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Update:Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, what now?

Update:Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, what now?

Updated 16/01/2021: Lombardy classified as Red Zone from January 17 to January 31, 2021. Roberto Speranza Ministry of Health, announced that due to the Covid pandemic more restrictive regulatory measures are to be implemented in the Lombardy region. Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region has expressed his disagreement witht he Ministry of Health. “We […]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

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

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

Milan is in the Covid-19 Orange 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

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

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

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

A Family Shopping Day at Scalo Milano Outlet

A Family Shopping Day at Scalo Milano Outlet

Milano Moda  Milan is not only the backdrop for the fashion runways, but it is a shopping destination for anyone looking for true Milanese style.  There is a shopping district in Milan for every kind of moda. The Golden Quadrilateral is famous for high end boutiques like Valentino, Gucci, Prada and Dolce Gabbana. Corso Como […]Read More

Italian holiday: Ferragosto, August 15

Italian holiday: Ferragosto, August 15

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on 15 August in all of Italy. It originates from Feriae Augusti, the festival of emperor Augustus, who made the 1st of August a day of rest after the weeks of hard work of the agricultural sector. It became a custom for the workers to wish their employers “buon ferragosto” and they would get […]Read More

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 watches and chic women clinking prosecco glasses. However, wearing a designer jacket, drinking aperitvi and shopping in Milan does […]Read More

Painting in the Pandemic Memories of Milan

Painting in the Pandemic Memories of Milan

Artist and painter Jerilyn Jurinek shares her work and memories of Milan and her travels in Italy which inspired her latest works, “Painting in the Pandemic”. As a member of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York, she stays connected to Italy and the art which inspires her most.                                                  By JERILYN JURINEK […]Read More

A Call To Vote: Americans in Italy

A Call To Vote: Americans in Italy

If not now, when? A message from Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad What will determine the difference between Donald Trump winning or losing in the 2020 Presidential elections? The answer may surprise you. It won’t be the many scandals spawned by the Trump administration. It won’t be his disastrous foreign policy, his irresponsible tax […]Read More

Neighborhoods of Milan, Where Should I live?

Neighborhoods of Milan, Where Should I live?

As our name implies, we at Easy Milano want to make your experience living in Milan as easy as possible. There are lots of reasons people move to Milan; study, work, adventure or love. Many readers write in asking questions BEFORE moving to Milan. One question came in about neighborhoods and living in Milan. Although […]Read More

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 emotions seems to come easy to Italians, but for those of us who come from more reserved cultures, we sometimes need to learn […]Read More

Milan The Most Bike Friendly City in Italy

Milan The Most Bike Friendly City in Italy

(Milan, May 2020) The city of Milan has plans to be the cleanest and most bike friendly city in Italy. The city press office has announced a new bike lane project for Milan with the intent of limiting the traffic and pollution it causes. This comes as the new measures of Phase 2 ‘Post COVID-19 […]Read More

What Will Italy Become Without Its Elders?

What Will Italy Become Without Its Elders?

Luisa Cortesi is an environmental anthropologist at Cornell University. Here she shares a poignant insider view of the COVID-19 pandemic as seen from her hometown Bergamo, Italy. Her insights into the loss of our elders not only reflect upon society but are heart-felt and touching. By Luisa Cortesi Our elders are dying one by one, oak […]Read More

Information Guide for UK nationals living in Italy

Information Guide for UK nationals living in Italy

Dear UK National in Italy, We are pleased to inform you that the British Embassy in Rome and the British Consulate in Milan have produced anew Information Guide for UK nationals living in Italy. It provides details on how to regulate your status here in Italy before the end of the transition period and on the […]Read More

How the COVID-19 crisis inspired this major Italian city to transform its polluted streets – for good

How the COVID-19 crisis inspired this major Italian city to transform its polluted streets – for good

Milan wants to avoid going back to its polluted ways when the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. The city is planning to build 35km of new cycle routes and to give pedestrians more space by widening pavements. Even the metro will get new measures to allow passengers to practise social distancing. Work on this ambitious transformation […]Read More

