Going forward, my ItalyWise blog will be dedicated primarily to the Italian culture and language.
I know that already I’ve presented quite a bit about the culture and language. But I feel as though I’ve only begun to scratch the surface. AND, I’m increasingly concerned that many people considering making Italy their home don’t realize how inextricably the culture and language are intertwined and how knowledge and competency in both are essential to a rich experience here. Too many people, in my opinion, come to Italy and tote along most of their homegrown habits and don’t do the work (yes, it can be exhausting) to learn and reach a competent level of the language and integrate themselves into the Italian ways of life.
My ItalyWise blog no longer will include immigration issues.
This means anything relating to obtaining visas, permessos, and citizenship. I am not an immigration expert and much has changed since I landed in Italy eight years ago. The lion’s share of inquiries I’m receiving are about a myriad of issues pertaining to immigration—so much in fact that I’ve taken a step back, realizing I’m out of my depth in a topic for which people need expert answers. Believe me, I know the frustrating experience of trying to find thorough, clear, and dependable sources of information on this most fundamental aspect of moving to Italy long-term. I feel your pain.
The same goes for working/business issues in Italy, personal finance, and tax issues. For the latter I offer one simple piece of advice: Employ the expert and indispensable counsel of qualified accountants in both one’s home country and in Italy.