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The Lure of Italy: Where is the best place to live?

The Lure of Italy: Where is the best place to live?

The almost definitive guide to where to live in Italy. The lure of Italy is indisputable. History, culture, culinary tradition, stunning landscapes… and naturally so many beautiful people. You’re smitten, what’s not to like? A great dilemma for many considering a move to Italy is finding the right answer to “where is the best place […] Read More

Language Matters

Language Matters

A month or so ago, I found myself wandering the streets of an unfamiliar town in northern Italy as I checked Google Maps on my phone for a specific address. As I rounded the corner in proximity to my destination, a sign caught my eye that made me stop in my tracks. I saw the […] Read More

Relocating to Italy – The Essential First Steps

Relocating to Italy – The Essential First Steps

Whether it has been your dream to move to live in Italy for a lifetime, or if you are moving here for another reason, below you will find a series of steps that you should ideally do before you arrive in Italy or immediately after you get here. Planning ahead of your permanent move to […] Read More

Cosmopolitan Identities

Cosmopolitan Identities

“In an era where global vision and cross-cultural competencies are critical to business success, multicultural upbringing can be far-reaching. Multilingual, highly-skilled and international experienced, they have unique skills and abilities that enable them to function more effectively in a global business environment.” Born in New York to parents of Chinese origin, Amie received her college […] Read More

History, wine and nature in a glass… or two!

History, wine and nature in a glass… or two!

As they say, life’s too short to drink bad wine, which is a perfect reason for visiting Val Tidone! Just an hour’s drive south of Milan will put you in the center of a landscape that is characterized by endless waves of vineyard creating glorious panoramas. The terroir of the Val Tidone is perfect for […] Read More

The Venice Carnival

The Venice Carnival

When thinking of the Carnival, two cities stand out from the rest of the world, Venice and Rio. Given the cold temperatures in Italy since the start of 2016, my pick would definitely be Rio, but as I live in Milan with my wife and two small children, let’s talk about a more realistic travel option, […] Read More

PWN Milan – Special Christmas Party – Viva la Vida

PWN Milan – Special Christmas Party – Viva la Vida

PWN MILAN SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PARTY – Viva la Vida WHEN:Thursday, December 13th,  7-9:00pm  WHERE: Fabbrica del Vapore, Va Procaccini 4 – Milan (MM5 Monumentale) Performance Viva la vida – Live performance from “Los Diarios de Frida” performed by Cetec Dentro/Fuori San Vittore Artistic Director Donatella Massimilla  Cetec is a project operating in the women’s section of San Vittore, […] Read More

Why women’s issues are everyone’s issues in Italy

Why women’s issues are everyone’s issues in Italy

Two years ago, I offered to take on the responsibility to set up and manage a series of conferences on ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ on behalf of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy. Over the following eighteen months I had the opportunity to work with amazing people, among them an inspiring British diplomat, that happened […] Read More

Why do Scots hold a Burns supper?

Why do Scots hold a Burns supper?

Casa Scozia and The Milan Scottish Country Dancers will hold a Burns Supper followed by Scottish Country Dancing at All Saints Church, Via Solferino 17, Milan on Saturday, 27 January 2018. Places limited so booking essential by 20 January at latest through John Murphy (j.murphy@buroservice.com). Price €25 per head (€15 under 18 yrs) The Scottish […] Read More

Brexit? That missed long-term opportunity…

Brexit? That missed long-term opportunity…

Suppose for a while that the UK would not have taken the route of a referendum to part with the European Union; how do you think this Country would have found itself in 7-10 years’ time vis-à-vis to the EU? Well, oddly enough it would have found itself – or very close to – the […] Read More

A Male Au Pair in Milan

A Male Au Pair in Milan

With it being my last week in Milan, it allows me to reflect upon my time here. I came to Milan to be an au pair to a bilingual family, Italian father and American mother. Even though I would be considered both the wrong gender and age to be an au pair (male, 23), I […] Read More

New Italian resident non-dom regime

New Italian resident non-dom regime

1. What is the new regime? The new Italian resident non-dom regime is an incentive regime which aims to boost investments in Italy by attracting high-net-worth individuals to move their residence to Italy, and levying a flat rate €100,000 p.a. substitute tax (in place of Italian tax) on their non-Italian worldwide income and capital gains. […] Read More

Food, Technology, and Hope: President Obama visits Milan for Seeds&Chips, Global Food Innovation Summit

Food, Technology, and Hope: President Obama visits Milan for Seeds&Chips, Global Food Innovation Summit

From May 8th – 11th, food innovators and enthusiasts from around the world gathered at Fiera Milano for the collaborative exhibition between Seeds&Chips, a food and agricultural technology summit and TuttoFood, an expansive food industry trade show. The event, attended by more than 80,000 people from 141 countries, showcased all aspects of the food and […] Read More

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Dual-citizenship will give you the right to live and work in both Italy and the UK, and also in the rest of the EU… Since the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 there has been much discussion by British citizens living in Italy on how to protect their rights to continue living and working in […] Read More

Staying in Milan With Kids This Summer?  Stay Sane and Have Fun!

