Easy Life

Easy Life is the magazine portion of the site. Here you will find articles published at the beginning of each month. The topics vary from travel to red tape, from recipes to business reviews.

 

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information

Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Embassy Rome Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information January 4, 2017 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory will give an explanation for the level and include clear actions U.S. citizens should take. Alerts will replace Security Messages and Emergency Messages.  Alerts follow an easy-to-understand format with clear actions U.S. citizens should tak... »

Issue No. 4 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

Issue No. 4 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris British Embassy Rome From Issue No. 4, Monday 22 December, 2017 newsletter to British nationals in Italy. Following the adoption of the Joint Progress Report on the first phase of the negotiations and the December European Council, I would like to update you on the latest Brexit developments. Developments in the negotiations As the Prime Minister said in her message to UK nationals living in the EU, from the very beginning of the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union the Prime Minister has been consistently clear that protecting the rights of both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU was her first priority. That is why, ... »

Message from Colm Ó Floinn, Irish Ambassador to Italy

Message from Colm Ó Floinn, Irish Ambassador to Italy

As the newly-arrived Ambassador of Ireland to Italy, I am delighted to offer my warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year to Easy Milano readers, including Irish citizens in Italy, those who assist them, and the communities that have welcomed them. I am grateful to have the opportunity in this final edition of Easy Milano to express thanks to Amie Louie and Aaron Pugliesi, on behalf of the Embassy of Ireland, for their work in the service of expatriates in Milan over the past 18 years. Christmas is a special time of the year, when many of us come together with family and friends in a spirit of sharing and celebration. For those living away from home, however, it is not always possible to... »

Message from Alexandra Bugailiskis, Canadian Ambassador to Italy

Message from Alexandra Bugailiskis, Canadian Ambassador to Italy

Dear Canadians and friends of Canada, I am delighted to wish you happy holidays. I am looking forward to my first holiday season in Italy following my arrival earlier this Fall. 2017 has been a very busy year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fourteen of his ministers visited Italy in the context of the Italian Presidency of the G7. They worked on a vast array of issues with their Italian colleagues. From Gender Equality to Climate Change, from Security to Innovation and many more, each visit showed the depth of the relationship between Canada and Italy, which will continue to grow even closer, thanks to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European U... »

New Year’s Message from Crispin Conroy, Australian Consul General in Milan

New Year’s Message from Crispin Conroy, Australian Consul General in Milan

Thank you to the Easy Milano team for again giving me the opportunity to send a Seasons Greetings message to your readers! And, as I understand this will be the last issue of Easy Milano after many successful years, I would like to thank the team for providing such a great service for all expats – you, and Easy Milano, will be missed… I have just completed my first year as Consul-General in Milan, and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Italy and Israel, and I have already had the chance to meet and work with many innovative and dynamic Italian businesses – many of them world leaders in their field – across a range of sectors, including renewable energy, agribusiness, education tech... »

Message from Elizabeth Lee Martinez, U.S. Consul General in Milan

Message from Elizabeth Lee Martinez, U.S. Consul General in Milan

Over the past two decades, the Consulate General of the United States in Milan and Easy Milano have cooperated on many events, with the common goal of strengthening the ties between the city and the American community. The Consulate and the Easy Milano team have worked side-by-side on the organization of election night galas, Fourth of July celebrations and many other events that highlighted the strong friendship between our two countries. Milan is a city that welcomes newcomers from around the world and makes them feel at home. It has been my experience since I arrived, and Easy Milano played an important role in helping the English-speaking community feel at home in Milan. Over the eightee... »

Editor’s Letter from final edition of Easy Milano

Editor’s Letter from final edition of Easy Milano

I address you for the last time from the pages of Easy Milano in our final edition. The journey has been long and at times quite challenging — especially at the beginning. I recall 2002 was a particularly difficult year for Aaron and I. We had finished the enthusiasm that comes with the novelty and we were living in the shadow of 9/11. Afraid to stand out, Americans and Brits kept a low profile. We had gathered some consensus from “early adopters”, but most of the English speakers living in northern Italy still lived in isolated micro-communities. Surprisingly enough, even though the desire to stay under the radar was strong, the Community started to gather and increase in size. Back t... »

Message from Daniel Shillito, President of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy

Message from Daniel Shillito, President of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy

Dear Amie Being an expatriate myself, and even more so since I have been appointed President of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy, I understand and appreciate the efforts of those entities that help inform international residents on the issues that play an important role in their lives and in that of their families. Working in a foreign environment is sometimes quite challenging. Linguistic and cultural differences may, in some instances, reduce the effectiveness or slow down the advancement of business relations. It is therefore no surprise that in every metropolitan city, English language publications, international chambers and associations become fundamental pillars for the devel... »

Message from Simone Crolla, Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy

Message from Simone Crolla, Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy

Easy Milano ha rappresentato per 18 anni un punto di riferimento per la vasta comunità anglofona a Milano, fornendo un contributo importante ed un orientamento davvero prezioso per tutti i newcomers nella nostra città. Già dal nome “Easy Milano”, l’avventura editoriale di Amie e Aaron evoca un senso di accoglienza e di semplificazione della vita, valori oggi sempre più fondamentali, insieme ad un’idea di generosità e gentilezza che caratterizza Amie e Aaron come persone e professionisti. Oltre a dare informazioni di valore, Easy Milano ha contribuito attivamente a mantenere vivo nei numerosi expatriates di Milano e le loro famiglie un senso di appartenenza alla cultura anglofona e al c... »

Goodbye to 2017 and Goodbye to Easy Milano – from Tim Flear, HM Consul General in Milan

Goodbye to 2017 and Goodbye to Easy Milano – from Tim Flear, HM Consul General in Milan

In his play “Romeo and Juliet”, set in Italy of course, Shakespeare famously wrote: “Parting is such sweet sorrow”. That idea combines both a feeling of sadness and yet a sense of pleasure, if not hope. This is the last issue of Easy Milano. Like that “sweet sorrow”, the closure of the publication certainly comes as a loss in the backdrop of English-speaking community life in Milan. Over the three years I have lived and worked in the city, for me it has been a constant source of help, information and enjoyment. It has been part of the fabric of life here, it is no exaggeration to say. Indeed, I and previous Consuls-General, not just of the UK but also of other countries, have very much welco... »