it is cracked up to be though? Many of Europe’s cities and countryside towns boast gorgeous back drops and stunning venues, however, with the uncertainty of summer weather, it can be difficult to plan for all weather occasions!

    Winter Weddings are on the up with couples all over the World opting for the ambience of winter months and cosiness of venues where candle light can really make an impact and the smells and warmth of the season flow through the air, rosying your cheeks and making your guests get lost in your own little haven. Here are our top 5 reasons for preferri...

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  • Photographing An American-Italian Wedding Abroad

    Published February 8th by ErinAbroad
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    In September, I went to the wedding of a childhood friend in Italy. Never would I have thought that my friend Maria, from rural California where we played in creeks and rode horses, would be marrying an Italian man in the high fashion streets of Milan.

    A day before the wedding, I learned I would be one of the wedding photographers since there would not be an official photographer. It’s a good thing I enjoy photography and have a good camera!

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  • Best Cities for Food & Wine in Sicily

    Published January 27th by ErinAbroad
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    Sicily often gets forgotten when planning a trip to Italy. It’s true it isn’t quite as famous as Rome or Venice, but you’ll want to consider a trip to discover everything this island has to offer.

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  • Why Choose an International School?

    Published January 19th by PSS International Removals
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    When you move your family to a new country, choosing the right schools for your children can be one of the most difficult tasks. Learning about an unfamiliar education system and finding answers to your questions can be tricky, especially if there’s a language barrier.

    Many countries allow expats access to school places within their own state system, but another option to consider is sending your child to an International School.

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  • Learning the Local Language

    Published January 10th by ErinAbroad
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    When you become an expat, you have a lot to learn. Not only are you confronted with an unfamiliar location with its own environment, climate, culture, and people, but most likely a different language, too. If you are not fluent in the local language, you might end up feeling like an outsider. Listening to a conversation, you feel like you’re watching a movie without any sound: you might get the gist of what is going on around you, but you don’t understand everything.

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  • Non ci sono problemi! - No problem!

    Published December 24th, 2016 by Stef Smulders
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    In 2008 we moved to Italy and bought a house to start our B&B Villa I Due Padroni. This post tells how we found the house, an adventure on its own …

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  • Helpful Tips when visiting Vatican City

    Published December 19th, 2016 by Evelin Gutierrez
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    You are headed to Rome! On top of your list for places to visit is Vatican City, the smallest state in the world and centered in Rome. Hopeful to see Pope Francis or go to the Vatican museum when you’re there? Here are some helpful tips when visiting.

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  • Expat Spotlight: Valerie's Top 3 Tips for Basilicata

    Published December 19th, 2016 by Valerie Fortney
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    My husband and I moved to Basilicata about five years ago, a sort of “reverse immigration” to the land my grandmother’s family left about 100 years ago. We love the rugged landscapes and incredible hospitality, along with a slow Old World lifestyle that is quickly fading (even in other parts of Italy). It’s the kind of place where neighbors help each other, give from their gardens and wine cellars, and hold tightly to their traditions while being “modern” too.

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  • Dating in Rome

    Published December 12th, 2016 by John Henderson
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    If “Roman Holiday” dealt with true romance in Rome, the scene would have Peck ogling another woman on the sidewalk, Hepburn performing a fair imitation of the Heimlich maneuver and Peck careening his scooter right into the Trevi Fountain. They’d surface scratching and screaming, two soaked, soon-to-be ex-lovers wondering why they keep putting up with each other.

    John Henderson shares what he has learned about dating in Rome.

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  • Thanksgiving in the Etruscan Countryside

    Published November 30th, 2016 by Susie White
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    Americans living in Italy, no matter our differences, seem to have one thing in common: we all miss Thanksgiving. Our Italian friends are also quite fascinated by our holiday and all of the incredible (and unusual to them) foods and recipes we prepare. Since the fourth Thursday of November (for some very odd reason, wink wink) isn’t a holiday in Italy, I’d say most of us who actually do celebrate Thanksgiving, do so on the weekend.

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