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Have you ever parted company with everything you know in exchange for a life in Italy? 

If so we ask, what was your motivation?  Did you desire to road trip through the rolling hills of the Tuscan wine country?  Was it to witness the remnants of ancient Rome? To marvel at the Renaissance art of Florence?  Or was it to bask in the sun of the Calabrian beaches? Did you want to enjoy the world famous pizza of Naples?  Or be swept off your feet by an Italian lover? Perhaps it was all the aforementioned and more...

We all seek to find the time of our lives in a country that has so much to offer.  What happens if you find it less than you had fantasized? Maybe you’ve experienced a moment of uncertainty on what to expect, how you’d be received, or whether or not you were “doing things right”?  All of these questions are explored in the selected stories that follow.

We love stories like we love bella Italia, so we chose to compile a list of our favorite memoirs written by authors who have walked the same common ground.  They’ve scribed their experiences of being a foreigner in Italy in profoundly intimate detail for us to consume. These are some of the greatest memoirs of Italy.  They offer us insight and education on the Italian culture. They romanticize and at times, even challenge the illusion of “La Dolce Vita” and to fellow expats who have lived here, their stories can be highly relatable.

And if you and your story live in a place apart from Italy, we ask, where is the guilt in living vicariously?  Without further ado, here is our selection of favorite titles we like to think of as “chicken soup” for the Italophile: 

Eat, Pray, Love  Elizabeth Gilbert 

You may have heard of this tale from the 2010 major motion picture featuring Julia Roberts.  The book, as in many cases, is remarkably superior to its screen adaptation.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert jets you around the globe to 3 deliberate destinations, on a gallant endeavor to rejuvenate her love of life.  She sweeps her NY existence under the rug to pass her first few months in Rome, enthusiastic to study the Italian language. There she makes close connections with new friends and together they admirably celebrate the Italian way of living.  She scribes charismatically of her overindulgence in the local gastronomy. As her jean size increases, it becomes apparent that her reason for being in Italy has evolved to ”eat”. Later she goes on to experience India, where she joins an ashram for 3 months of “pray”, her spiritual development.  The last leg of her tour is in Indonesia, where she unwittingly discovers something she didn’t expect life to ever gift her again, “love”. Your heart will swell over the sincerity in Gilbert’s expression of naked emotions. At minimum, you’ll get a few laughs, seeing Rome through her experience, sharing her wanderlust for travel and her love of Italian cuisine!

Under the Tuscan Sun Francis Mayes

This triumphant memoir experienced mainstream success, remaining on the NYTimes best-seller list for nearly three years and was later adapted into a major motion picture in 2003.  American author Francis Mayes is touring the countryside of Tuscany, in search of her life’s next true-calling: Bramasole, that is, a crumbling, yet charming old villa for sale. She becomes magnetized to the property and gambles her life savings to attain it, transfixed by the potential she sees.  With limited time and too much on the line to dwell in buyer’s remorse, Mayes gets to work. She recounts the daily grievances and rewards that come along with home restoration, paired with the incredulity of a new life in a foreign country. Expression of sensations is what Mayes does best in this enchanting narrative.  Her articulation of sheer joy seemingly creates a warmth within its readers, one might fantasize as the radiance of the Tuscan sun.

The Pursuit of Italy David Gilmour

Gilmour, an English journalist and decades-long serial traveler of Italy, felt compelled to challenge the question of Garibaldi’s Risorgimento.  Had Italy been better off divided into 3, maybe 4 nation states? In his pursuit of an answer, he stays in all 20 of Italy’s regions to gain perspective on their heterogeneity.

He traces the divisions and regionalism of Italy back to the roots of its origin, that is, the country’s origin, feeding you mouthfuls of facts and morsels of analysis.  His recount of Italian evolution is carefully researched, organized and laid out before you to greedily ingest.

Four Seasons in Rome: Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Anthony Doerr

Yes! Doerr wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the light we cannot see from his apartment in Monteverde, during a year long fellowship at the American Academy.  His memoir is framed through the eyes of a recent father of twins, grappling with his first experience living abroad, juggling his university research of Pliney the Eldest and producing short story assignments, all stymied by inexplicable insomnia.

