Studio tour of Keramos d’Ischia in Forio, Ischia

If you walk around the island for awhile, you’ll notice there are beautifully coloured ceramics everywhere from window sills to doorways, from street signs to restaurant signs, from gorgeous murals on the front of buildings to tiny tiles of house numbers. If you take a close look, you may notice that in the corner of many of these signs is written Keramos d’Ischia. These custom hand-made signs come from the ceramics shop Keramos d’Ischia in…

5 Ways to improve your Italian

For all of you learning Italian, I’ve put together 5 ways to improve your Italian using online resources. I use these all the time as I’m always trying to improve my Italian. Even though I grew up with the Neapolitan dialect spoken at home, I didn’t start studying Italian until I was in my 20s. Up until then, whatever I spoke was a mottled broken dialect, learned all by ear and mixed with English and…

Walking around the Giardini La Mortella

Ischia keeps surprising me. As soon as I start to think I’m beginning to understand the island, it suddenly shows another side to me. It’s a volcanic island with fertile soil and has a rich agricultural and wine-making history. But it also has a famous residential botanical garden, visited by garden historians and enthusiasts from around the world – i Giardini La Mortella in Forio. British composer William Walton and his Argentian wife Susana Walton…

What to do in September in Ischia

My mother used to say that when September came around, Ischia finally became hers to enjoy. It was her favourite month. I’ve never liked autumn and my heart deflates as summer winds down, but now that I live in Ischia I understand why my mother loved September. September in Ischia really is beautiful and one of the best times to visit the island. The August crowds leave to go back to work and school and…

Holy cow, I’m 40

All summer I’ve had this number looming over my head as if being in the last few months of my 30s meant something, as if it were my last days being young and now I can’t say that I’m young anymore. Today I’m turning 40. I’ve always been the baby in my family, by a very large margin, and while I still am, turning 40 feels like a big deal, like I can’t say that…

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

my interview in Italy Magazine

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