The real life in italy podcast

Doing our best to understand life in Italy as a foreigner, through culture, bureaucracy, and beyond

We're bringing you what you need to make life in Italy as a foreigner just a bit easier. Cutting through the bullshit of “La Dolce Vita” to share with you what you really need to know while living in Italy. From tidbits of Italian culture to navigating the nightmarish bureaucracy, and even some language tips, you’ll find it all here.

Here’s some topics we’ll be covering:

  • Who the fuck was this Garibaldi guy? And this Aldo Moro? Why does every town have a Via XX Settembre?!
  • How do I get my Permesso di Soggiorno and more importantly, dear God how do I survive the Questura?
  • What DOES mi raccomando mean?
  • What Birth Control is in Italy? Can I get IVF on Healthcare? What are my options when pregnant in Italy? (Yes, we’ll get serious.)
  • What IS the difference between Carabinieri and Polizia?!
  • No really, can I get an iced coffee in Italy?

Living in Italy as a foreigner is filled with challenges and moments where we all want to cry, rip out our hair, throw the towel in, and say basta, I’m going home. You’re not alone. But frankly, I’m a strong believer in the fact that the more we understand why things are the way they are, we can learn to accept them. The more we are able to confidently understand our life abroad, the easier, and more enjoyable it gets.


RSS Episode List

  • The Italian Partita IVA: What to know for being self-employed in Italy (Part 1)
    Ready for another, more practical, episode of The Real Life in Italy? We’re talking about the Partita IVA, what it is, when you need it, and how it all works. If you as a foreigner living in Italy, ever had hopes of opening a small business or going freelance in Italy, then you’ll need to […]
  • Understanding the Mafia in Italy
    On this episode of The Real Life in Italy, we’re getting into a topic I think is so important to understand: The Mafia in Italy or rather, Italian Organized Crime. This is a little 101 for you to understand how these organizations operate, where they operate, and who they are. Oh, and how that might […]
  • Garibaldi and Cavour's Legacy with Verity Pryor-Harden
    This episode of the Real Life in Italy is answering the question: who the hell were Garibaldi and Cavour anyway? These names are everywhere we look in Italy. It’s because these two characters were key players in the Italian Unification - the Risorgimento. There’s a long, long history lesson behind that, but today, let’s take […]
  • Exploring Italy's Coffee Culture: An Expat's Guide with Catalin Varela
    This episode of The Real Life in Italy is all about one of our favorite topics: Coffee in Italy. Living in Italy coffee probably shows up in your daily life - either you're like me and you're addicted, or it's not your thing but you find yourself trying to navigate the social aspect of it. […]
  • The Permesso di Soggiorno and How to Survive the Questura
    A bonus bureaucratic episode for you this week. We’re talking all about the Permesso di Soggiorno - the Italian Residence Permit. An essential part of life in Italy as a foreigner, but also our worst nightmare as expats in Italy, and while I admit it can be a boring topic, you need to know about […]
  • What IS the Difference between the Carabinieri and the Polizia?!
    On this episode of The Real Life in Italy we’re finally answering What IS the difference between the Carabinieri and Polizia? A question I know many expats in Italy have probably asked themselves every once a awhile. Probably the more important question we've asked living in Italy is: no seriously, WHO DO I CALL? Turns […]
  • Caught Inbetween Cultures: How I made Italy home, and how it's still hard.
    In this kick-off episode of The Real Life in Italy, I'll share my story of how I moved to Italy, and what it's been like since then. Even after 12 years of living in Italy, I don't feel any closer to being Italian, and I feel even further from being American. As expats in Italy, […]