Category Archives: Moving to Italy

How to Find Student Accommodation in Rome

Coming to Rome as a student is insanely exciting. The city! The language! The food! The… lease? Unfortunately, Roman leases are not exactly short-term friendly.  Jimmy and I currently have a 3+2 lease, meaning a three-year lease that automatically renews for two additional years if neither party objects. But the most common lease in Italy […]

12 Ways to Stay Safe in Rome

Worried about saftey in Rome? It never hurts to be cautious but rest assured that Rome is safe, for a major European capital. And I never agreed in that past that  “someone” was targeting American students abroad. But I do agree that the intoxicating feeling of being in Rome, and actual intoxication can be a […]

8 Reasons Why Moving to Italy Made Sense, Financially

There are a lot of reasons to move to Rome. Weather, food, art and culture all come to mind. However, one of the reasons I moved to Rome was because it made sense for my budget. Think you can’t afford to move to Italy? Here are 8 ways I saved and/or made money by taking […]

Visa Appointment at the Italian Consulate

I just completed the longest trip the US that I have taken since moving to Italy in 2010.  The main motivation was to see my family and friends, so I took plenty of trips to celebrate and reconnect. However, another part of any stateside visit for me is renewing my Italian visa.  Somehow during my weeks in […]

9 Reasons I am Thankful I Moved to Italy

When I moved to Rome, I realized I was homesick for the first time on Thanksgiving day. In Italy, Thanksgiving is just a Thursday.  Thousands of miles away, my entire family was gathering around a table to laugh and share and eat and celebrate, but I was riding the metro like it was any other day. […]

Finding the right words

One of the very first words I ever learned in Italian was “cavatappi.” Corkscrew. I needed one to be able to open the first bottle of wine in my first Roman apartment. I stood by my door, staring at my pocket Italian dictionary, and repeating it over and over to build up the courage to […]