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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

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

Italy: Mandatory Green Pass & Extended State of Emergency

Italy: Mandatory Green Pass & Extended State of Emergency

23/07/2021 – After careful deliberation, and much debate, the Italian government has decided to make the “green pass” (digital proof of recovery, vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test) mandatory to enter some public venues and events. The new rules were announced by the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) yesterday evening. From […]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

Florence’s San Marco Museum, where mystical faith and classical knowledge meet

Florence’s San Marco Museum, where mystical faith and classical knowledge meet

Taking a step back in time to the Florentine renaissances and the heart of Italian art and mystical knowledge with principal fellow Joanna Mendelssohn of the University of Melbourne. In 1981, I visited the San Marco Museum on my very first visit to Italy. I had been totally overwhelmed by the volume and concentration of […]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: 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

New M4 Metro Line to Linate to be Inaugurated

New M4 Metro Line to Linate to be Inaugurated

Milan, June 8, 2021– A ribbon cutting ceremony has inaugurated the new boarding area of Linate airport and the new Milano metro line M4 leading to Linate Airport is almost complete. This is great news for frequent travelers to Milan and international commuters.   The new improvements to the Linate Airport located only 15 minutes […]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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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