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  1. Ciao Arlene, my name is Stefano, I live in northern Italy. First, sorry for my poor English, it’s not my mother language, so I’ll try to write the best I can. I’ve read you’re taking Italian classes but I don’t want you to struggle with translation, so I’m writing in English (hope you don’t mind it). Yesterday I was checking a site whose name is “Expats in Italy” and I casually picked up one of your posts (the one related to a cocktail bar in Rome). I liked the way you wrote it and I went on reading other posts. They were fun and gave me an interesting look at the way you american people consider our way of living. I learned you wrote a book (I’ve read some excerpts on Amazonbooks) and also were involved in the screenplay of a recently released movie. But the fact that impressed me the most was your move to Rome. How did you come to the idea of moving to Italy after living in L.A. and N.Y.C.? Do you like more living in Italy than in the States? Best wishes

    1. Ciao Stefano,

      Thanks for reading (and for writing in English).

      It’s a long story how I ended up moving from L.A. to Rome. I never thought in a millions years I would live in Italy! Paris or London, yes.

      On my old blog (you can find the link to it on the “About” page) I wrote about the process as it was happening.

      The links “Countdown to Rome” and “E.U. Citizenship” include some of the posts where I explain how and why I moved here. This post,, was written last year on the third anniversary of my move.

      Italy is not perfect. No country is, but I made the choice to move knowing it wouldn’t be like a movie.

      I am very happy living here and have no plans to move back to America.

  2. Arlene, thank you very much for answering me. I completely agree with your line: “I made the choice to move knowing it wouldn’t be like a movie”.This is really the right approach. I also agree Italy isn’t perfect. Anyway, you are one of the many american people I met in my life that decided to stay in Italy for good. Evidently, there must be something here that lures (is it correct?) foreign people. Nice talking! Ciao, alla prossima.

  3. I am looking for a good and reasonable shoemaker. I want to get some handmade loafers and stilleto boots. I am coming to Italy from 11/2 to 11/23

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