Some of My Favorite Blogs in Italy

by Tina Ferrari

I’m fortunate that I live in the era of blogging.  When I first decided I wanted to live in Italy years ago, I joined Expats in Italy and subscribed to every blog I could find written by Italian expats.  I was thirsty to learn as much as I could about Italy from a resident’s perspective.  Blogs are a great source of information for wannabe expats. They provide anecdotes about daily living, advice on things to do in your city of choice, and information on how to avoid a cultural faux pas.  I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite Italy expat blogs, and I hope they can help you as you plan your next adventure.

Bleeding Espresso. Michelle lives in Calabria, where she is a writer and the mom of two dogs and three kids (baby goats).  I’ve been following her blog for as long as I can remember.  She offers recipes, great stories about life in her beautiful southern-Italian town, and the most adorable dog and goat pictures you could find.  An inspiring, positive presence on the internet, much like my fellow ACC blogger, Cherrye, who also writes from Calabria!

Calabrisella Mia. Staying with a Calabria theme, Lulu’s blog is a delicious archive of all things Calabrese. It’s so rich and descriptive I keep thinking she is in Italy and not Canada! I’m looking forward to what she has to write when she finally moves to the bel paese. She recently got her Italian citizenship, like me. Would you hurry up and get here, Lulu?

Art and Barb Live in Italy. Art and Barb are a wonderful couple living in Umbria, the region where I live.  I’ve also been following them since my expat wannabe days.  When I left Umbria for a while (a few years) so I could have my Buenos Aires adventures, I checked back to their blog frequently for memories of spicy olive oil and sagre in the green heart of Italy.

Living in Florence, by Melinda Gallo. Melinda is my Italy expat idol.  She lives in my favorite city, and she lives a beautiful life that she created for herself.  She has always been one of my favorite writers on the internet, with wonderfully written pieces on various aspects of her daily life, from bureaucratic adventures to walks around her beloved city.  Her photographs are inspiring and her blog’s design is easy on the eye.  Her blog is a wonderful reference for both armchair travelers and those who are planning a move to Italy.

Figs and Lemons. If you think life in Italy is all roses and lollipops, think again: it’s actually figs and lemons.  Charlie lives in a quaint seaside town that shall remain unnamed, and I have been following her for ages as well.  Her blog is beautiful and entertaining, providing you with delicious photographs that your eyes want to eat up, and a realistic view on life in a small coastal town.

What expat blogs do you like to read?

Tina Ferrari is a translator, writer and tango dancer based in Perugia, Italy. She writes at as well as on her own blog, Tina Tangos. Comments are always welcome!

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  1. Thanks for the love! :) I’m trying to get to Italy as fast as I possibly can!! haha I’ll see you there soon!!

  2. Nice list, thanks for all of the Calabria shout outs! :-)

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