10 insulting ways to describe someone in Italian


Photo: Deposit Photos Here’s what to say when people get on the wrong side of you in Italy. By:Clare Speak/The Local When living in Italy, you’ll no doubt come across a dodgy character or two before long. And you’ll want to use a few colorful words when later describing such encounters to your Italian friends.Continue reading “10 insulting ways to describe someone in Italian”

The secret life of class reunions


A class reunion is a time machine of sorts… By: Scarlet Michaelson/The American in Italia The closest invention to a time machine is perhaps the high school reunion. Going back to the campus where you went to school every day as a teenager and experiencing that strong sense of familiarity – even though years have passedContinue reading “The secret life of class reunions”

Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash


Is your Wifi in Italy fast enough to let you FaceTime? Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP International residents in Italy are less satisfied with digital services than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new expat survey.   Italy ranked 57th out of 68 countries around the world when foreign residents were asked to rate the easeContinue reading “Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash”

Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome


Fireworks in Venice. Photo: msavoia/Depositphotos By:Catherine Edwards/ The Local The Italians have a reputation for being a superstitious bunch, and some of their New Year customs can startle the uninitiated foreigner. From the correct underwear to smashing crockery, The Local looks at the stories behind Italy’s strangest New Year traditions.   They wear red underwearContinue reading “Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome”

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is slowly losing its lean


  The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on Wednesday. The tower’s Surveillance Group, set up to monitor restoration progress, said in a statement that after 17 years of observation “the Tower of Pisa is stable andContinue reading “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is slowly losing its lean”

Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread


Santa Cesarea Terme on Puglia’s Adriatic coast boasts great beaches, explorable sea caves and naturally occurring hot springs.         The seaside town of Sperlonga in south Lazio has been the getaway of choice for those in the know since antiquity. It’s easy to see why. The resort of Stintino in northern SardiniaContinue reading “Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread”

Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world, Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impressionContinue reading “Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.”

Condominium blues


If he doesn’t get his way, expect one outcome only. By: Elaine Luti/The American in Italia There’s a man in my condominium complex who has decided he’s the boss of the place. He expects everything he wants to go his way. What he doesn’t propose, he resists or undermines. He’s admittedly done a lot forContinue reading “Condominium blues”

FOOD FIGHT! Why thousands of people join a massive food fight in this Italian town each year


Ivrea’s Battle of the Oranges is one of Italy’s most famous and messiest carnivals. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP Italy is home to many spectacular spring carnivals, from masks and extravagant costumes in Venice to political satire in Viareggio. But one of the most unusual festivals takes place in a small town in northwestern Italy, where thousandsContinue reading “FOOD FIGHT! Why thousands of people join a massive food fight in this Italian town each year”

Seven reasons autumn is the best time to visit Italy


Beautiful sunsets and empty streets: That’s autumnn in Rome. Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr It’s never a bad time for an Italian holiday, but autumn is when the country really comes into its own. Read on for the top reasons you should book a trip here now. 1. The Colors Autumn by Lake Como. Photo: rglinsky/Depositphotos WhetherContinue reading “Seven reasons autumn is the best time to visit Italy”