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Need Suggestions for Southern Italy

We have heard from our lawyer that we have a good chance to obtain our Italian passports in June. Once we go to California and acquire them, we ready to give our 2-weeks’ notice to both our employers and… we are off!  Off to live in Italy for one year. Remember these words? Ya, it is now May 2018 and we are still in Arizona and waiting for the Consulate to approve our final documents to provide our passports. I know we have said these words before, but we are sure we are at the end of this journey in obtaining citizenship.

Italy has 730 days to technically approve an application for citizenship. We are well beyond that number and into the 800 days+. There is a demand letter of sorts that we could send to the consulate and to Rome but it is an ultimatum letter. It is called a “Diffida” and one that we probably will not use as we’re not sure we want to jeopardize all our efforts calling their bluff.


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Our dilemma, which we would like your input, is which southern town to choose? We have already experienced Parma when we lived there for our first 90-day journey. Our second 90-day journey was our Florence adventure. But we have not yet experienced living in southern Italy.




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There are several regions we have on our list to visit – but live?  Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and, Campania are the regions we plan to visit and, each has charming towns but our main criteria: decent transportation to venture out and explore from our home base. We know train travel would only be accessible along each coastline; so we are going to heavily rely on buses. Transportation will be a challenge in the southern part of Italy but we still want to explore the different regions while only renting in one place.


Do you have any suggestions for southern Italian living location?

If so, can you give a bit of detail? We would love to hear your ideas/suggestions!!





Editors Note:  This post was originally published on April 19, 2016. We are reposting as we have updated the information and closer to actually moving to Italy (who knew it would take this long?) and would still appreciate any suggestions.

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  • Reply
    May 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I suggest you contact Elizabeth Minchilli, who lives in Rome, has a country place in Umbria, and is an award-winning food writer. She is an American married to an Italian for 20+ years. She’s a lovely person who literally saved my Italian vacation last year by contacting her wide range of contacts to locate a room for me at the last minute. Elizabeth could be a wonderful resource for you and interesting friend. She has a food app called Eat Italy ( iTunes) and a blog, newsletter, etc.

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      May 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Linda, thank you for your suggestion. I follow Elizabeth and I never even thought of that! I will indeed contact her for her thoughts. Thank you so much for commenting! I love her blog!!

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    June 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    My wife and I obtained our citizenship and passports last year thru the San Francisco consulate. Have been to the “boot” twice since then going again this fall. We have fallen in love with Reggio Calabria and surrounding area. So non-tourist, easy access to Sicily, wonderful people. Only downside was that very few English speakers, but I was able to get along with the small amount of Italian I know. People even understood me (for the most part)! The sea is beautiful, and with the train, bus and ferry we did very well without a car. Also, we found prices to be very reasonable this far south.

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      May 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Frank for your suggestion. Calabria is my first choice especially if we go the first part of the summer. That is where I would like to start our adventure. It’s amazing that even though you don’t speak fluent Italian and visa versa – you can still have a conversation!! Thank you again and stay tuned. We’ll be posting our decisions and itinerary.

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    Christina Yocca
    May 12, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I just spent 3 months in Pineto on the Adriatic to test out winter. It was a great experience. I lived 2 blocks from the beach and 5 from the train station. I thought I would travel more, but got into a routine and tried to meet locals and improve my Italian. There were enough English speaking expats that I was not lonely and I slowly found activities to join to get to know Italian natives who did not speak English. There are buses to Rome and Fiumicino. The train goes up and down the coast and to inland spots. The central location is convenient, but still far from the tourist traps. It was beautiful and I miss it. I am waiting to receive my email to confirm my dual citizenship. So after 3 months in, I am now out for awhile.

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      May 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Christina! It is so hard to leave after 90-days, isn’t it? We are checking out your suggestion as we tried the Adriatic side briefly in our 24-hour stay in Bari that was a disaster and hence, then going for 90-days to Florence. Would you happen to know if there is a language school close? We both want to do that to improve our Italian. We can check on that too. We will be posting our decision(s) on towns.

      May I ask where you are located as to which Consulate you have gone through? How long have you been waiting? It’s been over 2.5 years for us and thank goodness we are at the end. Not sure how much more my patience could hold out. Thank you for commenting on our post!

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    May 14, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Shame I don’t know South of Italy very well (I am planning my first trip to Sicily for this summer). I would probably choose Puglia, for its natural beauties, especially around the areas of Gargano and Salento. I heard many people having troubles in Bari but a friend of mine went to Lecce and loved it!

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      May 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Milena, thank you for your comment. We loved Sicily and that is where we are getting our dual citizenship from – Licodia Eubea, Sicily. We will check into your suggestions in Puglia. I truly think we are going to break up the year in at least two places; possibly more. Thank you for taking the time to give us some ideas. Truly appreciate it.

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