The Real Life in Italy

The Real Life in Italy is just doing the best we can to make life in Italy as a foreigner just a bit easier. We’re cutting through the bullshit of “La Dolce Vita” to share with you what you really need to know while living in Italy. From tidbits of Italian culture to navigating the nightmarish bureaucracy, and even some language tips, you’ll find it all here. What will we be talking about? Anything and everything about living in Italy. Here’s just some questions we’ll look to answer: Who the hell was this Garibaldi guy? And this Aldo Moro? Why does every town have a Via XX Settembre?! How do I get my Permesso di Soggiorno and more importantly, dear God how do I survive the Questura? What DOES mi raccomando mean? What Birth Control is in Italy? Can I get IVF on Healthcare? What are my options when pregnant in Italy? (Yes, we’ll get serious.) What IS the difference between Carabinieri and Polizia?! No really, can I get an iced coffee in Italy? Living in Italy as a foreigner is filled with challenges and moments where we all want to cry, rip out our hair, throw the towel in, and say basta, I’m going home. You’re not alone. But I believe the more we can confidently understand our life abroad as expats in Italy, the easier, and more enjoyable it gets. My own life in Italy has taken me to struggle through, and figure out how bureaucracy, healthcare, and finances work here. Along the way, because I am a nerd, I’ve also decided to learn all I can about the long and complicated history of this country I call home. Nothing makes me happier than sharing this information with fellow expats in Italy and watching them laugh off the struggle and thrive in their new life in Italy. This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all. Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out. To learn even more about life in Italy, Italian culture, history, and bureaucracy visit: www.collineallemontagne.com Find your host, Evelyn, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/collinemontagne And if you’d like to show your support, you can always buy me a glass of wine: www.buymeacoffee/colline

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21 hours ago

In this episode of The Real Life in Italy, host Evelyn Hill chats with Jasmine Mah of QuestaDolceVita , explore the experience of being a mom in Italy as a foreigner.
We look at the things we love, and the things we are not crazy about being a mom here in Italy. We talk about cultural differences, challenges, and joys of raising children in Italy.
Topics covered include what we really think of our pediatrician, or what they think of us; the dynamics of raising a bilingual kid, and the Italian approach to maternity leave and daycare. The episode also highlights specific cultural practices like weaning (svezzamento), attitudes towards cleanliness and weight, and the social dynamics of making mom friends.
So if you are a soon-to-be mom or current mom in Italy, tune in to hear shared experiences of expat parenting in Italy. We’d also love you to weigh in on your experience.
Share with us on Instagram, or e-mail at evelyn@collineallemontagne.com
You can find Jasmine here: https://www.instagram.com/questadolcevita/ And Evelyn: www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
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This Episode of The Real Life in Italy was sponsored by Doctorsa.com A network of English speaking doctors in Italy, and Europe, available for in-person or video call appointments 24/7.Find out more: https://bit.ly/DoctorsaRealLife__
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday Jun 10, 2024

This week the Real Life in Italy explores the misconceptions and realities of Northern Italy vs Southern Italy. Your host, Evelyn is an american in Italy, located in Piedmont, Northern Italy, and this week I’m joined by Claire, a British expat living in Sicily. We each chose to share 5 stereotypes we hear about North Italy and South Italy, and share our own experiences with them.
Is it true Southern Italy has a lot of crime? Is it true that “everything works” in the North? Ehh, well time to listen and find out!
And of course, we share our daily life experiences as expats in Italy, and the unique charm that both regions of Italy offer. Join us as we explore what sets the North and South apart, debunking myths and revealing what life in these regions looks like.
You can find Claire here:
https://www.youtube.com/@MsBritaly
https://msbritaly.com
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If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday Jun 03, 2024

This week on The Real Life in Italy we are back again talking about freelancing in Italy, featuring a discussion with your host Evelyn, and Claudia. We’re sharing our journeys with the partita IVA in Italy, covering key topics like managing taxes, finding clients, and the choice between online platforms and traditional accounting. While our experiences may look different from yours, we hope we can provide other expats in Italy an overview of the challenges and opportunities faced by freelancers in Italy, including practical advice for navigating the Partita IVA, leveraging digital marketing skills, and making informed decisions to succeed in the freelance market.
This episode covers a more casual look at how the Partita IVA has touched our lives as foreigners in Italy, but if you’d like a little more technical idea of how it works, check out last weeks episode “ The Italian Partita IVA: What to know for being self-employed in Italy ”
The incredible online (and in English!) accounting software that Claudia mentions is here: https://www.xolo.io/it-en?ref=collinemontagne
And it looks like a lifesaver.
You can catch Claudia here:
https://www.ciaobellamedia.com
https://www.instagram.com/_ciaobellamedia/
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If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday May 27, 2024

