From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy

Gina Mazza currently lives in Florence with her beautiful 7 month old daughter and her husband Alessio. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Gina wanted to share with us the story of her coming here and how she overcame some of the cultural differences she encountered when settling in. Read more her story......From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy By Ela Vasilescu – Writer/Journalist

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood

Announcing Special Event:  November 4, 8:00 p.m. - Candlelight Procession Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood!  This historic candlelight procession on Friday, November 4 will commemorate the Mud Angels - the young volunteers, many of whom were Americans - who flocked to Florence to help save the city's precious artworks in the wake … Continue reading Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood

Portale Giovani Firenze

I wanted to remind everyone about this site. It is a Firenze Comune portal site for teens and college students 15 and up.  They have topics of interest, events, and so much more.  Check it out. http://portalegiovani.comune.fi.it/  (site is in Italian, but a great way to get your teen to interact in the community)

A Group of House Plants Hard at Work

Houseplants can clean your air, eliminating chemicals, mould and bacteria; they produce oxygen and moisture. One example is succulent houseplants. Those types are great at providing oxygen at night so are good for bedrooms.

Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

Free Violin lessons for kids (elementary school age) at the Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno (via d'Ardiglione 30) will be starting this Thursday at 6 p.m. The teacher is Mariana Pinto, whose extensive curriculum you can read here (in Italian) http://www.nidiaci.com/2016/04/03/mariana-rodrigues-pinto-la-nostra-maestra-di-violino/ The course is entirely free of charge, but for insurance purposes, an accompanying adult must … Continue reading Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

What’s in a Name

Well everything! Especially if you are planning to get married and move to Italy.  Even more so, if you want to take your husband's name and then get Italian Citizenship.  In Italy, it is the legal practice to keep your maiden name when you get married. You will have the hardest of times if you … Continue reading What’s in a Name

We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

To the many Expat Moms that follow our Website/blog; As some of you may know in the past, we have interviewed many moms about their experience as expats. Together with journalist Ela Vasilescu we would like to continue this project. Living an expat life, being pregnant and giving birth are unique experiences we could all … Continue reading We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story