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  • Buying and Selling property in Italy - A Team Endeavor

    Published January 15th, 2016 by Donald Carroll
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    A dynamic couple from Chicago found a villa they wanted to buy in Montepulciano, Italy. Their real estate agent there had them sign a Proposta di Acquisto (offer to purchase) to send to the seller giving the price they wanted to pay and had them make out a check for Euro 5,000 in the name of the seller. The seller accepted, collected her check, and the deal became irrevocable. The agent asked the couple for his fee of 3% of the purchase price and they paid.

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  • What to do w/your Expat Child in Summer?

    Published January 9th, 2016 by SuperCamp Italy
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    Or…what I did last summer. Bringing 21st Life Skills & Learning to kids 10-18!
    By running the only Quantum Learning SuperCamp in Europe.

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  • La Befana Vien di Notte....

    Published January 5th, 2016 by Susie White
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    Tomorrow is the Epiphany, a legal holiday in Italy. But, thanks to Italian folklore, this holiday is more than likely called ‘La Befana’ by most people. The Befana, an old lady who flies on a broom the night between the 5th and 6th of January, brings gifts to good children and pieces of coal (sugar) to those that weren’t quite so good.

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  • Winter Festival in Molise

    Published December 19th, 2015 by Jenifer Landor
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    Unique to Agnone, in alto Molise, this winter festival of fire is celebrated on the 8th of December and on the 24th. La “Ndocciatta is believed to have originated during the Samnite era (one of the pre-Roman Italici tribes finally subdued by the Romans at the Battle of Colline Gate in 82 B.C.) when torches, or ‘ndocce’ were used during tribal shifts that usually took place at night, as s source of light.

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  • Expat Spotlight: Natalie’s Top 3 Tips for Rome

    Published December 7th, 2015 by Natalie
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    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.

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  • A wedding tradition still alive today

    Published November 7th, 2015 by Jenifer Landor
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    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!

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  • Scambio in Italy - More than an Exchange

    Published November 3rd, 2015 by John Henderson
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    Scambio is Italian for “exchange.” I meet an Italian who wants to learn English. We talk Italian for an hour and then English for an hour and correct each other along the way. However, one of my first language lessons in Rome was how to ask for said language lesson. Technically, scambio in Italian vernacular usually refers to a sexual swap. I tried calling it a scambio di lingua but while lingua means “language,” it also means “tongue.” That became problematic — and a bit dangerous — when asking women.

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  • Lucia Mancini's Top 3 Tips for Chiusi (and surroundings)

    Published October 22nd, 2015 by Lucia Mancini
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    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.

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  • Falling Back

    Published October 22nd, 2015 by Susie White
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    Remember that this Sunday, October 25th, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time in Europe, so set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

    As usual, the US will ‘fall back’ one week later.

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  • Cooking (and speaking) Italian style

    Published October 5th, 2015 by Jenifer Landor
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    So many people are learning Italian – incredibly it is the 4th most studied language! Mostly this is just for the pleasure of communicating on holiday trips to Italy, and although it might seem easy, it just isn’t – but there is no better way than to take some time to study in the country itself and immerse yourself.

    So, let your inhibitions fly out the window and get practicing. Really the best thing to do is to find a place where no one speaks English, and then engage in an activity.

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