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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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  • Happy Hour in Rome 4 days ago In the United States, we do not discriminate when it comes to enjoying our favorite alcoholic beverages. We consume Russian vodka, Mexican tequila, Scotch whiskey, and Jamaican rum without prejudice. During Happy Hour in Rome, however, one spirit stands alone: that violently-red, bitter elixir that...
  • How a family of five spent 40 days in Italy on a budget 3 months ago One of the themes that I return to often on my blog concerns the connection between Italian-Americans and the culture of the “Old Country.” I like to explore the parallels as well as the points of departure, and reconcile the misconceptions held by many of us second and third generation...
  • Americans Living in Italy 4 months ago I came across a discussion a couple weeks ago in a Facebook Group called Americans Living in Italy. There was nothing terribly remarkable about this particular thread—its themes were common in this debate: the frustrating challenges of American expats dealing with life in Italy. I guess if...
  • What to Drink in Italy Beyond the Wines 4 months ago Everybody knows that Italians drink more wine per capita than any other population in the world. While this is true, there are also a variety of interesting Italian potables to be discovered beyond the exalted vini that remain relatively unknown outside of Italy. However, for the uninitiated...
  • The Slow Pace of Selinunte, Sicily 5 months ago Some places feed our wanderlust more than they satisfy it. We recognize this on our first day in a location—in the back of our mind, we are already planning to return, to savor more, and to uncover whatever hidden corner we might have missed our first time around. Case in point: Selinunte,...

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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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