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Poem: A Rose Has Thorns

Poem: A Rose Has Thorns

A homage to all the women who have lost their lives at the hands of the men they loved. A Rose Has Thorns by Brenda Shoreman Our eyes met across a crowded roomThe smile he gave me made my heart go zoomIt wasn’t long before he was standing by my side,Our conversation was deep and […]Read More

Guidance for UK drivers in Italy

Guidance for UK drivers in Italy

Update Nov. 22, 2021 Source: Gov.uk Guidance for UK drivers in Italy Italy You will need to take a test to exchange your licence. If you have been resident in Italy for more than 12 months then you can continue to use your valid UK licence until 31 December 2021. If you are resident in Italy after […]Read More

Going With the Flow of the Holidays

Going With the Flow of the Holidays

Karen Rigatti, Certified Professional Counselor in Milan shares her insights and some tips on keeping calm during the holiday season. Some welcomed wisdom, especially appreciated in the current, topsy-turvy era of dealing with Covid-19. The song tells us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the hap-happiest season of all.” It’s the holidays!! Are you ready? […]Read More

Photo Gallery: The Colors of Autumn Day Trip to Lake Como from Milan

Photo Gallery: The Colors of Autumn Day Trip to Lake Como from Milan

The Milano Culture Club by Easy Milano & Milano Style organized a fun, autumn event. On Novemebr 21, 2021 we went for an easy hike in the hills above Lake Como along the legendary Sentiero del Viandante, The Wayfares’ Trail with qualified excursion guide and host Elena Pettinicchio of Taste & Travel Italy. The Wayfares’ Trail is […]Read More

Living in Italy: Third Dose of the Covid-19 vaccination

Living in Italy: Third Dose of the Covid-19 vaccination

Our inbox is full! As an online publication for expats living in Italy, vaccinations for foreigners, the green pass, and questions about the covid-19 third dose come to us frequently. In this article, we try to answer some of your questions. This is not intended as medical advice, always consult a physician. Click here to […]Read More

5 tips on How to Adapt to Italian Culture

5 tips on How to Adapt to Italian Culture

Moving to a new country can be tough for anyone, but it’s especially hard if you don’t know the culture. Adapting to living in Italy can be a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. Italians are labelled as being loud, expressive with their hands and late to appointments, but guess what – expats are stereotyped too! […]Read More

Covid-19 Policies for Travel to U.S.A. from Italy

Covid-19 Policies for Travel to U.S.A. from Italy

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (November 4, 2021)  On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, […]Read More

Expats in Italy: John Murphy, the most Scottish Italian in town

Expats in Italy: John Murphy, the most Scottish Italian in town

John Murphy has lived in Italy for over 45 years. He has seen history unfold and has overcome the obstacles many expats face while trying to integrate into Italian society. He built a career, raised a family, reinvented himself and was the first to publish an expat guide in English for international residents living in […]Read More

Reader Questions: Can I go to San Siro Stadium with my CDC certificate?

Reader Questions: Can I go to San Siro Stadium with my CDC certificate?

Dear Easy Milano, Hello! I have a doubt regarding entrance into San Siro Stadium with my CDC card. Although all the Italian official health authorities have validated the American CDC card as an equivalent to their green pass it still doesn’t have a QR code. I am going in November to Milano to watch some […]Read More

The Department of State Announces Construction Award for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

The Department of State Announces Construction Award for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

The Department of State has awarded Caddell Construction Company LCC of Montgomery, Alabama the construction contract, managed by Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), for the new U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy.  SHoP Architects of New York is the architect. The approximately 10-acre campus will provide a secure, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Milan and across northern Italy. In addition […]Read More

How to get the Green Pass for Travel to Italy and in EU 2021 (October update)

How to get the Green Pass for Travel to Italy and in EU 2021 (October update)

updated 14/10/2021 The Green Pass (digital travel pass) Since June 15, within Italy to travel to another EU region for non-essential reasons such tourism, travel between regions and to attend some events such as trade fairs, conferences and ceremonies (even weddings) will require  a “green pass” proving you have been vaccinated or recovered within the […]Read More

