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Leona Laviscount

Leona Laviscount

Our series “Celebrating Women” features stories about inspiring women. If there is an inspiring woman in your life, let us know and we will share her story!  My mother Leona Laviscount was the first Black American to share her unique heritage in Milan. She was a dancer, singer and performer. Leona Laviscount She was born […]Read More

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 a mimosa bud or small bouquet to women. International Women’s Day The history of International Women’s Day has several meaningful origins. The day is said […]Read More

Strengthened Orange Zone for All of Lombardy from March 5, 2021

Strengthened Orange Zone for All of Lombardy from March 5, 2021

(MILAN, March 7, 2021) As of March 6, 2021, an area will automatically be designated a high risk “Red Zone” when statistics indicate 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the moment Lombardy is “dark orange”, meaning there is strengthened enforcement, road blocks and schools are closed. (MILAN, March 4, 2021) Attilio Fontana, governor of Lombardy, […]Read More

Portraits of Italian Women

Portraits of Italian Women

Ritratti di Donne (Portraits of women) Present-day Italy told through the stories of ten women, protagonists of the Italian cultural and creative scene, a project by Italiana Language Creativity Culture in the World. Video portraits in Italian with English subtitles Present-day Italy through the voices and stories of protagonists of the contemporary Italian cultural scene, […]Read More

General Strikes March 2021

General Strikes March 2021

General strikefrom Sunday March 7th, 9 PM to Monday, March 8, 2021 Planes, trains and local transportation personnel will be on strike. Planes will strike for 24 hours, from 00:01 to 24:00. Trains will be on strike for 24 hours starting from 21:00 on March 7th. Local transportation for 24 hours with different starting times […]Read More

15 Things To Do in Lombardy

15 Things To Do in Lombardy

What kind of Italy traveler are you? Do you search for fine art, rich history and exciting adventures, or is fashion, design and luxury your destination? Italy truly has something for everyone and here in the region of Lombardy, culture thrives, the past intertwines with the present and the landscape is breathtaking. You don’t have […]Read More

Author Jennifer Anton Reveals Under the Light of the Italian Moon

Author Jennifer Anton Reveals Under the Light of the Italian Moon

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer Anton, author of Under the Light of the Italian Moon, a biographical fiction set in rural Italy during the Mussolini Fascist Era.  The book will debut March 8, 2021 in honor of International Women’s Day. Apart from my interest in the book, I was intrigued by the […]Read More

How to Get or Renew a Residence Permit in Italy –  Permesso di Soggiorno

How to Get or Renew a Residence Permit in Italy – Permesso di Soggiorno

Living in Italy Congratulations, you have made the decision to move to Italy!  One of the things you will have to become accustomed to in Italy is the red tape. Getting a residency card, Permesso di Soggiorno is one of the first things you will need. Things to know about submitting your residence permit, Permesso […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 Orange Zone (again), What Now?

Milan is in the Covid-19 Orange Zone (again), What Now?

(MILAN, updated February 27,2021) Italy was assigned a new color code classification system in November 2020 classifying the Covid-19 criticality of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. Color codes are assigned by the government and Minister of Health and will depend on the […]Read More

Milan Fashion Week 2021 and Fashion Museums in Lombardy

Milan Fashion Week 2021 and Fashion Museums in Lombardy

Phygital Milan Fashion Week From 23 February to 1 March 2021 Milan hosts the Milan Fashion Week dedicated to Women’s Fashion F / W 2021-2022. The event is one of the most important international events in the industry and expected by both professionals and fashion enthusiasts who are more attentive to emerging trends. This year’s edition is held […]Read More

Covid -19:  Local Red Zones in Lombardy

Covid -19: Local Red Zones in Lombardy

(MILAN) – With the rise of new cases and new coronavirus variants local lockdown restrictions have been instated in 4 cities of Lombardy. Four cities of Lombardy have been classified as “RED ZONES,” meaning there are more stringent lockdown restrictions and rules for those cities. Roadblocks are in place limiting entrance and exit to these […]Read More

Carnevale Ambrosiano- Carnival in Milan

Carnevale Ambrosiano- Carnival in Milan

Carnival in Milan follows the Ambrosian rite Il Carnevale di Milano  is celebrated on the day before the beginning of Lent. Carnival in Milan follows the Ambrosian rite and is celebrated one week after Carnival in Venice which follows the Roman rite. What is Carnival? It’s the last day of celebrations before the forty-day period of Lent (a period of penitence and […]Read More

Art Comes Back to Life in Milan with Museum Openings

Art Comes Back to Life in Milan with Museum Openings

MILAN Feb 2021- Museums gradually reopen in the city: here you will find the timetables of those who have already published information on reopenings. This page will be updated as frequently as possible. For details visit the official websites of the museum. MUSEUMS OPENING IN MILAN AFTER LOCKDOWN DUOMO AND MUSEUM OF THE CATHEDRALFrom 11/02/2021Cathedral, Archaeological […]Read More

TCKs: What Does It Mean?

TCKs: What Does It Mean?

“There is a sense of being at home anywhere, and yet a lack of attachment to any one place, culture or group.” So many of us grew up with parents from the same country, although perhaps from different regions: parents who very often had different socioeconomic, political, religious and academic backgrounds, and who undoubtedly had […]Read More

48 Hours in Verona

48 Hours in Verona

What better way is there, than to spend Valentine’s Day in Verona, Italy’s city of love? Begin the tour at Castelvecchio (corso Castelvecchio 2). This medieval castle with its brick exterior and turrets is a wonderful architectural gem which houses an incredible collection of Medieval and Renaissance art. During your visit, take some time for […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now?

