Do you know the name of this mountain? (and why you should know local names)

Is it: a) Matterhorn b) Mont Cervin c) Monte Cervino d) all of the above The answer is D. Asking Italians about The Matterhorn – a Swiss mountain also visible from Italy and France – will produce blank stares. I speak from experience. But ask about Il Cervino and you’ll be met with enthusiasm about…

How To Drive Like an Italian: 10 Italy driving tips

How To Drive Like an Italian: 10 Italy driving tips

[This is an excerpt from our ebook Driving in Italy. Download it for free, Click Here. Italians have a reputation for being crazy drivers, and sure, you may see some crazy drivers especially in cities. But I would argue that in general, Italians are some of the best drivers in the world. It’s a matter…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Driving, My Stories | 19 Comments

How to open an Italian Bank Account

This is Part II of my experience navigating the bureaucracy in Italy after relocating to Milan on a corporate expat assignment, and below I describe how I opened an Italian bank account, got an Italian ID card, and got La Residenza, or residency status. If you’d like to read about how I got my fiscal code,…

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in My Stories, Working in Italy | No Comments

Navigating the Bureaucracy: How Can I Work Legally in Italy?

Living in Italy is very different from being a tourist in Italy, in large part because of Italian bureaucracy. I have worked legally in Italy in a couple different jobs: first as a tour guide, and then as an expat. This post is about how I navigated the bureaucracy in order to work legally in…