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COVID-19 Information from U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy

COVID-19 Information from U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy

Updated on February 11, 2021U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy websiteClick here here to ask the consulate a Covid-19 question Country-Specific Information: Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. In addition, the Centers for […]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

A message to UK Nationals in Italy from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

A message to UK Nationals in Italy from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

In this message: The Withdrawal Agreement and the end of the Transition Period Healthcare access for those covered by the Withdrawal Agreement The new biometric residency card for UK nationals living in Italy Exiting and Entering Italy Coronavirus restrictions on entering Italy Travelling to the UK UK driving licences in Italy British Embassy RomeIssue No. […]Read More

Message for Italian companies from the British Ambassador

Message for Italian companies from the British Ambassador

Jill Morris, British Ambassador to Italy issued a message addressed to Italian companies on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The original message in Italian was published and distributed on several media outlets in Italy such as giornalediplomatico.it, Gazzetta Ufficiale dell’Unione, and on the Assolombarda website. Message (31/12/2020) […]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

Thanksgiving Message from Robert S. Needham, U.S. Consul General in Milan November 2020

Thanksgiving Message from Robert S. Needham, U.S. Consul General in Milan November 2020

Thanksgiving Message from Robert S. Needham, U.S. Consul General in Milan, for EasyMilano.com, November 2020 On behalf of everyone at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, it is a great pleasure for me to wish the readers of Easy Milano a very happy Thanksgiving.  For my family, like for so many of you, this is […]Read More

A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

Issue No. 21 Friday 20 November 2020 To UK nationals in Italy, There have been some important recent announcements from the UK on healthcare, and I want to update you as a UK national living in Italy on your rights to access healthcare here. I would also like to provide a brief update to UK […]Read More

Message for U.S. Citizens: Runoff Elections in Georgia & Louisiana

Message for U.S. Citizens: Runoff Elections in Georgia & Louisiana

Calling All Georgia & Louisiana State Voters Living Abroad If you are registered to vote in the State of Georgia or in the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana, we encourage you to participate in the upcoming runoff elections.   More information on the runoff elections in Georgia can be found here: https://www.fvap.gov/georgia and in Louisiana here: https://www.fvap.gov/louisiana. Remember U.S. […]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

How to track your mail-in ballot

How to track your mail-in ballot

November 3rd is Election Day in the United States. American expats living in Italy and the rest of world have already mailed in their ballots. Americans abroad are asking: Will my vote arrive on time? Will it be counted? How do I track my ballot? With absentee voting at an all-time high and delays caused […]Read More

A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

A message from Jill Morris, Her Majesty’s Ambassador – British Embassy Rome

Issue No. 20 Wednesday 21 October 2020 To British Nationals in Italy, I want to update you on the latest Italian government measures related to Covid-19. And to provide a reminder on Citizens’ Rights of the key actions we are advising UK nationals to take before the end of this year. I also want to […]Read More

South Africa updated list of high risk countries, Italy is on the list

South Africa updated list of high risk countries, Italy is on the list

Just days after the announcement that South Africa was open for business made by the South African Consulate General of Milan, an updated list of high risk countries has been issued and Italy is now on the list. Italian citizens and permanent residents of Italy are not allowed to enter South Africa for tourism or […]Read More

Welcome U.S. Consul General in Milan, Robert Needham

Welcome U.S. Consul General in Milan, Robert Needham

Easy Milano would like to extend a warm welcome to Consul General Robert Needham who has taken office early this month at the U.S. Consulate in Milan. We wish you all the best and support you in all efforts of your diplomatic mission. Robert Needham, Consul General of U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy Consul […]Read More

Live Q&A Facebook Session for “New Arrivals to Italy”

Live Q&A Facebook Session for “New Arrivals to Italy”

Are you a UK national recently arrived in Italy? The British Embassy Rome with the participation of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will be holding a live Q & A session on facebook on Tuesday 20 October at 17:30. The session will be aimed at people who have just moved to Italy. You can post a […]Read More

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith UniversityMain image: www.shutterstock.com Australia is a nation of enthusiastic travellers, it is one of our defining national characteristics. At any given time, around a million of us are living and working overseas. In 2019, a record 11.3 million Australian residents went on short-term trips, double the figure of ten years earlier. […]Read More

South African borders opened for business

South African borders opened for business

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON VISA INFORMATION A Message from Consular OfficeSouth African Consulate General Dear All, Kindly note that we have just been informed that all visa exemptions that were withdrawn, have now been re-instated. Thus NO visa is required for travellers from: USA, UK, France; Spain; Italy; Germany; Portugal; Singapore; South Korea; Iran & Hong Kong, […]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

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