What’s next for solo cose belle?

Ciao a tutti! If you're reading this post, you're either my grandparents or you're actually a fan of my blog. Hopefully you're a fan of my writing and photography regardless if we're related or not! Maybe you've been following since day one, when I arrived here in Siracusa, Sicily, or maybe you're a new follower whom I've…Read more What’s next for solo cose belle?

Food Rules in Italy – 8 Commandments to Follow

This is a 100% accurate article about the basic laws of eating in Italy! I always laugh that they’re more strict about their social & dining rules than they are traffic ones.

Thanks for the great article Diana! I look forward to reading the rest of your blog.

Buon appetito!


Italy Translated

Yes, it is true, food DOES rule in Italy.  But one must also FOLLOW the food rules in Italy as well.  Here below are some of the standard rules to help you avoid getting into trouble with the locals on your next visit to Italy.

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Happy Mother’s Day from solo cose belle!

  Without my own mother, I don't know if I would have had the strength, courage, or creativity to travel abroad for so long and be able to blog about it! Thank you, Mama. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day! Time to show your appreciation for all those times changed your diaper in the middle…Read more Happy Mother’s Day from solo cose belle!

Does This Video Change The Way You See Italy?

Another great post from Living in Italy. Moving to Italy. Loving in Italy. Laughing in Italy. My question is, who is the target market? Other than YouTube, where has this been published? The call to action is definitely missing, as well as the native-English proofreader who should have looked this over before going live.

Rather than downplaying the stereotypes that sure won’t be forgotten by the world any time soon, I agree that they should have turned these into Italy’s strengths, and THEN carried on to talk about Italy’s more academic and technical conquests.

Then again, I’m very unclear on who the video was intended for – Tourists? Students? Government diplomats? BOH! Knowing this will of course change the direction and objectives of the project.

Living In Italy.Moving To Italy. Loving In Italy. Laughing In Italy.

Similarly to a turtle that’s stuck on it’s back, Italy is desperately flailing to get to it’s feet and recover from it’s economic, political, and social setbacks. Their solution? This video, titled, “Italy, The Extraordinary Commonplace.” I actually don’t even know what that means. Does anyone know what that means? The video is in English, and aims to clean the soiled reputation of a once great nation.

Italy is trying to rebrand itself.

The video has gotten mixed reviews but a lot of them are good. ABC recently wrote a story titled, “Italy Promo Gets Thumbs Up For Turning Stereotypes Around.”

The video was created by The Ministry Of Economic Development. So far the YouTube video has been viewed over 390,000 times. It’s nice to see that Italy has finally found a way to market itself differently and is trying to change it’s image in hopes of increasing interest from…

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10 Surprising Ways That Studying In Florence, Italy Will Change You

I was going to write something similar, but this pretty much sums it up. Now I have more time to eat pizza and think about how I’m not stuck in a Canadian snow storm right now.

Living In Italy.Moving To Italy. Loving In Italy. Laughing In Italy.


1. You’ll become addicted. There are few people who study in Italy and think to themselves, “Meh, whatev, Ohio is way better.” Once you’ve lived in Florence there will probably be a small part of you that always wants to return. You’ll develop a permanent sort of nostalgia for the place.

2. Your friends will be totally annoyed with you. “In Italy…” for the five-millionth time will get old and everyone will want to slap the shit out of you. Instead of talking about Italy, just gaze longingly at your scrap book. Eventually you’ll resort to hours on blogs about living in Italy.  <—-Winning!

3. When you return to the US you’ll be appalled by how the guys dress (with the exception of NY, of course). You’ll probably get all judgy about outfits and demand that your boyfriends dress better or, if you’re a guy, you’ll probably get teased for not dressing like a…

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