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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. Little did she know. When you grow up in the United States, you assume that a proposal will involve a man with a ring on one knee. Not so in Italy. I had been living in Naples and dating Salvatore for 6 ye... »

A Tale of Two Cultures

A Tale of Two Cultures

When coming from America to live in Italy there are a many differences between the two countries to adjust to. There are obvious ones that are known before coming such as it being much hotter in Italy during the summer than most places (especially compared to my home in the Northeastern U.S.), but there are many differences between the countries not realized until you live in the city. I lived in ... »

48 Hours in Florence

48 Hours in Florence

Day 1 In the heart of Tuscany, Florence is where the Renaissance movement began. It is filled with art galleries, museums, and buildings that need to be seen during any visit. The first stop on this trip is to the city’s most popular art museum the Uffizi Gallery. The gallery is one of the best in Italy, and the world, and it includes pieces from famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelang... »

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 partner and children in tow.  Sorting out housing, schools, cars, documents – documents! – and much more, add up to many, many (wo)man hours of work. You finally get each and every item crossed off the list... »

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

Dear Friends, It’s my pleasure, on behalf of the whole U.S. Consulate General in Milan, to once again wish my fellow Americans a Happy Independence Day – and a happy 240th birthday to the United States of America! It has been quite a busy year.  12 months ago we were experiencing the incredible Expo Milano.  By October 31, when the gates of Expo closed, the USA Pavilion had welcomed an astou... »

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. The most difficult part about a trip to Rome is narrowing down a list of the best things to see in a weekend because there are just so many, but this trip is a compilation of as many amazing sites as ... »

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

You fell madly in love with an Italian man, someone who wasn’t like anyone else you had ever met. You quickly realized you could see yourself with this person in a permanent way. You decided you were willing – happy – to leave your own life behind and move across the world to be with him and start an amazing new life in Italy. Or maybe you were already living in your adopted country, and now you d... »

Who was Mr. Marino?

Who was Mr. Marino?

Where did the name Palazzo Marino came from? Here is the story… Right in front of the Teatro alla Scala you can see an important building – now hosting the headquarters of Milan’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor… and obviously all the other people who work with them. This is Palazzo Marino; named after its old owner, a Genovese Count, Tommaso Marino. A clever and unscrupulous businessman that l... »

Remembering Henry James

Remembering Henry James

The interdisciplinary research project Remembering Henry James, presented for the first time in Florence by Design of the Universe and Laverna. Net in 2013, will find its conclusion from May 2 through 9 in Genoa, with eight days of cultural events dedicated to the American author on the occasion of the Centennial of his death. The program suggests a scientific symposium, talks on literature, group... »

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Among the numerous myths and legends about Milan there is a curious one that says that the devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana n. 3.  Why? From 1629 through 1631, in northern Italy, there were a series of outbreaks of Bubonic Plague. This epidemic, often referred to as Great Plague of Milan, claimed the lives of approximately 280,000 people, with the region of Lombardy and the city of Venice expe... »