Sunday, 2 December 2018

Living in Italy

We divide our time, life and work between our homes in Morocco, Sweden and Italy. In previous blog post we discussed what it is like living in Morocco (HERE!) and now it’s time to give same reflections about Italy.

Italian lifestyle

Two years ago we moved into Casa Colle, our 18th century townhouse in the medieval hilltop town Arpino, south of Rome. We had bought this charming house with stunning views some 6 months earlier and spent half a year renovating it with our very skilled builder Claudio and his team bringing this stone house back to it’s former glory.

Beautiful Arpino

We soon realized how much we loved our charming new home town Arpino and quickly made many new friends in this thriving Italian little town where there always is something going on: food festivals, wine festivals, harvest festivals, concerts, DJ:s, dancing, competitions, fireworks, literature and film events - you name it!

Our townhouse Casa Colle

Our home in Italy was really just meant to be a weekend home with easy access from both Morocco and Sweden but we found ourselves spending as much time as we could in Arpino since it’s both so charming and a great place for us to work undisturbed. Arpino is also the perfect location to explore Italy with an amazing coast line including Amalfi and Capri as well the stunning Abruzzo national park just around the corner. A one and a half hour drive takes you to either Rome or Naples. We kept returning and allocating more time to Italy than originally planned.

The spectacular sunset views from our terrace

Now after having a house in Arpino for two years we can really say that Italy and the Italian lifestyle are a big and natural part of our lives. So, what is like to live (partly) in Italy and why should you settle down here?

Amazing weather, enjoying sunny lunches outside in December

Why Italy?
Honestly, what’s not to love about Italy? Italy has it all! Here you find amazing food and wine, lots of culture, history and art, cool fashion, fast sports car, great Mediterranean weather, beautiful men and women who love to flirt and a relaxed lifestyle. La Dolce Vita is easy here. For us the main reason, apart from a very long and passionate love affair with Italy and everything Italian, was the location. Italy, and especially Rome, is perfectly situated between our homes in Morocco and Sweden with daily direct flights that only take 3 hours. We can actually have breakfast in Italy, fly back to Marrakech for business meetings and be back in Rome in time for apĂ©ritivo in the evening. Italy is also the perfect middle way in terms of culture and lifestyle between the strict and minimalistic Sweden and the hedonistic, colorful and sometimes crazy Morocco. So we decided to get a house in Italy, draw a one hour circle around Rome airport and that’s how we found Arpino, our Italian base.

The Italian food!

The Italian wines!

The best with living in Italy

  • The food! From fine dining to street food pizza, all you put in your mouth is divine!
  • The wine! There really aren’t any bad wines in Italy.
  • Almost all you eat and drink is organically and locally produced and of the highest possible quality.
  • The weather! Sunny and warm summers followed by sunny and mild winters.
  • Culture and history is present wherever you go and wherever you look.
  • The lifestyle! Italians have a very positive attitude to life and are always ready to enjoy a good time.
  • The local community, friendly people and a sense of belonging. Taking our evening walks we are almost always invited to spontanous dinners, drinks or parties going on in our neighborhood.
  • High quality in all aspects of life.
  • Very pet friendly country. Italians love dogs and dogs are welcome everywhere including the supermarket.

Cicero is always welcome to join us to restaurants, hotels or the supermarket

The challenges of living in Italy:

  • The bureaucracy (it took us 2 years to buy a small plot of land used by no one in front of our house).
  • The old school utilities (you need both gas, electricity and water tanks to get your house operational and it takes time to get it all installed).
  • Lack of digital progress (this is a very low tech country where you may buy stuff online but it would in the end have been quicker to get it at the store and wifi is not always a certainty).
  • The crazy political climate (Italians seem to care more about who is major in their own town than who runs the country and this sure is a mess).
  • Traffic can be crazy and (correct) road signs is unheard of.
  • Earthquakes are a big problem in many parts of Italy.
Overall Italy has been a 100% positive experience and Italy keeps getting better and better the more time we spend here.

Ciao and arrivederci!

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