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now?

Italy was assigned a new color code classification system in November 2020 classifying the Covid-19 criticality of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. Color codes are assigned by the government and Minister of Health and will depend on the degree of risk and […]Read More

How a lost manuscript revealed the first poets of Italian literature

How a lost manuscript revealed the first poets of Italian literature

Maria Clotilde Camboni, University of Oxford and a team of researchers piece together a lost manuscript of rare early Italian renaissance poetry which had been originally commissioned by Lorenzo de’ Medici as a gift for Federico d’Aragona. Imagine a world where we knew the name of Homer, but the poetry of The Odyssey was lost […]Read More

A Conversation with Lisa Halliday, an American Writer in Milan

A Conversation with Lisa Halliday, an American Writer in Milan

The American writer Lisa Halliday, winner of a 2017 Whiting Award for Fiction, walks the cobblestoned streets and lanes of Milan pondering her work. Looking up at the golden Madonnina, or passing the imposing, marble-clad façade of the Palazzo di Giustizia, she considers alternative scenarios, her imagination traces new plots.    She returns to her sparsely […]Read More

Why do Italians Eat Lentils on New Year’s Eve?

Why do Italians Eat Lentils on New Year’s Eve?

It’s an Italian tradition to eat lentils just after the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st. Go to any supermarket in Italy on Dec 31st and the shelf of lentils will be empty. They are sold out and not even the biggest of supermarkets can keep them in stock. Eating lentils is a tradition that […]Read More

Italian Style Christmas

Italian Style Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although you may be far from home, make the most of the season with our tips on how to celebrate an Italian Style Christmas. Your beginner’s kit should include first and foremost a Nativity Scene or presepe. These are essential during the holiday season and in […]Read More

Christmas Cake: An English Tradition

Christmas Cake: An English Tradition

Christmas cake is an English tradition that began as plum porridge. People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve, using it to line their stomachs after a day of fasting. Soon dried fruit, spices and honey were added to the porridge mixture, and eventually it turned into Christmas pudding. In the 16th century, oatmeal was removed […]Read More

UK Gov Writes to Thousands of Brits Living in the EU to Prepare for the End of Transition Period

UK Gov Writes to Thousands of Brits Living in the EU to Prepare for the End of Transition Period

Brexit is coming to an end. The UK Government has sent thousands of letters to UK nationals abroad in efforts to support them in making a smooth transition.  One of the largest UK Government direct mail campaigns to UK Nationals living in EU and EFTA member states, with 365,000 customers on Department for Work and Pensions […]Read More

Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

In 1620, a boat filled with more than 100 Pilgrims set sailed away from England across the Atlantic in search for a new land. They landed on present day Massachusetts and began a new life. The Pilgrims knew farming, and with the help of locals Indians, they even learned how to grow various crops. To […]Read More

Returning to Italy from Abroad during Covid-19 Lockdown – What to do

Returning to Italy from Abroad during Covid-19 Lockdown – What to do

Instructions for travelers returning to Italy Returning from Belgium, France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain Travelers returning to Italy from 14 October to 3 December, and are domiciled in the provinces of Milan and Lodi,  must register by filling out the form at the following link:  Italian HERE   English HERE […]Read More

Answering Questions for UK Nationals Moving to Italy

Answering Questions for UK Nationals Moving to Italy

A message from British Embassy Rome Thank you to everyone who joined our latest Q & A event for UK nationals. We focused our session on those newly arrived in Italy or thinking of moving to Italy. FAQs about Living in Italy You can find below a selection of the questions raised as well as […]Read More

How to Watch the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election from Italy

How to Watch the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election from Italy

The Race for the White House is on! If you are an American in Italy, you will want to watch the Presidential Election. Italian news channels are broadcasting but if you are not yet savvy with the language, you will want to watch the U.S. Presidential Election commentaries in English.  We have complied a list […]Read More

Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Wearing masks indoors and outdoors is once again obligatory in Italy (Rome, 7 October 2020) The Council of Ministers approved the extension of the state of emergency in Italy to 31 January 2021 and approved, the Law Decree “Urgent measures connected with the extension of the declaration the state of epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 and for the operational […]Read More

When Can We Switch on the Heating in Italy?

When Can We Switch on the Heating in Italy?

Switching on the heating in Italy is controlled by regional regulations for centralized systems. Residents with autonomous heating should abide by the rules but have a bit more leeway.   It’s already October and temperatures have suddenly dropped. It’s cold and damp and it would be so great right now to have the radiators on! […]Read More

Covid Swab Testing Centers in Milan for Students & School Personnel

Covid Swab Testing Centers in Milan for Students & School Personnel

Source: Regione Lombardia, 18 September 2020 (Partial automated translation) The ATS and ASST allow, within the current supply network, access to the test (swab) without reservation, free of charge and with self-certification of motivation, both for students (starting from early childhood), and for teaching and non-teaching school staff, who present symptoms at school or outside the […]Read More

Mobility Bonus FAQs

Mobility Bonus FAQs

Last May, the municipality of Milan announced a new bike lane project for Milan and its intention on becoming the cleanest and most bike friendly city in Europe. The Environmental Minister of Italy also announced the “Bonus Mobilità 2020 – Mobility Voucher Program”, a special tax refund to anyone buying bikes, including pedal assisted bicycles, as well […]Read More

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