Writing for Stage and Screen: English Theatre Milan Masterclass with Ann Marie Di Mambro

Writing for Stage and Screen: English Theatre Milan Masterclass with Ann Marie Di Mambro

English Theatre Milan recently organised an online Masterclass “Writing For Theatre And Television” led by the acclaimed Scottish theatre and TV dramatist Ann Marie Di Mambro, who explained the differ...

Easy How-To Guide to Getting Married in Italy

Easy How-To Guide to Getting Married in Italy

Italy is one of the most popular locations for destination weddings. When planning your dream wedding, you want it to be perfect. Just imagine a lakeside wedding at Lake Como or an intimate gathering ...

The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace

The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to exact its appalling cost in terms of human lives and suffering, this was an opportune moment for hundreds of people in Milan to come together and demonstrate th...

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 c...

Ophelia, Herb-woman: Bringing Elizabethan England to Milan

Ophelia, Herb-woman: Bringing Elizabethan England to Milan

Joan Field leads a double life (or maybe even a triple life). Her day job is that of herb-woman, out in the fields at dawn picking simples that she hawks in a basket to the country folk eager for natu...

Affordable Milanese Style Décor

Affordable Milanese Style Décor

How to decorate your home with Milanese Style without breaking the bank Now that you live in Milan, you have probably started dressing and eating like a local, but have you applied your knowledge of M...

Living in Italy is great, but it’s not always ‘la dolce vita’

Living in Italy is great, but it’s not always ‘la dolce vita’

Living in a new culture presents challenges and surprises. Mary Catherine Holcomb, writer, teacher and seasoned expat is now living in Milan, Italy. In this article, she shares her views and insights ...

Under Milk Wood comes to Milan with a stunning performance to help Ukraine

Under Milk Wood comes to Milan with a stunning performance to help Ukraine

Milan April 6, 2022- It was was a rare opportunity in Milan: the chance to see the incredible Guy Masterson-Mastroianni performing all 69 roles of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood in a special charity p...

A Quick Guide to Living in Milan, Italy

A Quick Guide to Living in Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy, is often described as the world’s fashion capital. In addition to being home to many global clothing and luxury brands, such as Bulgari, Prada and Versace, it is also Italy’s central bus...

The Octopus and the Wedding Proposal

The Octopus and the Wedding Proposal

“How did Salvatore propose?” a friend asked recently, referring to my Italian husband. When I told her that we’d decided to get married in Positano, she said that sounded breathtakingly romantic.Littl...

Learn Something New in 2022

Learn Something New in 2022

January is always a time for making new year resolutions. Unfortunately, following through on resolutions is often frustrating and discouraging. Too frequently, people set their goals based on what ot...

Speaking Dante a 24 Hour Reading of The Divine Comedy in Support of Refugees

Speaking Dante a 24 Hour Reading of The Divine Comedy in Support of Refugees

24 hours. 100 cantos. Live in Florence. Streamed across the world.  A once-in-a-lifetime live reading of The Divine Comedy marking the Dante 700 anniversary 13th-14th September 2021, Cinema la Compagn...

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 turre...

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...

English Speakers Dis Mask Wearing Rules, Italian Speakers Obey

English Speakers Dis Mask Wearing Rules, Italian Speakers Obey

Italians are more likely to wear masks than Brits or Americans As the news of wearing a face covering in shops in England becomes mandatory from 24 July (with a fine of £100 for those who fail to comp...

Tracy Roberts talks about new international crowdfunding project

Tracy Roberts talks about new international crowdfunding project

With over 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 48 million visitors per year, who doesn’t love Italy? It is this passion for Italy that has prompted Tracy Roberts fellow expat living in Italy for 33...

Italian Holidays

Italian Holidays

Moving to a new country has all sorts of novelties including a few new holidays to get used to. So before being the odd one racing to work on a day in which you could have stayed in bed, jot down thes...

Sea bass baked in a salt crust – “Branzino al Sale”

Sea bass baked in a salt crust – “Branzino al Sale”

Many of the recipes that Italian’s are most fond of are the simplest ones, like pasta al pomodoro e basilico (pasta with tomato sauce and basil), caprese di bufala (buffalo mozzarella topped with toma...

48 Hours in Rome

48 Hours in Rome

Day 1 Rome is truly one of a kind. It is filled with incredible buildings and architecture, ancient ruins from the great Roman Empire, and some of the most important religious landmarks in the world. ...

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 experience...

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 ...

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 ...

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 o...

Independence Day Message from Sri Lanka Consul General

Independence Day Message from Sri Lanka Consul General

“our heartfelt appreciation for the Government and people of Italy for their generous support and goodwill …” It gives me great pleasure to convey my warm greetings and sincere best wishes to the Sri ...

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 th...

Movember in Italy

Movember in Italy

Movember the Month formerly known as November is back in Italy in numbers. For 30 days your moustache turns you into a walking, talking billboard for men’s health. In 2015 over 700,000 between moustac...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and ...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it. Ag...

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partne...

Dual-culture parenting… who controls the A/C

Dual-culture parenting… who controls the A/C

Dual-culture parenting boils down to priorities, values and who controls the A/C Salvatore’s fathering was dependent on two all-important remote controls, each kept in a separate pocket of his velour ...

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