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Rick's Rome
Help and Advice for Expats in Rome, with an added focus on Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Italians.
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  • Italian Literature and Discovering Gold in Florence 1 week ago In the spring of 1348, ten young Florentines gathered in the Piazza of Santa Maria Novella to plan their escape from the city.  Florence was caught in the grip of The Black Death, and so they thought ten days spent in the verdant hills outside of town would be a good way to pass the time...
  • Freakonomics Italian Style 1 week ago The topic selected by our group of bloggers this week was: “Weird questions sent to you by bat-shit crazy readers.”  Potentially good stuff, but I must say, at first I wasn’t totally thrilled by the choice. Why?  To remind everyone, until recently, I was the only male in the bunch, and the...
  • The Most Infamous Day in the History of Messina 2 weeks ago This is a guest post by my wife, Jessica Burgio, who writes about her Island of Sicily, and her hometown of Messina.  After reading it, you’ll understand where much of the inspiration for my blog comes from.   Not only does she have acute insights, but it’s hard to believe that her English is...
  • Introduction to Messina 2 weeks ago An Englishman arrives on the shores of The Continent—presumably somewhere in Northwestern France—eager to fight in The Crusades.  He asks a fellow soldier at the basecamp, “How do I get to The Holy Land from here?” The reply is at once vague and yet very accurate.  “Go east until you...
  • Italian Pop Music 3 weeks ago Italians do many things very well.  The perfectly tailored suit, the high-performance automobile, and undoubtedly the best food in the world.  And there was a time when we could add music to that list.  Opera Lirica is known world-wide as the benchmark for vocal achievement, and the stars of...

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  • Five Italian Food Rules that Foreigners Need to Know Writing Contest March 2013 There is a saying among Italians that goes, “Italy is a country with a million laws, but no rules.” Like most clichés, it survives because there’s some degree of truth to it. But—like most clichés—it’s also an oversimplification....
  • Adjusting to Italian Business Practices Working Abroad For an American in Italy, adjusting to the norms of Italian business and commerce can be somewhat of a challenge. You really need to downshift by a couple of gears and stop trying to impose your former work ethic on your current job situation. Not...

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Website Reviews » There are 4 reviews on Rick's Rome

Riccardo Primo
18:00 PM October 27, 2012

Great blog Rick! After reading your posts, I wanted to quit my day job, pack my bags, and leave for Rome!! In my mind, I'm already there!!! Well written!

Jim Zullo
22:47 PM October 28, 2012

Nice going, Rick. your entries are really inspiring--one wants to get to Rome as soon as possible. Love the way you compare American and Italian culture. Lots to learn from each each other. A presto

Jason
14:10 PM January 21, 2013

I've been following this blog since the beginning, and it never fails to amuse, entertain and at the same time, give me plenty of useful insights. I'm saving money to go to Italy and try to live there for a while. Before "meeting" Rick, I had no clue about how and if I could actually make this dream come true. I've downloaded his book too, and I enjoyed it just as much. Recommended!

Giusy
22:37 PM January 28, 2013

I'm Italian (100%, born, raised, always been, etc.) and what I really appreciated about Rick's blog, beside the subtle humor, is that all facts are presented with very good taste and in full respect of different culture. In my job I often meet foreigns and expatriates, and at times it's hard to bite my tongue when I have to hear their complaints about how they think things should be. Hey, I've been abroad too, I'd have my share of complaints... Rick has it figured: he seems to enjoy differences instead of criticizing. Bravo!

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