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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  • Traveling along the Via Francigena 1 week ago While attempting to take notes in a bouncing van just outside of Florence, I listened to my guide Anna describe our first stop on our tour of Chianti.  “We will be traveling along the Via Francigena, stopping at San Donato where you will see a typical Tuscan hilltown which sits along this very...
  • Buonvivere: Good Living in Romagna 1 week ago OK, here we are with part three of my series on starting a travel blog.  This time we will be talking about promoting your site.  If you haven’t read part one or part two yet, you might want to catch up first. Before we move on to today’s topic, I’d like to make the second […] The post...
  • Meeting Other Travel Bloggers in Rimini 2 weeks ago Welcome back for part two of my series on travel blogging basics. (And when I say basics, I mean for absolute beginners.)  If you haven’t read part one yet, you can read it here. But before we get into that topic, I want to make my first big announcement concerning my own blog.  I have...
  • So you want to be a travel blogger? 2 weeks ago Strangely enough, I get a fair number of emails asking me “How can I be a travel blogger, too?”  Or more commonly, “I’ve already started a blog.  But how do make it NOT suck?”  Why someone would approach ME with these questions is a mystery, but they do, so let’s see if I can offer...
  • Bathrooms in Italy: What to know before you "go" 3 weeks ago I guess our group of irreverent expats has collectively decided that our recent posts have been a bit too high-brow for our audience.  Hence, this week we’re discussing the important topic of lavatory protocols in Italy.  Yes, when living or travelling abroad, there’s nothing quite so...

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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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