Candida Martinelli's Italophile Site

Main Page This family-friendly site celebrates Italian culture for the enjoyment of children and adults. Site-Overview




Visiting, Living, Working in Italy



Dating/ Mating

Virtual Tours




My First Visits to Italy

Before You Move There

Italians are Europeans

Owning Property in Italy

Health Care in Italy and Life and Work Info

When I Returned,  I Stayed Four Years

Other People's Experiences



Now there's a story, Toto!

Click here or on the image above to go to a list of 518 anecdotes about Italy and things Italian.









Living in Italy today as compared to Roman times?  Click here or on the image above to visit my page on this, I hope, interesting topic.







Coffee begins the Italian work day and accompanies it regularly at mid-morning, and mid-afternoon, when many still leave their offices for the nearest coffee bar.  Click on the image to go to my Coffee page.









 "Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy."  Fanny Burney




Map of Italy and her immediate neighbors (hmmm, or it used to be, I'll fix that soon).  Click on the image to go to 'The Economist's' Italy Profile page.




Venetians crossing the canal to go to work in the morning




The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, a major shopping area




Piazza del Comune, the main square of Assisi, in Umbria




Strada Maggiore, main street of Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna




Piazza del Unita' and the Town Hall in Triest 




Piazza Grande, the main square in Arezzo, in Tuscany





Visit my Italians as Europeans page

Visit my Italian Humor page

Visit my Italian Wallpaper Murals page


My First Visits to Italy

"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority."  So said the famous Dr. Johnson. Whether I was conscious of an inferiority or not, after visiting Italy for one week, I realized I had been missing out on something wonderful!

The second visit lasted nearly a year, during which time I studied the language, worked, made friends and promised myself once again to return.  But that took some time.


Before You Move There

When you decide to move to a new country, it is best to try to learn as much as possible about the history and current events, before going there.  You may even change your mind!  

The Economist newspaper offers a good introduction to Italian society with a country profile and some recent articles on topics of current interest in the country.  Click here to visit their Italy page.

And Wikipedia's Italy page is great, with links to cities, culture, all kinds of things, if a bit dry in presentation.

It's a good idea to read the daily news for a time before going there.  This gives you an idea of what is happening in that country and how things work, or don't work.  It also helps you discern that most difficult of things to understand about a country:  the value system of the people who live there.  The Italia Mia Italian media review is a good place to do that.  Click here to go there. 


Italians are Europeans

Italy is a part of Europe, and Italians are Europeans.  For some, including some Italians, this may be hard to believe.

I've dedicated a page to the differences between Italians and other Europeans.  To better understand this relationship, you can read it by clicking here.


Owning Property in Italy

Italy is a popular place for vacation homes and retirement property for people from colder locations, both meteorologically and culturally speaking.  However, purchasing property in Italy can be confusing for an outsider.  These sites might help...

Homes and Villas Abroad, an Italian real estate company based in London advertises nearly 5,000 homes for sale throughout Italy and have a multilingual team covering 7 languages.

They offer foreign clients start-to-finish assistance with property buying in Italy.  Their site also contains a handy guide to the Italian purchasing process as well as tips on up-and-coming property hotspots.  Find them at Pinterest and Twitter.

One of the best sites I've seen for information about buying property in Italy is Travel Writer Fleur Kinson's site, Where To Buy In Italy.

The site provides information on all of Italy's regions and major cities, as well as information on how to purchase properties for principle home, second home, or investment property.  You'll find a wealth of information, and someone who can answer your questions.

Italy Magazine offers some property listings (click here to go directly to that page on their site).  Click here or on the logo below to go to their main page.

But it is best to get expert advice from an accountant in Italy before purchasing property.

Italian Real Estate Assist is run by site-visitors, an American couple who've purchased property in Italy.  They've partnered with some Italian real estate agencies in The Marche, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy.  These regions are lovely and better--a fraction of the cost of purchasing property in Tuscany!


Health Care in Italy, and Life and Work Info

When I lived in Italy, everyone told me that when the rich Italians get ill, they go to hospitals in Switzerland.  There are private hospitals in Italy, too, but for a hefty price.

Italian hospitals and the national health insurance are quirky to say the least.  

  • Multi-bed wards are the norm, 

  • You're often supposed to provide your own sheets.

  • Many people have relatives provide their food.  

  • The majority of nurses are men.  

But I must say I was impressed with the Italian doctors I dealt with in Italy.  They had the compassion that I've found so often missing from doctors I've encountered elsewhere.  I'm convinced it is beaten out of most non-Italian doctors in medical school, or they are told it is unprofessional.

Health coverage is important wherever you live.  As is disability insurance and travel insurance.  Click here for a site rich with information for those considering living and working in Italy, including residency and work permits, health and disability insurance, and even some cultural details.  

Communicaid is a well-respected training company that can help professionals who transfer to Italy for work, or who work with Italians.  They call themselves a Culture and Communication Skills Company.  They have Italian Language programs and a Doing Business in Italy program.  If you are planning on doing business in Italy, some preparation is a very good idea to help you deal with the unique Italian business culture.

Transitions Abroad is a site that specializes in helping people prepare for study/work trips abroad.

Another site that can be a big help is the Informer Magazine.  It has been addressing issues ex-patriots face in Italy for 16 years.  Their Survival Guide accessible from their main page, is especially useful covering schools, property, taxes, health, banking, and red tape.  

The Recruit Italy site has sections with information for those wishing to study, live, work in Italy.  They also accept CVs from potential applicants for jobs in Italy.  Click here  to the right, to go to .


Un motore di ricerca di offerte di lavoro per l'Italia e l'estero, che permette di accedere a migliaia di offerte di lavoro provenienti da siti di aziende, siti di annunci e agenzie di recruiting, in una sola ricerca.

CareerJet offers a one-stop jobs on-line search engine for Italy, and abroad, that includes thousands of job offers from company job listings, jobs listing sites, and from headhunting sites and recruitment agencies.


This useful site provides a listing for teaching jobs in Italy.  They can send you an email as soon as new teaching jobs are posted in the country of your choosing.


When I Returned to Italy, I Stayed Four Years

When I eventually returned to Italy, I stayed several years.  I worked, made friends, dated, struggled with the red-tape and health care system, and gave up on ever understanding Italian politics.  

If you are braver than I, you can try the Italian Embassy in London's site that offers information from the general to the specific on topics such as the constitution, politics, the president.  But keep in mind that these things keep changeing, as they keep modifying them in the hopes of improving stability and accountability.  Select the subject from the menu at the top left of the Embassy page.

Several things caused me to eventually leave Italy:  

  • a less than robust economy, 

  • a lack of familial ties in a society not based on trust, 

  • a position in society for women lower than what I was used to, 

  • a non-immigrant society that is too often hostile to the newcomer, 

  • poor quality health care, 

  • and severe urban air pollution that caused my throat serious harm.  

Despite these things, I'm still an Italophile.  I still love Italy's culture, history, weather, and travel industry, and the very humane and human Italian character.


Other People's Experiences

There are some accounts on the web from others who have lived in Italy for some time.  Here are a few if you're interested.

Lost on a Trolley in Milan

The Night I Lost my Panties at the Vatican

U.S. Air Force Personnel in Northern Italy


And Alex Roe lives in Milan with his wife and children and writes a blog for all of you who wish to live there virtually, or to prepare yourselves for living there.


If you do go to stay in Italy for any length of time, think of me and all the other poor souls who are not there with you, and please drink a toast to us, and to your good fortune.