Ready for another, more practical, episode of The Real Life in Italy? We’re talking about the Partita IVA, what it is, when you need it, and how it all works.
If you as a foreigner living in Italy, ever had hopes of opening a small business or going freelance in Italy, then you’ll need to get real familiar with this code. The Partita IVA is your tax code that lets you do business in Italy.
We’ll explore the different options of the partita IVA in Italy, what taxes in Italy look like with this code, and a few pros and cons.
Ultimately if you are an expat in Italy looking to open a Partita IVA, or understand it better, the best thing you can do it find a commercialista - an Italian accountant.
As promised in the episode, here’s a resource list for you.If you are looking for an online Italian accounting service in English: https://www.xolo.io/it-en?ref=collinemontagne
I’ll be back soon with a fellow freelancer in Italy to tell you more about what it’s like working and living in Italy as a freelancer. In the meantime, enjoy.
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday May 20, 2024

On this episode of The Real Life in Italy, we’re getting into a topic I think is so important to understand: The Mafia in Italy or rather, Italian Organized Crime.
This is a little 101 for you to understand how these organizations operate, where they operate, and who they are. Oh, and how that might effect life for us foreigners living in Italy. Spoiler: You’ll probably never even notice it, but it’s all around.
Expats in Italy seem to have so many misconceptions of the mafia in italy on two extremes: one, that it is dangerous and you should avoid certain areas of Italy at all costs, two that it doesn’t exist. Both are wrong to a certain degree, and that’s exactly what we’ll be covering in this episode.I'll share where you can find the Italian mafia operating well beyond Italy's borders, and give you a quick overview of the main organizations: Cosa Nostra, Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, and the Sacra Corona Unita.While we don't have to be scared while living in Italy, understanding how the mafia exists and operates can help us make better decisions as expats in Italy - and really as general people all over the world. 
Here are some great resources about the mafia in Italy if you would like to learn more:
Books- Midnight in Sicily-Peter Robb Gomorrah- Roberto Saviano The Day of the Owl- Leonardo Sciascia Global Mafia by Antonio Nicaso and Lee Lamothe Excellent Cadavers by Alexander Stille Mafia and Antimafia by Umberto Santino
Movies or Shows:
La Ribelle Siciliana Shooting the Mafia Robinò Excellent Cadavers 1992/1993 100 Passi
News Sites to stay up to date about the Mafia in Italy, and in the world:
The Guardian- covers news very well if you search through their site.
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If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday May 13, 2024

This episode of the Real Life in Italy is answering the question: who the hell were Garibaldi and Cavour anyway?
These names are everywhere we look in Italy. It’s because these two characters were key players in the Italian Unification - the Risorgimento. There’s a long, long history lesson behind that, but today, let’s take it easy and just get to know your new Italian (er or are they French?) friends: Giuseppe Garibaldi and Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour.
I’m joined by fellow American in Italy Verity Pryor-Harden, who just like you was curious about who these men were and what their deal was. Well I’m here to tell you.
Disclaimer, in case you had any doubt: I am far from a historian, I am not an expert. And I am WELL aware the stories of the Risorgimento, Garibaldi, and Cavour go far beyond this 101.
I’m just another expat in Italy, trying to understand Italian culture and history, and make sense of life in Italy.
Welcome to the Real Life in Italy.
00:00 Discovering Italy's Unification Heroes: Garibaldi and Cavour 02:56 Exploring the Risorgimento: Italy's Path to Unification 04:58 Garibaldi's Early Life 17:22 The Expedition of the Thousand: Sicily's Conquest 24:24 Garibaldi's March North: The Conquest of Naples 26:37 Garibaldi's Legacy and the Unification of Italy 27:52 The Rivalry Between Garibaldi and Cavour 31:17 Cavour's Diplomatic Mastery and Reforms 42:55 Cavour's Influence on Italian Wine Culture 46:24 Reflections on Italian Unification and Regional Identities
Want to nerd out some more about Italian Unification, History, and these guys?
Read These:
Pursuit of Italy
The Force of Destiny
Garibaldi Invention of a Hero
You can follow Verity’s adventures in Arezzzo here:
https://www.instagram.com/verityeph/
Learn more about Evelyn at
www.collineallemontagne.com
www.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:
www.buymeacoffee.com/colline