FAQs on the Italian Government’s Phase 2

FAQs on the Italian Government’s Phase 2

2020-05-04  The office of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has published the English version of FAQs. View original CHANGES SINCE THE ORIGINAL 26 APRIL 2020 DECREE What’s new since the 26 April decree?The 26 April decree introduces, from the 4 May, a few new provisions, including for, example, the possibility of […]Read More

US Citizens – Absentee Voting Overview

US Citizens – Absentee Voting Overview

Start the process as soon as possible with an FPCA Most States require you to register to vote to start the absentee voting process. We encourage you use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a form you can use to register to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest that you […]Read More

ATM and Phase 2: travel times and updates

ATM and Phase 2: travel times and updates

In light of the gradual restart of work activities scheduled for May 4, ATM informs commuters in order to use public transport, it will be necessary to wear a mask and gloves and respect the distance of 1 meter, which entails a drastic reduction in transport capacity: the vehicles will be able to guarantee approximately 25% […]Read More

Lockdown Phase 2 – 4th May 2020: List of shops and services opening

Lockdown Phase 2 – 4th May 2020: List of shops and services opening

The Decree DPCM April 26 2020 identifies in Annexes 1 and 2 the commercial activities allowed to open as from  May 4th 2020. These measures will remain valid until May 17th . The following list includes the establishments which shall be allowed to open: Retail business activities Hypermarkets  Supermarkets  Discount supermarkets  Convenience stores and other grocery stores  Frozen […]Read More

How to Separate Waste for Recycling in Milan

How to Separate Waste for Recycling in Milan

Waste Recycling Management in Milan The first recycling laws in Italy were established in 1997, but it really wasn’t until the early 2000’s that cities in Italy implemented recycling plans. Recycling in Milan starts with each resident separating waste in the home. This means having at least four different bins/bags for plastic, paper organic waste […]Read More

IOM in Italy to support British Nationals who want to regulate their status in Italy

IOM in Italy to support British Nationals who want to regulate their status in Italy

Rome, 18 April 2020  – Supporting British Nationals with the necessary local procedures to obtain and maintain their right to be resident in Italy after the end of the transition period. This is the objective of a new programme launched by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding from the UK Government. The British Embassy in Rome will be supporting IOM as it carries out this important work. The programme is part […]Read More

Prime Minister Conte signs decree to kick off phase two: “If you love Italy, keep your distance”

Prime Minister Conte signs decree to kick off phase two: “If you love Italy, keep your distance”

Premier Giuseppe Conte announced that “phase two is starting, now it’s time to live together with the virus” during a press conference from his office at Palazzo Chigi. “The responsible conduct of every one of us will be fundamentally important,” he said. “One must never get too close, the safety distance must be at least […]Read More

How to Teach English Online

How to Teach English Online

You have moved abroad following your dream of living in Italy and are looking for ways to make money to support your travels and new lifestyle. Teaching English Online is an excellent option but before you start, you will need to be trained, prepared, organized and have the right tools. In this article, we will […]Read More

5 Museums in Milan offering Virtual Tours

5 Museums in Milan offering Virtual Tours

Just because the museum is closed or you are far away, it doesn’t mean you can’t visit the best museums in Milan. Through the Arts & Culture Project managed by Google and launched in 2011, using their Street View technology we are now able to visit hundreds of museums throughout the world. Consult the image […]Read More

Staying calm: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Expat in Milan

Staying calm: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Expat in Milan

By Karen Rigatti, Certified Professional Counselor As if there weren’t already enough hurdles to navigate while living abroad, expats are now having to deal with the added stress, confusion and uncertainty of the coronavirus here in Italy. Being far from home and perhaps not speaking the language – and therefore not fully understanding the constantly […]Read More

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Italians health care may not appear as efficient and well managed as other countries, but considering its comprehensiveness, low ‘out of pocket cost’ and overall quality, it probably should get more credit than it does. Even though Italians often complain about the Italian health care system, Italy ranks 2nd in the “World Health Organization ranking […]Read More

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