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How to Move to Italy

Want to move to Italy? Don’t have EU citizenship or Italian relatives? I know, neither do I, but finally I managed, and you can too! Need advice, info and encouragement? Let’s get you started on achieving your dream!

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Canterbury to Rome

The Via Francigena

The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrimage route that begins in Canterbury England, and goes to Rome. Learn more about taking a short walk or a long trek on this route.

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Pilgrimage in Italy

Publications

News: My travel memoir has now been published! Find it on this link as well as a sampling of my published travel articles, and my award winning poetry.

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About Chandi

Writer, Italy Expert, Foodie, and Florentine Renaissance Historian

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Welcome!

Thou paradise of exiles, Italy!  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ciao Italy lovers!

After 30 years of being in love with Italy, in the spring of 2017, I made what I hope is a final move to the land that the poet Shelley called a paradise of exiles.

I fell in love with Italy in the 80s, on my first day there when I was a wide-eyed 19-year-old with a backpack and a budget of $10 a day. I followed my heart and lived in Florence the next year, for 6 months, and learned the language.

However, I spent a lot of my 20s and 30s following my head instead of my heart. (How I overcame that is described in my recently published memoir Return to Glow, A Pilgrimage of Transformation in Italy.)

Now that I’m finally living in Italy for good, with less than half my life-span left, I have to admit, I feel slightly panicked that it’s not enough time in Italy.

What will you find on my site?

  • Assistance, commiseration, encouragement, and nitty gritty info, for anyone who is not EU and doesn’t have Italian relatives but wants to move to Italy.
  • Articles on food, wine, history, and art, particularly in Tuscany. (I’m a Florentine Renaissance historian and passionate foodie)
  • News about the Via Francigena (Italy’s pilgrimage route) and tips for undertaking a pilgrimage on it.
  • Trip planning services: I have created over a hundred trips in Italy for happy clients. You can get a taste of my services for free simply by requesting my 40 minute free consult.