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Comparisons of life in Italy

On January 31, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy, By , With 49 Comments

There are number of things that you may experience in Italy that you may not have experienced in your previous homeland. The greatest of these for me must be the summer time. This is a very infectious and energetic time. In the UK I was very used to coming home…

Schooling in Italy – what’s best for expats?

On January 27, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy,Schools, By , With 16 Comments

Before we arrived in Italy we had a couple of important decisions to make and the first one really was around the kids schooling.   Italy has three tiers of schooling:   Scuola Primaria (Primary School) or Elementare – from the age of six (or 5 and a half) Scuola Media (Middle…

Moving to Italy from the UK – is it easier for Europeans?

On January 25, 2016, Posted by , In Moving to Italy, By , With 39 Comments

I often get asked how difficult it was moving (or emigrating) to Italy from the UK and my initial thought is that it is probably significantly easier for a European than a non-European (Americans for example). I put that down to the freedom of movement we experience in Europe. I…

The pros and cons of moving to Italy

On January 21, 2016, Posted by , In Moving to Italy, With 62 Comments

When I first thought about writing about the pros and cons of moving to Italy I thought “Really? Isn’t it pretty obvious?” but the more I thought about it I thought ‘Let’s dig a little deeper’. We all have our own ideas don’t we? But here are mine. If you…

Expats living in Italy – what to expect.

On January 17, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy, By , With 15 Comments

I guess if the truth be told I really don’t look at myself as an expat living in Italy. Often times when I look out of the window (on a really grey day) I feel like I’m still back in the UK or South Africa where I spent my formative…

Italian Schooling – what are the stages?

On January 15, 2016, Posted by , In Schools, By ,, , With 2 Comments

So straight off the bat you should know that there is FREE state education available to children of all nationalities who are resident in Italy, your kids might not be too happy to hear this. Home schooling was a topic that our 11 year old at the time brought up repeatedly…

Learning the Italian language…where do we start?

This is probably the biggest reason why foreigners don’t follow their dreams and arrive in their bus loads at the border of Italy and it shouldn’t be, based on my experiences. We have a fair number of expat friends who have arrived here over the years who did not learn Italian…

Wood delivery (la legna) – how I miss my driveway!

On January 14, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy, By , , With 4 Comments

How I miss my driveway! Very many homes in Italy have a fireplace and rely on wood being delivered during the winter to warm their homes and for their stoves; particularly in the country and the villages. We fall into this category and so when 3,000 kgs of wood arrives…