5 Fashion Accessories for an Italian Look

5 Fashion Accessories for an Italian Look

Living in Italy, not only in Milan where fashion and design are prominent, you will notice that Italians have a natural sense of style. As an expat coming from a culture that values comfort over couture, it is normal to feel like you don’t “fit in”, especially when you show up to a party in […]Read More

Italian Halloween Traditions & How to Celebrate in Milan

Italian Halloween Traditions & How to Celebrate in Milan

Halloween, celebrated October 31st, is a fairly new entry on the Italian festivities calendar. All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1st is a recognized holiday, therefore, shops, schools, banks and businesses are closed, making Halloween the perfect party night. Many say that Halloween celebrations in Italy started in the 80’s and 90’s when foreign students […]Read More

Living in Italy: You’ll need to get a SPID digital identity

Living in Italy: You’ll need to get a SPID digital identity

If you are planning to move to Italy, you will find that there is a sea of bureaucracy to navigate. One item on the essentials list is a SPID id. What is SPID? SPID stands for Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale (SPID), Public Digital Identity System and is a digital identity. Made up of an […]Read More

From Success to Happiness: Being Happy is More Important than Being Special

From Success to Happiness: Being Happy is More Important than Being Special

People About Town, Expats in Italy Olya Novikova sat with Easy Milano and shared her story of leaving Russia, becoming a world ranking tennis pro, then a top executive at the Walt Disney corporation and finally finding the path that led her to fulfillment and happiness as an Ayurveda wellness consultant, therapist and life coach […]Read More

Speaking Dante a 24 Hour Reading of The Divine Comedy in Support of Refugees

Speaking Dante a 24 Hour Reading of The Divine Comedy in Support of Refugees

24 hours. 100 cantos. Live in Florence. Streamed across the world.  A once-in-a-lifetime live reading of The Divine Comedy marking the Dante 700 anniversary 13th-14th September 2021, Cinema la Compagnia, Florence, Italy and streamed online J. Productions, Milan in association with Cinema la Compagnia, Teatro della Pergola, the British Institute of Florence & The Florentine […]Read More

Who lives longer: grandparents or non-grandparents?

Who lives longer: grandparents or non-grandparents?

Grandchildren are generally regarded as enrichment for the life of older people, according to new research by the University of Cologne. The study, conducted by Professor Dr Lea Ellwardt, Karsten Hank, and Carlos Mendes de Leon, investigated whether life expectancy differs between people with and without grandchildren. The researchers analysed data of 27,463 people aged […]Read More

Covid-19 updates September 2021: information for tourists to Italy

Covid-19 updates September 2021: information for tourists to Italy

Regulations for visiting Italy Last updated: Sept. 1, 2021 In brief: Remember to complete a passenger locator form upon entry into Italy. A Green Pass, digital proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, is required to enter most public buildings, venues and events. 5 day fiduciary quarantine for UK travelers to Italy has been lifted […]Read More

Italian Summer Wines

Italian Summer Wines

Italy is among the top romantic destinations in the world. It is a country where you can get swept away by pastoral countryside, quaint seaside villages, idyllic islands, ancient historical sites, and best of all, good wine. Romance awaits in Italy.  You do not need an explanation to see that Italians are very passionate about […]Read More

French & Romanian female business leaders join forces to advance Gender-Balanced Leadership with global network

French & Romanian female business leaders join forces to advance Gender-Balanced Leadership with global network

French & Romanian female business leaders join forces to advance Gender-Balanced Leadership with global network PWN Global, the leading global organization of female professionals advancing gender-balanced leadership across business and society has elected Co-Presidents Nadine Castellani of Lyon and Virginia Otel of Bucharest to lead the network in its crucial post-pandemic journey ahead.    This […]Read More