The story doesn’t always center-focus on him.  Doerr’s meticulous Roman history research digs centuries underground the streets he walks over.  He often pauses to consider the magnitude of his surroundings. He leads you through places often overlooked by tourists and locals, where the naked eye can no longer identify what once existed.  He ponders the significance of each location through a barrage of facts, analysis and his overall feeling. Evocative and illuminating, his literary prowess is once again very much on display to admire in this venerated memoir.

My Two Italies  Joseph Luzzi 

In 1818 English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, were two of the most famous expatriates living in Italy when he wrote in a letter: 

"There are two Italies ... The one is the most sublime and lovely contemplation that can be conceived by the imagination of man; the other the most degraded disgusting & odious."

It was this quote that incited Italian-American author and professor Joseph Luzzi to envisage his own two Italies: the Northern Italy which we devour in our classical studies of Dante, Michaelangelo and DaVinci and the South, in particular the winding countryside of Calabria, where his peasant parents fled a post-WWII impoverished economy to immigrate to the US in hopes of greater prosperity.

Luzzi focuses the lens on being brought up by two southern Italians in the suburbs of Rhode Island in the 1970s, where daily life is executed, like the farm animals raised for food, in true old-world Calabrian style.  Like most first generation Italian immigrants, his parents never acclimated to the American way, which leaves him with the bittersweet acknowledgement that even decades later as his father is passing, his parents were still but two foreigners displaced from their treasured homeland.  This book may strike a chord with fellow (southern) Italian- American readers, tackling issues such as the desire and tendency to admire the rich Renaissance history of the North, the shame and embarrassment of originating from a destitute region often overlooked, and even feeling a sense of loss, where one was not afforded the experience of growing up in Italy.  Luzzi interweaves classic Italian poems, insight of the Italian identity and two decades of modern political history into his memories in a reconciliation of love and tragedy.

Naples ‘44 Norman Lewis

This historical memoir of a British officer stationed in Naples in 1944 was recently adapted into a documentary by director and screenwriter Francesco Patierno.  

Norman Lewis, an esteemed travel writer, was a British officer during WWII, stationed in the Campania region.  He writes about his year spent in Naples, where he was called on to investigate and sanction or reject the validity of marriage license applications for British soldiers and Italian women.  His account of a poverty-stricken, war-time Naples is quite comprehensive, as his job necessitates frequent contact with the locals. He comes across all the ”usual suspects”, unknowingly describing the timeless archetypes of Napolitan society, who one may know or live by or be related to, in modern-day Naples.  

   He experiences mixed sentiment towards the Napolitan people.  Throughout his stay, his reactions circle 360, from abhorrence and compassion, to contempt and even amusement.  He is disgusted by the hustling and thievery. He is dumbfounded by how effectively and efficiently it is carried out.  He is forgiving, as he witnesses a city of bodies wither away from hunger. His final thoughts as he departs from Naples make for a touching twist.

Norman Lewis went on to publish two more travel books about Italy, In Sicily and The History of the Mafia, which are also great, informative reads.

Italian Neighbors  & An Italian Education Tim Parks

Parks is an Englishman in Verona.  In his first Italian memoir, he records the absurdity and hilarity of communications with his very own neighbors, both through a language and cultural barrier.  His second installment, An Italian Education,  highlights the experience of living in Italy as a family unit with his young son.  His heavily descriptive views often glorify and even romanticize the Italian way of life.  He deserves an honorable mention in the Italophile genre.

Naked (in Italy) M.E. Evans

This is our wildcard pick, as it’s more unconventional.   Appropriately titled, author M.E. Evans bares it in this cheeky tell-all that will captivate you from cover to cover.

Evans originally gained notoriety from her popular blog site, Surviving Italy, where she chronicled her misadventures of living and studying in Florence with more honesty than we sometimes afford ourselves.  If you are a fan of her blog posts, you will appreciate her debut novel even further, which features finer points on new stories.

As she is mourning from the sudden loss of her brother, American university student Misty Evans decides she needs a change of scenery.  In a fit of impracticality, she switches her major to art and transfers to Florence, in search of her own revival. Filled with romanticism and dreams of grandeur, Evans tells you what really happens when you mix grief, culture shock, artistic insecurity and limoncello in the “Birthplace of the Renaissance”.  Then a southern Italian man enters the scene, who is most-assuredly followed by a southern Italian mother. Things couldn’t get more interesting for Misty, who accounts for this with clever wit and some vulgarity in a book that will have you laughing page by page.

