Rick's Rome

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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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  • Celebrating Columbus Day in Genova 1 day ago I recently passed through Genova, the hometown of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately, I only saw the train station, disappointed that I didn’t have an opportunity to explore this important port town in Northwest Italy. Historically, Genova (Genoa in English) was one of the four major Maritime...
  • FCI 021 - Visiting Levanto with Silvia Moggia 1 week ago Every year I like to visit at least one area of Italy that I’ve never seen before. Last year it was Verona/Lake Garda, and this year it is Liguria. Actually, I should make a disclaimer. I’ve been to Liguria once before: but it was nine years ago and it was only for a day trip. […] The post...
  • The Daily Scavenger Hunt that is Life in Rome 1 week ago Il Dolce Far Niente! A favorite slogan of dreamy-eyed foreigners as they contemplate a long, slow vacation—or an expat experience—in that mythical land known as Italia. Yes, for those of us coming from the rat race of the U.S., the frozen tundra of Canada, or the proper stodginess of the U.K.,...
  • Rick's Italy Blog Tour 2015 2 weeks ago Once upon a time, just traveling cross-country was a labor-intensive task and a logistical challenge, to say the least. It required months of planning, tons of equipment, and several strong horses, mules, oxen, or camels. The traveler him/herself needed to be in excellent physical condition, and...
  • FCI 020 - Funny Things about Living in Italy with Marsha De Salvatore 3 weeks ago What are the essential tools for surviving the expat experience in Italy? Well, learning to speak Italian is a good place to start. Some defensive driving skills wouldn’t hurt either. How about a lesson in everyday fashion? All great ideas, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a...

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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

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!

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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