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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  • A portrait I got done on my 30th birthday in Piazza Navona. I had just moved to Rome and spent my birthday by myself. That morning I woke up with an itchy head and realized I had gotten lice. Probably from someone on a bus. After spending the day washing my hair, clothes and sheets, I went out into the center. I wanted to get my portrait done, somehow capture turning 30. It doesn’t look like me but I see how determined I was to live in Italy even if I didn’t know how I was going to do it. Tomorrow I turn 40 and I’m still here. That’s pretty neat.
  • This morning I took my niece Adg and nephew-in-law Jayjay to the port at 6 am to get one of the first boats back to the mainland so they could catch the plane back to New York. Goodbyes and heavy sadness. I drove down to the castle and caught the sunrise and waited for their boat to pass by. The sunrise eased the sadness a tiny bit, but now I’m back home with the cats and it’s hard.
  • This summer is the best! (I gave 2 euros to some kids to take pictures of me and the ciambella. They used the money to buy candy.) #iloveischia
  • This is one of the dirt roads that takes me home during the summer. Walking here on a hot quiet afternoon reminds me when I was little and all the grownups took naps and I got to do my own secret things unobserved and in peace. #iloveischia
  • happy #solstice! this is my favourite day of the year. when i was little, i wanted to get married on either the summer solstice or the 4th of july. instead i got married on my birthday. #iloveischia

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