Staying in Milan With Kids This Summer? Stay Sane and Have Fun!

It’s nearly here again…summer! And with it comes the end of another school year and the start of what seems to be both the fastest and slowest season of the year, depending on where you’re sitting. Some of you have summer calendars already jammed so full with plans that you risk whiplash racing from one […] 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

Italy 101: Understanding the Housing Market

Italy 101: Understanding the Housing Market

The housing market in Italy is very different from other markets and many aspects of it often surprise foreigners relocating here. In order to fully understand how it works, and to avoid any unpleasant surprises, let’s take a look at the most important things to know: 1. Landlord’s Market– Italy, for the most part, is […] Read More

My Resume is My Business Card

My Resume is My Business Card

What is a curriculum vitae (abbreviated as “CV”) used for? A cv (or resumè) is used to introduce yourself to a company – and generally to a potential employer – with which an interest of a professional nature has developed. It is the first step towards the creation of this relationship and precedes other steps […] Read More

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Italy and The Holy See

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Italy and The Holy See

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Europe to celebrate links between the UK and Romania, Italy, The Holy See and Austria The Tour will highlight the UK’s relationship with European partners in areas including social cohesion, military ties and combatting human trafficking. The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales […] Read More

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 life as an ex-pat. Historically, the term has been ‘trailing spouse,’ which many feel implies that the one […] Read More

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a home-cooked Shepherd’s Pie recipe. The recipe which originated in Ireland in the 18C is now a classic family recipe throughout the UK and US. Every mom has their own version and you can put your own twist […] Read More

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

The allure of an overseas assignment can be very appealing to some individuals, especially for certain destinations that are very sought after, such as London. However, it is wise to note, that some of the most unsuccessful relocations from the US, for example, are into the UK – this may seem strange, but many people […] Read More

Two Mindfulness Meditation

Two Mindfulness Meditation

Here are two mindfulness meditations you can try, the three minute breathing space and the mindfulness of breathing meditation. Three-minute breathing space is like a little pill you can use at any moment, especially when you don’t have time for a longer meditation. It is a great way to reconnect with the present moment, increase self-awareness […] Read More

Could Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction be of help?

Could Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction be of help?

As we enter 2017, it appears that the only certainty we have is that it will be a year of uncertainty. We are all aware of the events in 2016, leaving many of us with more questions than answers. CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and former dean of Wharton Business School, Patrick […] Read More

Resolute Resolutions

Resolute Resolutions

It’s a new year! The time when many of us think – or at least talk – about making some new year’s resolutions. But, why do we think we’re any more likely to resolve to do something new, something different, on January 1, rather than, say, June 29? A new year’s resolution is a declaration […] Read More

Top 10 Ski Locations in Italy

Top 10 Ski Locations in Italy

It’s winter and if that means snow, then pick up your gear and hit the slopes with our tips for the best slopes this winter season. Courmayeur (Val D’Aosta) Courmayeur is Europe’s highest mountain and if that is not reason enough for you to pick this location then consider the 100km of pistes with 18 […] 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

Top 10 Mercatini di Natale in Italy

Top 10 Mercatini di Natale in Italy

It’s the holiday season and that means its time for the Mercatini di Natale or Christmas markets! This tradition, hailing from Germany where they are called Christkindlmarkt has over the years made its way to town centers all over Europe spreading the joy of the season with ornaments, toys and food specialties. Here are our picks […] Read More

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Here we go again…the holidays!  For some, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, it’s more of a mixed bag: stress, added expenses, family (with all the good and all the challenges), travel, illness, and of course, food, fun and festivities.  There’s nothing new in being more […] Read More

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

After almost 17 years in Italy, I certainly can’t say I’ve “gone native.” However, there are times that I realize just how second nature certain things have become in my day-to-day life here. I had this realization recently when speaking with an American friend who had just relocated to Italy. She was expressing frustration with […] Read More

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