Rick's Rome Italy Blog for Advice to Travelers by an American Expat


A source for Italy lovers who want the authentic experience.

​Thanks for stopping by my ​irreverent website where I attempt to decipher Italian culture for the English-speaking world.  It’s always my intention to go a little deeper — beyond the stereotypes and la dolce vita — to discuss the many reasons why this beautiful chaotic country continues to inspire the dreams of travelers and expats year after year.

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Why Do Italians Live Longer?
If you’re like me, you’ve often asked yourself, “Why do Italians live longer and stay so trim while consuming daily[...]
Celebrating Columbus Day in Genova
Imagine celebrating Columbus Day IN Genova, the hometown of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that when I[...]
Americans Living in Italy
I came across a discussion a couple weeks ago in a Facebook Group called Americans Living in Italy. There was nothing[...]
The Definitive Guide for the Permesso di Soggiorno
There is so much to love about living in Italy: the food, the art, the history, the weather, the scenery.[...]
Stereotypes in Italy
(*Update* Due to a bit of "controversy" over this post, I now feel compelled to make the following disclaimer.  The[...]
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[...]

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The Fatal Charm of Italy Podcast
FCI 036 – Writing About Italian Ancestors with Carol Faenzi
Italy, in all its charms, lends itself very nicely to romantic quotes, soft-focus photos of rolling landscapes, and Facebook “stories”[...]
FCI 035 – Italian Pronunciation Guide
Make no mistake, learning a foreign language as an adult is NOT easy. Luckily, there are some aspects of the[...]
FCI 034 – Unique Rome Tours with Beth from Select Italy
OK, so if you’ve been to Rome once or twice already, you might be looking for some unique Rome tours[...]