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Crivelli’s Gold, Until Jan 21 

The small but precious exhibition set up in the Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums focuses on the significant collection of works, preserved by the Vatican Museums, by the great Venetian artist, active in the period from 1463 to 1494, and famous for the elegance of his stylistic and representational inventions, for the ability to merge. Renaissance achievements in the study of figures with late Gothic taste and the use of gold.

76th Anniversary of Allied Landings in Anzio and Nettuno, Jan 22

On Jan 22, at 10:45 a.m., Sicily-Rome American Cemetery will host a ceremony in remembrance of the 76th anniversary of the Allied Landings in Anzio and Nettuno, Italy. The ceremony will include a wreath laying and a concert by local students who will also share stories about some of the service members who lost their lives during the war and are buried at the cemetery. Later that day at 3:00 p.m., cyclists from Pedalando Nella Storia(Pedaling through History) will be greeted at the cemetery to mark the completion of their ride in hon-or of this anniversary. Attendance for all events is free and open to the public.

Les Etoiles, Gala Internazionale di Danza, Jan 24-26

An amazing event, with the best dancers from ballet troupes around the world, coming to the stage in Rome to showcase their talent. Dance lovers, do not miss this event.

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Art Nouveau. The Triumph of Beauty, Turin, Until Jan 26

This is a journey to discover Art Nouveau (known as Stile Floreale or Stile Liberty in Italy and Jugendstil in Germany). The artistic and philosophical movement was developed between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and was characterized by the decorative elegance of soft, sinuous lines. Posters, paintings and ceramics offer insight into this extraordinary artistic and artisanal movement that changed decorative taste at the beginning of the 20th century.

Carpe Sidera. The Wonder of the Sky on the Beauty of Rome, Until Jan 26

The thirty shots on display at the Museo Civico di Zoologia depict the sky above Rome. Friends of poets, philosophers and scientists, the moon and the stars have observed history passing by, watching over us. In a big city, however, it is more and more difficult to seize their timeless beauty, overshadowed by the pollution of too many artificial lights. Hence the project of Gianluca Masi, astronomer of the Roman Planetarium but also a researcher and passionate scientific divulger: let the celestial vault and the urban spaces dialogue, to rediscover and protect that treasure of wonders hidden in the firmament.

We Will Rock You, Jan 28-Feb 2

The sensational rock opera that stages 24 of Queen's biggest hits, has been one of the most performed shows in the world since 2002. Over two and a half hours of entertainment to the overwhelming and engaging rhythm of rock music, performed in the original language and live by the extraordinary cast. A great love story: for Music, for Freedom and for Life.

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Supermagic- Illusions, Jan 30- Feb 9

An ancient time of alchemical rituals, philosophers’ stones, soothsayers and wizards: the journey to the edge of reality returns with Supermagic Illusions, the great magical variety show. Eight stars, an extraordinary cast of over 20 artists and a surprising scenography transform the stage of Teatro Olimpico into the realm of imagination, with sudden appearances, special effects, doves, transformations, magic tricks and levitations. 2 hours of entertainment to daydream and feel breathless. A new challenge, an engaging show.

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Comics in the Museums, Until Feb 16

After involving twenty-two symbolic Italian venues, from Pompeii to the Colosseum, it’s time for the second edition of “Comics in the Museums”, with twenty-nine new books set in as many Italian museums. Covers, strips, drawings, and sketches introduce visitors to the new language chosen to explain young people (but not only) the museums, allowing them to discover the Italian collections and the buildings that house them, explore hidden corners, amaze and have fun.

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I Love Lego, Rome, Until Apr 19

A full exhibition revolving around the world of LEGO® bricks becomes the protagonist of the spaces of Palazzo Bonaparte. Over 1,000 assembled LEGO® bricks highlight the transformation of LEGO® from a kid’s toy to tools to create true art masterpieces. Modern cities, historical monuments, as well as real and imaginary worlds, have been recreated with a colorful and creative use of small bricks by RomaBrick, one of the first Lego®User Group in Europe. The creations include the world and the adventures of pirates, forests as well as an ideal concept of a contemporary city.

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Rome Cooking Workshops gives you 25% OFF on our best seller cooking classes. We offer three different unique culinary experiences.

