Going for a walk in Forio during Phase 2 of the Italian Lockdown

Woo-hoo! Today is the first day of phase 2 in Italy – meaning that the lockdown is being slowly, gradually, cautiously lifted. We are finally allowed to leave our house to go for a solitary walk and to visit our family members. Up until this point, I had only left the house 3 times in 56 days – twice to walk into town to get money out of the cash point and once to the…

Ischia and the corona virus

Here in Ischia, the island is keeping safe, but we’re also battling with our own positive cases of COVID-19 and I wanted to give you an update on Ischia and the corona virus and what’s going on here. Since everything is closed and we’re all staying at home, I feel like I’m in a vacuum. I read the local newspapers online, read the comments and follow the local Facebook groups, but what I most come…

Italy and the corona virus: letter from Ischia

UPDATE: 12.3.2020 Conte announced that further restrictions have been put in place and all shops and businesses are now closed except for grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, tobacco shops and newspaper stands. I’ve updated the rules down below. Things in Italy are changing day by day and my post today could very likely be obsolete by tomorrow, but I still want to document this very strange and surreal time and give you an update about Italy,…

Six Italian teachers you must follow on Instagram

During my long convalescence from surgery in December, I’ve been spending a lot of time studying Italian and I’ve discovered a wonderful group of Italian teachers through Instagram. These are great teachers to follow because they share a bit of their Italian selves giving you a chance to understand the great varieties of Italian culture throughout the regions and practice Italian along the way. They are very generous in giving lots of authentic content and…

10 ways living in Italy has changed me

At the moment, as I’m going through a heavy bureaucratic period in my life, I’ve been thinking about how much Italy has changed me. I had major surgery in Naples back in December and I’m now dealing with the aftermath of doctor visits and further tests. That part is straightforward, but along with that comes the bureaucratic mayhem of getting referrals and prescriptions, filling out forms, and navigating the labyrinthine system of requesting hospital records.…

What’s winter like in Ischia

Many people ask me what’s winter like in Ischia. When I was growing up in New York, we would visit my family in Naples every summer. Up until I moved to Rome in July 2009, I only knew Italy in the summer. Since then I got a chance to see what life was like at different times of the year. But I never experienced winter on an island until we moved to Ischia in December…

Hi! I'm Giovanna, an Italian-American living on the island of Ischia with my Italian partner Marituccio. Up until December 2017, I was living in London, but now I've fulfilled my life long dream to live in Italy full time with a house full of cats and a lemon tree. You can read here about Ischia, Italian life and what it's like to live abroad.

my interview in Italy Magazine

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