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Art appreciation in Italy: Prioritize In Situ

Art appreciation in Italy: Prioritize In Situ

July 16, 2009

    What do the Sistine Chapel, the mosaics in Piazza Armerina or Ravenna, Coreggio’s masterpiece in Parma, and Milan’s Last Supper have in common? The art is all in situ (on site), meaning it was created for a specific place. And lucky for us, it is…

Which Museums to Visit in Italy? A guide to help you decide.

Which Museums to Visit in Italy? A guide to help you decide.

July 03, 2009

Italy has 3,800 museums, many of them world-class. With limited vacation time and so many other things to see, how does a traveler decide which museums to visit in Italy – which ones make the cut to be included in…

How to open an Italian Bank Account

How to open an Italian Bank Account

April 14, 2009

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,…

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

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

March 24, 2009

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….

Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

February 24, 2009

  Sure, we all have checklists when we go to Italy. There are things we definitely want to see. But I suggest adding “time to amble” to any Italian checklist.   Walk slowly and notice the rooftops, walls of buildings,…

Parking for Women

Parking for Women

December 23, 2008

I took this photo in a parking garage in Turin. The sign translates as: Parking Spot Reserved for Women I had a couple different reactions to this sign: on one hand, I was grateful, because the spot was wider than…

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