How to Make Your Home More Italian

How to Make Your Home More Italian

Italian home décor is not really what you see in the glossy magazines. Although romantic and perfect for a summer vacation, most homes in Italy do not look like Tuscan country houses or Milanese lofts. Most residential homes in Italy are in towns and cities and living in an apartment is more common that owning […]Read More

Italy: Mandatory Green Pass & Extended State of Emergency

Italy: Mandatory Green Pass & Extended State of Emergency

23/07/2021 – After careful deliberation, and much debate, the Italian government has decided to make the “green pass” (digital proof of recovery, vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test) mandatory to enter some public venues and events. The new rules were announced by the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) yesterday evening. From […]Read More

Online Poll Results: Possible Mandatory green pass, how do you feel about it?

Online Poll Results: Possible Mandatory green pass, how do you feel about it?

We asked Easy Milano readers how they feel about the possible “green pass” for socializing in Italy. Here are the results. (MILAN – July 19, 2021) The Italian government is considering following in France’s footsteps and imposing the use of the “green pass” (digital proof of recovery, vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test) not only […]Read More

Mariangela Zappia, Italian Ambassador to the United States & AmCham Honorary President

Mariangela Zappia, Italian Ambassador to the United States & AmCham Honorary President

Mariangela Zappia has been appointed as the first female Italian Ambassador to the United States of America.  Mariangela Zappia, 61, will be the new ambassador in Washington D.C., a key role for relations between Italy and the United States. Zappia had already made history as the first Italian woman to hold the position as ambassador to NATO […]Read More

Sunday July 11, 2021 Trenord Railway Strike in Lombardy

Sunday July 11, 2021 Trenord Railway Strike in Lombardy

The strike will disrupt weekend tourism. Do not make plans to travel by train on Sunday July 11, 2021. Trenord, the railway management company of trains and transportation in Lombardy will be on strike. Although Trenord principally manages the system in Lombardy, trains of other railway companies circulate on the railway network of our territory […]Read More

8 Best things about being an expat in Milan

8 Best things about being an expat in Milan

Living in Italy for many is a dream come true. After visiting the romantic villages of il bel paese, strolling the cobbled stoned streets of charming little hamlets of ancient, medieval towns or shopping in Milan the fashion capital of Italy, it’s hard not to fall in love with the country and its people. For […]Read More

Florence’s San Marco Museum, where mystical faith and classical knowledge meet

Florence’s San Marco Museum, where mystical faith and classical knowledge meet

Taking a step back in time to the Florentine renaissances and the heart of Italian art and mystical knowledge with principal fellow Joanna Mendelssohn of the University of Melbourne. In 1981, I visited the San Marco Museum on my very first visit to Italy. I had been totally overwhelmed by the volume and concentration of […]Read More

9 Ways to Learn and Improve Your Italian

9 Ways to Learn and Improve Your Italian

Italian is a complicated language, but it shouldn’t have to be an on-going struggle. Below we outlined some fun and useful ways to learn and improve your Italian language skills. Although Italian is necessary if you plan on living here, it is a fun language to learn even if you only want to stay temporarily. […]Read More

When to start teaching a second language to our children

When to start teaching a second language to our children

Yelly Hernandez, PhD of Linguistic Sciences at the University of Paris shares her studies and opinions as a mother and linguist to help answer the question “When should children start learning a second language?” Families of young children who emigrate to another country, who are going to spend a long time abroad or who are […]Read More

A Message from Jill Morris Her Majesty’s Ambassador British Embassy Rome (July 1, 2021)

A Message from Jill Morris Her Majesty’s Ambassador British Embassy Rome (July 1, 2021)

British Embassy Rome, Issue No. 25, Thursday 1 July 2021 Evidencing your lifelong rights in Italy as a UK national Accessing services and benefits or registering a work contract If you hold accredited status in Italy e.g. employee of an international organisation, diplomat or deployed under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement UK driving licences […]Read More

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