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

PS If you want to contact me, you can send me a message here.

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)


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  • The views from the west side of the island make me anxious, too exposed to the open sea. Back during the 1500s , Forio was continuallly ransacked by pirate invaders and they rebuilt the village around a tower system and series of winding streets that gave the natives time to go to and hide in the towers. Maybe I’m picking up on those memories of terror. Anyway, while I was preparing my move to Ischia, the idea of being surrounded by the sea scared me. But still I moved here.
  • I’m not an habitual coffee drinker, I’ve been a tea drinker for most of my life. But having a coffee feels like a special moment. Like walking to town and stopping at my favourite bar for an espresso at the counter and chatting to the barista while I shake the sugar packet and stir in a spoonful. And maybe at home after lunch with the neighbourhood so quiet, I’ll put a moka on the stove and get my favourite cup ready. At home, I drink the coffee amaro, without sugar. I don’t have a palate for coffee and can’t tell when it’s good or bad, but I’d like to know more about it. Coffee is mysterious. #filmm
  • The past few days have been windy with stormy seas, but it’s not enough to stop the vitamin D walks that burn away the winter blues.
  • My heart keeps expanding to let more and more cats into my life.
  • I went for a drive on my own to Sant’ Angelo and it was the first time since I’ve gotten my Italian license that it felt like I was driving rather than just concentrating really hard on making a car move. In order to learn to drive stick, I had to forget everything I knew about driving and start over. It was really really really difficult and surprisingly quite emotional. But I think I’m getting the hang of it now and yesterday was such a beautiful day to go for a drive. I stopped to take a photo of this and couldn’t believe that I could take myself here. I think my parents would have been proud of me. #iloveischia

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