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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

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

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

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

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

Italy: 24 Hour Air Transportation Strike July 6th

Italy: 24 Hour Air Transportation Strike July 6th

A 24 hour general strike has been called by Unions representing Italy’s air-transport workers on July 6, 2021. Worker unions Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl, Uiltrasporti and Ugl Trasporto Aereo have called the strike to support the protest of workers of airlines badly effected by the crisis caused by COVID-19, including Alitalia, Air Italy, Ernest, Blue […]Read More

Italy: Masks off from June 28th

Italy: Masks off from June 28th

Rome, June 25, 2021 – From Monday June 28, 2021 wearing a mask or protective covering will no longer be obligatory in open air and outdoor areas. Wearing a mask indoors, on public transportation and at public gatherings will still be required. Follow us on social media FB / IG / IN for updates or sign-up […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 White zone, what now? (Update June 2021)

Milan is in the Covid-19 White zone, what now? (Update June 2021)

Published Milan, June 15, 2021 White Zone for Lombardy from June 14, 2021 With the vaccination campaign actively making leeway, herd immunity is rapidly being reported and many regions have been designated as “White Zones” meaning that there is low risk and cases of Covid-19 have significantly decreased. Since last year, Italy has assigned a new […]Read More

How to Find Covid-19 Info for Italy

How to Find Covid-19 Info for Italy

Since November 2020 when the Italian government and Minister of Health implemented a color-coded tier system indicating Covid-19 criticality of each region, restrictions and regulations seem to change as frequently as the weather.   White – low risk areas, no restrictions, wearing a mask is obligatory Yellow – moderate risk areas with some restrictions Orange […]Read More

Agnolotti, bucatini and the innovative new ‘cascatelli’ – a brief history of pasta shapes

Agnolotti, bucatini and the innovative new ‘cascatelli’ – a brief history of pasta shapes

Associate Professor Jeffrey Miller, Hospitality Management and Food Historian of Colorado State University shares some modern novelties and a brief history of pasta. Cascatelli means ‘waterfall’ in Italian, hence its shape. Filibustre/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA There are at least 350 shapes of pasta you can buy. Food blogger Dan Pashman apparently thought we could use […]Read More

Living in Italy: Can I get a Covid-19 Vaccination?

Living in Italy: Can I get a Covid-19 Vaccination?

Update: June 3, 2021- Vaccines have opened to anyone over 12 years of age. Update: June 1, 2021- Non residents or anyone with temporary domicile aged 40 -79 can now book a vaccination by calling 800 894 545. (Read more below) You may also be interested in: From June 14th Lombardy is expected to be […]Read More

How Are You ‘Really’ Doing?

How Are You ‘Really’ Doing?

Karen Rigatti, Certified Professional Counselor in Milan shares her insights and some practical advice on how to self assess our mental and physical wellbeing with steps to take on how to deal with the aftermath of these last 15 months of living with Covid, uncertainty and confusion.   “How are you?” is a question most […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Updated May 3, 2021 Since November 2020 Italy was assigned a new color code classification system classifying the Covid-19 risk of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. White, indicating low risk had been introduced and applied briefly (in Sardinia) but was promptly removed. […]Read More

97% of office workers want to continue working from home post pandemic

97% of office workers want to continue working from home post pandemic

People working from home have embraced the current situation; hybrid working as the ideal situation for the future. Nearly all employees who are working from home (97%) prefer to keep working from home, even when offices are open. According to respondents in the third round of a joint research conducted by Nyenrode Business University, Open […]Read More

Whether a mother works has little impact on their child’s behavior

Whether a mother works has little impact on their child’s behavior

Mothers who work full-time or part-time in the first six years of their child’s life have little impact on the child’s behavior, according to new research by the University of Cologne, contrary to what many believe. The study, conducted by Professor Marita Jacob and Dr. Michael Kühhirt, investigated the link between maternal employment history in […]Read More

1000 Scholarships for Global Marketing Communication and Made in Italy Masters

1000 Scholarships for Global Marketing Communication and Made in Italy Masters

The Italian Minister of Education, Professor Maria Cristina Messa, sent the following message to the Italy-USA Foundation and the Centro Studi Comunicare l’Impresa in order to the master’s degree on “Global Marketing, Communication and Made in Italy. “Today we award 1,000 recent graduates who have distinguished themselves in their studies. We award them by offering them […]Read More

Update: Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, (for Easter) what now?

Update: Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, (for Easter) what now?

Updated 02/04/2021: Lombardy classified as Red Zone from March 15 and over the Easter holiday until April 6, 2021. Unlike the previous round of “red zone” lockdowns where hairdressers and businesses could remain open, this time around all commercial activities that are considered “non-essential” have been closed. Restaurants and other commercial retailers can provide “take […]Read More

Working from home? Why detachment is crucial for mental health

Working from home? Why detachment is crucial for mental health

Article by Wladislaw Rivkin, Lecturer in Work and Organisational Psychology, Aston University. As an academic who regularly worked from home in the days before coronavirus, my friends often joked about what they imagined my daily routine might be (such as enjoying a morning gin and not changing out of my pyjamas). But as many people […]Read More

The Hub: Ideal Venue for a Corporate Event in Milan

The Hub: Ideal Venue for a Corporate Event in Milan

Your boss has just given you the task of finding a meeting venue and conference center in Milan to host the next corporate event for up to 200 people equipped with media support to broadcast the event live on digital streaming. We have found it for you! The Hub is a 600 Sq m multifunctional […]Read More

Business Networking in Milan during Lockdown

Business Networking in Milan during Lockdown

It’s been a year since we have been in lockdown and for many of us, office jobs were instantly converted into remote jobs. This has both helped and hurt the way we communicate and keep in touch with clients and co-workers. While some of us have embraced working from home, for others it has not […]Read More

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