Author: Rachel

How to Shop at the Panetteria

How to Shop at the Panetteria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Buying bread in Italy always feels like one of those glorious quintessential Italian moments from a movie or book. Sometimes I even buy a big loaf wrapped in brown paper, put it in my bicycle basket […]

Getting Your Hair Cut in Italy

Getting Your Hair Cut in Italy

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  When I first moved to Italy, I was 19 and fearless. One of the things I did during my six months in Italy that had the other girls in my program shaking in their new leather boots , […]

8 Swear Words to Add Sass to Your Vocabulary

8 Swear Words to Add Sass to Your Vocabulary

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Cursing in Italian can add an entirely different flavor to your Italian studies. Plus, not all Italian swear words are like ours in English because they have many mild words and expressions that are used frequently, in […]

10 Behaviors You Want to Avoid as a Tourist

10 Behaviors You Want to Avoid as a Tourist

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Coming to Italy and want to know how not to stand out among the Italians? Read on below. 1.) Harming others with your selfie sticks Imagine you’re walking down the street. You’ve got heavy groceries in […]

Catching a Cold: Italian Style

Catching a Cold: Italian Style

It’s that time of year again. No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am talking about cold and flu season. The time of year my germaphobe self particularly loathes. If you thought being a germaphobe was a hard knock lifestyle in America, it’s a downright torturous in Italy. You […]

What It’s Like to Have Family in Italy

What It’s Like to Have Family in Italy

Being an Italian-American living in Italy, I often encounter questions on Italian culturalisms. Sometimes I know the answer and sometimes I don’t. But, I am always eager to share when people ask me what it is like having family here in Italy. I like this question because it is one […]

Parole Pericolose – Dangerous Words

Parole Pericolose – Dangerous Words

Pronouncing and using words correctly in Italian is a challenging but necessary skill to acquire when learning the language. A misplaced or a mispronounced letter can entirely change the meaning and botch what you’re trying to say. I saw this first hand when one night at aperitivo. My ragazzo americano wanted […]