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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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.
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.
Tim TenClay lives in Sicily (Palermo) where he is a husband of one wife, father of two daughters, and pastor of three churches – two of which are bilingual and seeking to find a well-balanced integration of members from Africa, Europe, and North America.
I didn’t know what it meant to feel an earthquake on foreign soil. As a Californian, earthquakes happen regularly. You can say I am used to seismic activity but in Italy I have come to understand there is a massive difference and risk.
The decision to move abroad sets in motion a period of months of organisation and decision making. Many questions will be raised about how to orchestrate your move and what to take.
Your car presents one of the thorniest questions – is it better to take your car with you, or sell it and buy another set of wheels when you arrive in your chosen country?
It is time to start planning for the holidays, and while you might only think of Rome when the sun is shining it is still a magical place to visit when the weather is a bit chillier. An insider shares the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Rome in the Off-Season.