Category Archives: Life in Italy

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 […]

March Weather in Rome

Did you know that Rome gets more rain than London? It’s true. It just comes all at once. Luckily, Rome looks good in the rain. There is a saying, particular to March: Marzo cambia sette cappelli al giorno. (March changes its hat 7 times a day). We have had positively spring like weather for the […]

A Truffle Failure; A Walnut Success

I really wanted to hunt for truffles this season. I wanted the dog and the muddy boots and the baskets of tartufi to grate over pasta. We headed to Le Marche to find our truffles, but the rain got there first. The ground was too wet for truffling.  The year overall was a bad one […]

Act Italian: Fare la Scarpetta

In Venice, I ordered strozzapreti with seafood. It was garlic-y perfection and I quickly decided that no I would not share, and inhaled it all. The sauce, with bright parsley in hearty fish broth was my favorite bit. I politely stared at my empty plate and waited patiently for Jimmy to finish his meal. And when […]

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. […]

Stopping for Saints: Religious Procession in Testaccio

We came back from Castel Gandolfo sunburned and satisfied. Slowly, slowly, we walked back from the metro and towards home. Then we heard the music. Tomorrow is a ponte – a bridge.  That is the day off you take between the weekend and the actual holiday, which is on Tuesday.  So it is a kind […]