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Maestro Chef Challenge7th of December at 10:30 am – Market, cook and compete! Get ready to create authentic Italian recipes in our pulse-racing, high-adrenaline kitchen. Let’s say you can cook well, but the question is how fast? Want to try?

 

Wine Tasting and Pasta Making, 6th of December at 7:30 pm – Come and drink the most delightful wines with us while you get your fangs into some amazing cheese and ham! You will also have a pasta making class in this fun! Sounds interesting?

 

Pasta and tiramisu makingPasta and Tiramisu Making7th of December at 4:30 pm – Roll up your sleeves! You will join one of the most fun and edutaining pasta and tiramisu making class. Let you have all the fun on Saturday with us! Want to join?

 

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Italian passport and ID card are placed on the map of ItalyToday with legal assistance we discuss the matter of Italian citizenship.

ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP CAN BE ACQUIRED IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS (Law No. 91/1992):

1) CITIZENSHIP AS A RESULT OF ITALIAN PARENTS/ANCESTORS (“ius sanguinis”)

A person acquires Italian citizenship when born of a father, a mother who are Italian citizens or whose ancestors (there are no limits of generations) are Italian citizens. Hence the principle of ius sanguinis - already enshrined in the previous legislation - is reaffirmed as a key principle for the acquisition of citizenship, while the ius soli remains an exceptional and residual case.

2) CITIZENSHIP GRANTED TO PERSONS BORN ON ITALIAN SOIL  (“ius soli”)

Italian citizenship is granted to:

- the subjects  born on Italian soil whose parents are unknown, stateless or cannot pass on their citizenship to their children according to the laws of the State of which they are citizens;

- the children of unknown parentage found abandoned on Italian soil, whose citizenship is impossible to ascertain.

3) ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP WHEN MINORS

Law attaches particular importance to the acquisition of citizenship when minors as a result of:

-judicial ruling on  paternity / maternity (a minor who is recognized by an Italian citizen to be of Italian parentage or is declared to be of Italian parentage through a judiciary ruling on paternity / maternity;

-adoption;

-parent’ s naturalization (the minor children of those who acquire or reacquire Italian citizenship, when living together with them, shall acquire Italian citizenship, but, after coming of legal age, they can renounce it, if in possession of other citizenship).

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4) ACQUISITION BY CLAIM (article 4 of Law No. 91/92)

- A person whose father, mother or whose ascendants in a direct line of second degree were born Italians can acquire citizenship by claim: a) if he/she serves in the military for the Italian State; b) if he/she works as a public employer for the Italian State, also abroad; c) if, at the age of 18, he/she has resided legally in Italy for at least two years.

- A person who is born in Italy and has resided legally in Italy without interruption until the age of 18 can become an Italian citizen upon request before the age of 19.

5) CITIZENSHIP BY MARRIAGE TO AN ITALIAN CITIZEN OR BY CIVIL PARTNERSHIP 

The foreign spouse can acquire Italian citizenship upon request, if the following requirements are met:

- in Italy: two years of legal residence after marriage;

- abroad: three years after marriage.

These terms are halved, for example, if the subjects have children.

6) ACQUISITION BY RESIDENCE

As a general rule, for non-EU foreigners, legal residence on the territory of the Italian State for at least 10 years is required, but there are many cases for which the period of residence required is lower:

- 3 years of legal residence for the foreigners whose father, mother or any of the ascendants in a direct line of second degree were Italians by birth or for the foreigners born in Italy and residing there;

- 4 years for the citizen of an EU Member State;

- 5 years of legal residence following adoption for the foreigners of legal age, or following the recognition of status for stateless people or political refugees.

7) GRANTING OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIPS PURSUANT TO SPECIAL MERITS

To foreigners who rendered eminent services to Italy, or when there is an exceptional interest of the State.

The starting of the procedure does not require an initiative of the subject concerned, but requires a proposal made by bodies, organizations, public personalities, associations, etc. proving a thorough assessment of the existence of the requirements established by law.

8) GRANTING OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIPS PURSUANT TO SPECIAL LAWS (Law No. 379 of December 14, 2000)

The declaration designed to obtain Italian citizenship for the persons born and formerly living in the territories of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and their descendants, pursuant to Law 379/2000, could be made by December 20, 2010 to the Italian consular authorities, if the applicant was living abroad, or to the Civil Status Registrar of the Municipality, if the applicant was living in Italy.

 

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