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Dating Rules in Italy

Recently I was honored when my former Italian professor from F.A.U. asked me to write an article for an Italian website about my experience in Italy.  I asked him what subject I should discuss and he gave me “carta bianca.” Well, the topic must have been on my mind because it came to me right away: The Italian Dating Scene; Italians and Americans (and Italian-Americans [...]

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Permesso di Soggiorno, Part 2: Il Succo del Discorso

I’d like to pick up the thread that I started a couple of weeks ago concerning the much-prized Permesso di Soggiorno.  Perhaps I’ll even (attempt to) dispense with the sarcasm temporarily while I explain this convoluted process. (If you haven’t read Part I yet, click here first:  Part I - The Quest for the Holy Grail to get up to speed.) At this point I’m assum [...]

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Why Do Italians Use the Bidet?

Napoleon Bonaparte, on the way back from one of his many campaigns, famously wrote ahead to his wife Josephine who was awaiting him back in Paris.  The letter was brief and to the point: “I’ll be home in three days.  Stop washing up.” We all know Napoleon as being a principal figure from French history, but in fact he was born to Italian parents on the island of Cors [...]

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Schengen Visa and other Italian Bureaucracy

  Living in Rome, you are quickly introduced to the convoluted Italian bureaucracy whether you like it or not.  The so-called “system” gets a bad reputation and of course I’ve done my part in disseminating this view.   Getting your Schengen Visa is particularly annoying, as is my old nemesis, the Permesso di Soggiorno.  But let me be clear: it’s [...]

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FCI 033 – Digging up Roots in the Boot with Laura Watson
During the summer of 2010, I took a trip back to my “ancestral village” in the remote mountains of Molise,[...]
FCI 032 – Under the Puglia Sun with Paul and Steven
I wrote a blog post a few years ago about buying property in Italy. I’ve never actually made the dive,[...]
FCI 031 – Eastern Sicily Highlights with Saskia Balmaekers
“What was that?” I asked the waiter at my hotel, after my silverware vibrated, then shook violently, then fell off[...]

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