Robyn lives in Sydney, Australia, but the lure of Italy (particularly southern Italy) is strong. This has manifested in some strange ways. She married an Australian-born Italian man whose family is from Sicily, she drives an Alfa Romeo, and over the years she has attempted to learn to speak Italian three times (this time seems to be working). Needless to say she travels to Italy as much as she can and has great tips to share with our Insiders.
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Founder of Travel Italian Style, Cassandra Santoro offers hand-crafted, authentic experiences in Italy. She grew up like many other Italian-Americans—helping Nonna cut the mozzarella in our family-owned pizzeria, pasta on Sundays and learning from Nonno how to grow the perfect tomatoes in a garden. Eventually she found herself experiencing the real thing in Italy, applying for dual-citizenship and moving to Florence.
Natalie moved to Rome from Southern California in 2010. At first, all the chaos of modern Rome made her less than convinced that this was the birthplace of la dolce vita. But after getting to know the city, she has embraced her adopted home and now blogs about what to see, do and eat in the Eternal City at anamericaninrome.com.
A tradition surviving generations……..
Today in the hills of Molise, where ties to tradition are still so strong, la serenata is alive and well – and during our Live and Learn Italian stay, we were so lucky to witness this really splendid event.
In days gone by, when a young man had set his sights and had a chance of being accepted, he would serenade below her window – encouraged and supported by other local lads and men. Sometimes the bride was quite surprised – and sometimes not very keen, so he might be greeted with a bucket of water!
I’m Lucia Mancini or “L’Americana” as my neighbors have coined me. Originally from Los Angeles but having Italy in my blood through immigrant Abruzzesi parents, I wandered to Italy with the intention of staying a “few” years. After meeting my Italian husband on a business trip in China, I decided to stay in Italy and have been here for over 17 years. I currently live in Chiusi, Siena but spend quite a bit of time also in Los Angeles. I am a wife to Alessandro, a mom to two lovely boys, a university business professor, a writer, and a blogger. I love gardening and spending time outdoors.
After 39 years as a sports, travel and food writer, John Henderson retired in January 2014 and moved to Rome. It was a one-way ticket.
He picked up where he left off after living for 16 months in Rome from 2001-03 where he wrote a book about his life as an expat, “American Gladiator in Rome: Finding the Eternal Truth in the Infernal City.” He currently freelances for various websites, magazines and newspapers and writes a travel blog, Dog-Eared Passport, at www.johnhendersontravel.com . He has traveled to 98 countries and won’t stop exploring anytime soon. He was born, raised and educated in Eugene, Ore., and spent from 1990-2014 at The Denver Post.
Ciao! My name is Eleonora Baldwin and I live in Rome, Italy. I was born in the U.S. and raised Italian, so that technically makes me a two-way expat.
Originally from Gainesville, Florida (Go Gators!), Elyssa was living in Boston when she met future Roman husband, Alessandro while on a trip to Rome in 1997. Married in 1999, they moved back to Rome from the US in 2001 and have been running their customer-service oriented B&B since then. After years of helping thousands of visitors plan their visit to Rome and get the most out of it, Elyssa started publishing the website www.romewise.com.
I’m a British expat, I moved to Italy from London in 1985! I’ve been married to an Italian/Swiss national since 1990 and have always lived in Como, half a mile from the border with Switzerland. I do various jobs for a living: English teacher, translator, freelance journalist, editor, photographer; I have published hundreds of travel, arts and general interest articles accompanied by my photos in numerous magazines, mostly inflight magazines, I like the idea of my stories flying around the world.