Overcoming the Language Barrier

Overcoming the Language Barrier

Moving to Milan brings excitement but also the challenge of adapting to a new language environment. This guide aims to provide insights and recommendations for those recently arrived in Milan and deal...

Finding A Sense of Community in Milan

Finding A Sense of Community in Milan

Moving to a new city can be both exciting and daunting. One of the most challenging aspects is navigating the culture and finding your place within its community. If you’re an expat looking to find yo...

Dress Italian Style with these 7 items

Dress Italian Style with these 7 items

The key to Italian style is to strike a balance by incorporating bright colors without excess. Italians are known for their chic style, which is immediately recognizable. But how is it that they alway...

The Significance of Mimosa on March 8th

The Significance of Mimosa on March 8th

Since 1977, March 8th has been celebrated as International Women’s Day, a United Nations sanctioned day of observance celebrating women’s contributions to society. In Italy, it is traditional to give ...

When Can We Switch on the Heating in Italy?

When Can We Switch on the Heating in Italy?

This article has been updated to include new information about heating regulations in 2022 Switching on the heating in Italy is controlled by regional regulations for centralized systems. Residents wi...

5 Things Happy Expats in Italy Do

5 Things Happy Expats in Italy Do

Italy is a beautiful country with so much to offer. From the food to the culture, there are many things that make Italy a great place to live. However, there are also a few things that can be challeng...

Living in Italy is great, but it’s not always ‘la dolce vita’

Living in Italy is great, but it’s not always ‘la dolce vita’

Living in a new culture presents challenges and surprises. Mary Catherine Holcomb, writer, teacher and seasoned expat is now living in Milan, Italy. In this article, she shares her views and insights ...

Colorful Milanese Fashion for a Bright Winter

Colorful Milanese Fashion for a Bright Winter

Italian designers and the styles coming off the Milanese fashion runways have shown us that color is not only for summer! It’s time to break away from the traditional winter wardrobe of dark and neutr...

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 la...

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 coutu...

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 shopp...

Living Milanese Style

Living Milanese Style

What it means to be Milanese and how we as expats can adopt a Milanese lifestyle. If you do an image search for “Stile Milanese”, Google will show you a collage of elegant male models, expensive watch...

Expressing Emotions in Italian

Expressing Emotions in Italian

Even if you have been living in Italy for a short time, you will have noticed that the Italian language is complex. It encompasses verbal, facial and gestural communication. Communicating feelings and...

Eating the Italian Way

Eating the Italian Way

For Italians food is something extremely special. It is connected with pleasure, tradition, family and leisure and must always be savored with gusto! In Italy, eating is synonymous with slow, so take ...

Relocation: A Chance for Reinvention

Relocation: A Chance for Reinvention

There are times in life when we all wish we could have a clean slate, a kind of “do over.” For those of you who have moved abroad and begun a whole new life, you know that’s exactly what you get: a co...

Understanding Italian coffee

Understanding Italian coffee

In Italy drinking coffee is a ritual. Italians love going to cafés for their coffee and if skipped they won’t survive the day. Before you order a coffee, let’s clarify first the difference between caf...

I Knew I Had Become Italian When…

I Knew I Had Become Italian When…

As an American who has lived in Italy for over 30 years, my Italian friends and family often say to me “ah, you are Italian now.” My mental reply is always “nope, I’m not.” The July 4 celebrations in ...

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

“take heart that every single ex-pat you meet was once as green as you are…” There seems to be no great label for a role that is challenging, hard to define and often overlooked when talking about lif...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and ...

A Tale of Two Cultures

A Tale of Two Cultures

When coming from America to live in Italy there are many differences between the two countries to adjust to. There are obvious ones that are known before coming such as it being much hotter in Italy d...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it. Ag...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partne...

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Among the numerous myths and legends about Milan there is a curious one that says that the devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana n. 3.  Why? From 1629 through 1631, in northern Italy, there were a seri...

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Ezio Barbieri and “La Banda della Aprilia Nera” A long time ago Milan’s neighborhood “Isola” (island) was isolated from the rest of the city – due to the railway crossing it – and it was inhabited by ...

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina was a young girl from the Lake of Como, more precisely from Schignano. At the time and in those areas, according to custom, young brides dressed in black – and not in white as you are used to ...

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Have you ever noticed that many Italians have the same name and most of them are named after a Saint? It is not lack of imagination, but a strong influence of their tradition. As we all know, Italy is...

Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing for the Holidays

December is a very social month. You may have the perfect outfit for Christmas day, however it won’t do to re-use the same outfit for New Year’s Eve which will require something even more spectacular....

VERY – Superstitious

VERY – Superstitious

We all know better than to open an umbrella indoors, walk underneath a ladder, break a mirror and stay away from black cats. However, Italy has a few additions to this list. To help you prepare for li...

Where is Waldo? Stuck in the toilet possibly!

Where is Waldo? Stuck in the toilet possibly!

We have all enjoyed playing where is Waldo and it’s quite amusing, but there is a time and a place for everything. Sure, Italians are creative and that is a good thing, mostly, but when flushing the t...

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