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February 15, 2012

Are you Moving to Italy? 5 Tips to Keep in Mind

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Ti trasferisci in Italia? You may be moving to Italy now. You may dream of moving to Italy one day. Either way, we have faith that you will make that happen if living in Italy is an aspiration of yours. Our friend Michelle Fabio is an “attorney-turned-freelance writer” who made the move to Calabria, Italy and has been quite content living there since 2003.

Michelle provides us with 5 tips for any one making the move to Italy in order to transition into the Italian way of life.

1. Figure out how you can stay in Italy legally. Authorities have really tightened up in recent years, so the tales of staying here illegally for years on end are increasingly a thing of the past. Talk to your Embassy or Consulate in Italy. Here is a useful link to find Consulates and Embassies in Italy.

2. Learn some Italian before you arrive. You do not have to be fluent, but the more you know, the easier your transition will be.

3. Once you’re here, speak and read Italian as much as possible. Try to mingle with Italians — and especially outside expat groups who speak your native language — whenever you can; you will not only improve your Italian, but you will also feel more a part of society.

4. Lose the “but in my home country” mentality at passport control. No, that isn’t the way things are done in your home country, but you’re not in your home country any more. Get used to it. The faster the better.

5. Have a sense of humor. You’re probably going to mess up words and be in a host of other uncomfortable situations — but part of why you moved to a new country was likely to get out of your comfort zone, right? So go with it, and laugh at yourself and your circumstances whenever possible. It will make living here much, much easier.

Grazie mille Michelle!

For recipes, news on Calabria, helpful links, and more, please visit Michelle’s blog Bleeding Espresso here.

Follow Michelle on Twitter: @michellefabio

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