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Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

As an expat, there is no shortage of challenges and stresses to manage and overcome. The logistical considerations of moving abroad – often with children in tow – automatically equal a dramatic increase in the amount of stress a family experiences. Add to that the emotional toll of leaving behind everything familiar and settling into a completely foreign land. Now top it all off with a possible la... »

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. Again, this can be the most difficult stage of adapting to a new culture and the time in which it is most critical to identify and seek sources of support, ranging from friends and family, to fellow ex-... »

Apartment Rental Prices (Milan)

Apartment Rental Prices (Milan)

Milan is a diverse city characterized by its unique mix of both history and the pathway into the future. There are areas rich with history such as the Piazza del Duomo and new modern areas such as the Piazza Gae Aulenti. The city offers many different types of areas to live, from the upbeat Navigli with excellent nightlife, to the quaint Brera district with narrow streets. It also allows for livin... »

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... »

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... »

Top Tax Tips for Expats in Italy

Top Tax Tips for Expats in Italy

Here are my top tax tips for living or moving to Italy. Beware of the DIY approach. Always discuss your tax situation with an experienced 
and knowledgeable commercialista and financial planner Taxes in Italy are not that much different to other countries around Europe and you might be surprised at just how little you have to pay. The DIY’ers rarely find the tax breaks and end up paying more... »

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

You’ve been an expat in Italy for long enough to ponder if you should apply for Italian citizenship – but you might not be so sure about the process. Inspired by the imminent BrExit referendum, the Scottish association Casa Scozia recently held a seminar on Italian citizenship for Brits and other English speakers in the Milan area. As a recently naturalised Italian I was invited to pre... »

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 3) Your bundle of joy is here! Labor and delivery are behind you, and now begins Life With Baby. What do you need to know? First, let’s talk about a few tips for staying sane. Remember that the first three months are, in many ways, the hardest. As exhausted, overwhelmed, teary and lonely as you may be in the roughly 12 weeks following your baby’s birth, take heart. You will start to get... »

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