Rome, 2010, right after I ate a shit-load of cheese

Hello Italy Lovers!

Are you thinking about visiting Italy? Maybe you’re curious about the Naples region and the island of Ischia? Or maybe you’re even thinking about moving here?

I’m Giovanna, an Italian-American living in Italy.  My mom and dad are both from Napoli, but I was born and raised in New York. I spent summers in Napoli and from almost as soon as I was born, I wanted to live in Italy. I tried in so many ways over the years and it hasn’t been easy. During times of immigration fiascoes, heartache, loneliness, and uncertainty, I’ve kept myself going by reminding myself that I had made it this far and wouldn’t let self-doubt turn me back. (You can read more about my moving abroad story here.)

I’m finally here. As of December 2017, me and my Venetian partner Marituccio made the big move from London to Naples and we’re now living on the island of Ischia. It’s been a long process, but I finally made it back here.

I’m inspired by my childhood memories of summers in Napoli – that sunlight that burned my heart with freedom, companionship, food and possibility – and that feeds the type of life I’m trying to create. I love writing, cooking, traveling, making things and Italian history and I want to share these things with you and hope that they may inspire you to follow that gut feeling and come to Italy. Thank you for stopping by!

x Giovanna

Here are a few of my own favourite blog posts:

Back to cooking and Spaghetti allo Scammaro

Ischia, our new home

Our first year in Italy

Getting Italian citizenship through marriage

Step by step process of getting a Permesso di Soggiorno for a spouse of an Italian/EU citizen (motivi familiari)