Monday May 06, 2024

This episode of The Real Life in Italy is all about one of our favorite topics: Coffee in Italy.
Living in Italy coffee probably shows up in your daily life - either you're like me and you're addicted, or it's not your thing but you find yourself trying to navigate the social aspect of it.
Together with our guest Catalin Varela, we’re exploring local coffee culture and what that means to us expats in Italy: how coffee is important to daily life, what our favorite Italian coffee is, and how to navigate the Italian bars as both a foreigner and female.
We’re calling bull on the no cappuccinos after 11 AM and the overpriced coffee of historic cafés. But also, yes we’re telling you how to find Iced Coffee in Italy.
Welcome to the Real Life in Italy.
00:52 Italian Coffee 101 01:55 Exploring Iced Coffee Options in Italy 03:02 The Art of Preparing Coffee in Italy
03:52 Coffee Conversations with Catalin 05:29 Coffee Habits and Socializing in Italy 28:51 Exploring Specialty Coffee and Ditta Artiginale 30:20 Navigating the Coffee Scene as an American in Italy 32:16 The Evolution of Coffee Shops and Their Global Uniformity 32:56 Addressing Sexism in Italian Bar Culture 36:48 The Quirks of Italian Coffee Bars and Payment Customs
38:24 Debating the Quality of Italian Coffee
50:23 Navigating Coffee Culture in Italy: Tips for Newcomers
That pod about Instagrammable Cafés can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/30bpnLx0GKz7ovW8UjtZgA?si=af6d92fa543744a0
Gambero Rosso’s report on coffee in Italy can be read here:
https://www.gamberorosso.it/notizie/caffe-bar-inchiesta/
 
You can find Catalin at:
https://www.instagram.com/celiacinitaly/
 
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
 Thanks for listening to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at www.collineallemontagne.comwww.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:www.buymeacoffee.com/colline 
 

Thursday May 02, 2024

A bonus bureaucratic episode for you this week. We’re talking all about the Permesso di Soggiorno - the Italian Residence Permit. An essential part of life in Italy as a foreigner, but also our worst nightmare as expats in Italy, and while I admit it can be a boring topic, you need to know about it, and some of the tips shared might just make your next appointment much easier.
I’m covering: what the permesso di soggiorno is, how to apply, and most importantly how to survive your time at the Questura (that’s the immigration office). For those of you who are newly living in Italy, this will help you navigate your first application and your renewals.
Seasoned expats in Italy, I hope you’ll listen as well, and share your Permesso di Soggiorno horror stories for an upcoming listener episode. Share your story here: https://www.speakpipe.com/TheRealLifeinItaly
Citizens, well well well, aren’t you special? I hope you listen in to understand the struggle the rest of us have to face living in Italy. 
If you are more of a visual person, watch me walk through a permesso application here:https://youtu.be/2QcsJJ0YwOk
If you are interested in getting in touch for a consultation, find out more here: https://collineallemontagne.com/move-to-italy-expat-guide/
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
 Welcome to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at www.collineallemontagne.comwww.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:www.buymeacoffee.com/colline 
 

Monday Apr 29, 2024

On this episode of The Real Life in Italy we’re finally answering What IS the difference between the Carabinieri and Polizia?
A question I know many expats in Italy have probably asked themselves every once a awhile. Probably the more important question we've asked living in Italy is: no seriously, WHO DO I CALL?
Turns out it’s more complicated than a jurisdiction thing, but we’ll at least take a glance.
I know why you are really here though, you want to know: Team Carabinieri or Team Polizia (sure there’s team ACAB out there but if you HAD to pick?) Well listen in for my thoughts and be sure to share yours with me.
We’ll also be covering who you should call for emergencies in Italy, what all these other police are (Guardia di Finanza what?), and uhm, can someone tell me what’s with the guns?
Tune in to learn more about police in Italy, and a few things that might just make living in Italy as a foreigner a bit easier.
If you'd like to learn more about the technicalities of these police forces, you can read this blog: https://collineallemontagne.com/difference-between-carabinieri-and-polizia/
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
 Welcome to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at www.collineallemontagne.comwww.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:www.buymeacoffee.com/colline 

Monday Apr 22, 2024

In this kick-off episode of The Real Life in Italy, I'll share my story of how I moved to Italy, and what it's been like since then.Even after 12 years of living in Italy, I don't feel any closer to being Italian, and I feel even further from being American. As expats in Italy, I think we all feel this way at some point, but it's nice to know we aren't alone.
In this episode, beyond my story I'll share my thoughts about how to make life in Italy work for you, what I think about if it gets easier, and my advice for facing the challenges of being an expat in Italy.
If you enjoyed the episode, and show, please leave us a 5 ⭐️ rating, it means a lot!
 Welcome to the Real Life in Italy.
This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.
Listen in to learn all about a side of living in Italy everyone else forgot to tell you about. But don’t expect us all to be better, I promise. Expect some good laughs, helpful tips and cultural explanations, and expat stories to remind you that you aren’t alone, and it’ll all work out.
Learn more about Evelyn at www.collineallemontagne.comwww.instagram.com/collinemontagne
You can show your support by buying me a glass of wine, I always appreciate it:www.buymeacoffee.com/colline 

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