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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  • Solo Travel in Italy 1 week ago Ciao a tutti! Today I’m pleased to bring back my friend Victoria De Maio for a second guest post. We’ve been friends online for a while, but back in May of last year we got to hang out in Rome for a couple days as guests of the Baglioni Hotel for their Grande Bellezza Tour. […] The post Solo...
  • The Definitive Guide for the Permesso di Soggiorno 1 week ago There is so much to love about living in Italy: the food, the art, the history, the weather, the scenery. “The bureaucracy,” however, is conspicuously absent from this list. As any expat can tell you, it’s the one thing that can be a real buzz-kill. The undisputed King of all bureaucratic...
  • New Year in Italy 4 weeks ago A New Year in Italy. It’s that season again when we all reflect on the year that has been, and look forward to the one ahead. We make resolutions and then promptly break them before January is even finished. Like going on a diet, for example. Yes, I need to lose a few pounds, but kicking...
  • A Family Christmas in Rome 2 months ago Ah, a family Christmas in Rome, what could be more enchanting? The market in Piazza Navona, the lights running down Via del Corso, the presepi in every church. Bello! Sure, “bello,” but the kids get bored easily, so what do you do for the other 29 days or so during the holiday season?...
  • Traveling to Italy in Books 2 months ago It’s been a while (two years, actually) since I’ve offered a little roundup of books about Italy that I recommend. Not long ago I reviewed “My Two Italies,” by Joseph Luzzi, and I received lots of great feedback from other readers who had enjoyed the book, too. That got me to thinking that...

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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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