The Difference between Carabinieri and Polizia

Whether you live in Italy or are just here for a minute, you might have noticed all the different police around. In any major city you will probably run into a few Carabinieri, Polizia in blue, and Polizia Municipale, plus of course the men-in-green Guardia di Finanza. In the eyes of the ordinary passer-by, theyContinue reading “The Difference between Carabinieri and Polizia”

What is the Langhe? Piedmont’s best wine region

If you have already explored Northern Italian wines, chances are you have already heard of the Langhe. The Langhe is one of Piedmont’s best wine regions, located just south of Turin. This beautiful region is filled with medieval Borghi and historic castles, rolling hills, plenty of vineyards, and delicious food. Let’s take a better lookContinue reading “What is the Langhe? Piedmont’s best wine region”

Driving in Italy- Getting an Italian Driver’s License

Once you have settled a little more in Italy, have your residence, permesso di soggiorno, and your tessera sanitaria and doc figured out, you might want to look into getting a driver’s license. To be clear – if you are an American you can use an international driver’s license for your first year in Italy,Continue reading “Driving in Italy- Getting an Italian Driver’s License”

Explore Virtual Italy Events- Airbnb Experiences

While I try to switch up our own monthly events, offering weekly wine and culture talks, another great place for virtual Italy events is over on AirBnb experiences. Since the start of the pandemic, AirBnb offered the option for experiences to go online. I absolutely love Airbnb experiences, I offer two tours through them andContinue reading “Explore Virtual Italy Events- Airbnb Experiences”

The best of Italy’s Christmas traditions

Let’s be clear, Christmas season in Italy doesn’t mean just the 24th and 25th of December. No, In fact the best of Italy’s Christmas Traditions span a whole month, from December 8th and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to January 6th and Befana. Panettone My favorite of Italy’s Christmas traditions holiday tradition, the panettone. ButContinue reading “The best of Italy’s Christmas traditions”

Italy’s Own Santa Claus: San Nicola

Every country or region of the world seems to have its own little Santa Claus story. Whether it is the name Saint Nick, or the trend of bringing gifts to children, you will surely find a saint figure in each culture that fits a Santa Claus story. Even Italy has its own Santa Claus story,Continue reading “Italy’s Own Santa Claus: San Nicola”

A little intro to the Italian Partita IVA

Well, the original title was Everything you need to know – I quickly realized my understanding of this topic is limited. I want to share with you all I know so at least you can get an idea of the options available! If you have moved to Italy and are hoping to open a smallContinue reading “A little intro to the Italian Partita IVA”