Week 61


ME sep2011 Ingrid Sperow is the Founder and Creative Director of Comunità Italiana USA. She established a community and a place outside of her immediate home as a place to discover the joy of Italian culture in the USA. Scoprite la gioia della cultura italiana . A place of Italian words, community, and all things & events Italian. Having lived in Rome, and having traveled far and wide throughout Italy and Europe, Ingrid fine tuned her tastes to all things and people Italian.
She teaches Italian privately in Silicon Valley (SF Bay Area) to adults and children and she serves as Direttrice degli Eventi per le DIVE (an all Italian expat women’s group in the San Francisco Bay Area).
In her words: “It has been my personal mission to promote Italian language and cultural enrichment to children & adults by providing a bridge to Italian language and culture here in America and abroad.”


Week 60



CherThis week we have Cher Hale with us! She is “an instigator of adventure and romance on her blog The Iceberg Project, where she teaches people how to charm Italians with their own language.”


Week 59


NinaCiao! My name is Nina Di Natale and I come from Sicily, the greatest island of the Mediterranean Sea. I’m not living in Sicily now, but I try to preserve my ancestral essence of “isolana”. I think that my personality is deeply influenced by the island, at the same time melting pot of different ancient populations and cultures, but also distant, alone, enclosed in the Sea, its main resource and charm.
The passion of the Sea carried me to study for became a Naval Engineer and Marine Architect. From my land I got also a sort of restlessness and continuous need to change place and town, I love travelling and I think that life is a continuous journey.

All of it it’s me, proudly made in Italy!

Week 58


melissa_200x200Hello everybody! Here’s what Melissa tells us about her italianity:

“Ciao! Sono Melissa la studentessa matta – the crazy student of Italian! In college I studied painting and Art History in Firenze. Regretting I didn’t learn the language better at that time, about fifteen years ago I began to self teach-myself the Italian language. I have since become fluent using every means available to me! I now promote the study of the Italian language through the Studentessa Matta Project. I write a blog in Italian called Diario di una Studentessa Matta (www.studentessamatta) to exercise and flex language skills and encourage others to study the language. The blog explores all aspects of Italian culture & current events in a light and humorous way. Also featured are language learning tips, websites, videos & articles that are helpful to obtaining fluency. I travel frequently to Italy and three years ago I began to organize Matta Language and Cultural trips to Italy, for those who want to dive beneath the surface and use their the language in a fun and meaningful way. I am so crazy for Italy and the language that recently I have also initiated a monthly podcast series called “Italian Talk for Lovers of the Language”.”

She also posted on her blog about I_am_Italy project! Have a look: http://www.studentessamatta.com/io-sono-litalia-italy/

Week 57


Silvestro1Hello everybody! This week we will have Silvestro with us, from Lecce! Here it is what he says about himself:

“Greetings from Lecce. For the last 10 years I’ve run my own cooking school here in Lecce. I’m also a national-certified sommelier here in Italy. I bicycle Southern Italian wine country two months each year.”

So let’s discover his week!

Week 56


OxanaMy name is Oxana Sytnik and I come from a country of neverending cold, vodka and matreshkas, try to guess which one it is 🙂 I am currently doing a PhD in Marine and Coastal Management in the University of Bologna and at the moment based in Ravenna. I am a curios person, always trying to do something interesting, discovering something new, stumbling upon the most amazing stuff that life brings up. I am passionate about travelling and my suitcase is always packed and ready to go! While living in Italy I have been taught one thing that I put into use to my every day life, here it goes: start your morning with coffee and end your evening with wine. I love you, Italy!

Week 55


Marco eduMy name is Marco Albonico, I am Italian, and I am 25 years old. I live in Italy. I have a Master’s in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London. Upon graduating from Richmond, I worked in sales and in the customer service sector for INFINITI.
I recently moved back to Italy as I am studying in order to be a diplomat.
I am passionate about social media, climate change, sustainability, and having lived abroad far from home in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, I do appreciate Italy!

Week 54


nicoleI am a 30 year old, native New Yorker, have been living in Italy for 2 years now (but have been coming for vacation every summer for 10 years +). Spent one year living/working/studying in Bologna, and have been living in Rome with my now-husband, Alessandro for the past 1 year.  I work remotely for for a luxury incoming destination management company, Your Private Italy (office in Salerno), which brings in American tourists to Italy, arranging all of their travel plans on the ground. My husband, who is a Chef, works in a restaurant here in Rome in Piazza delle Copelle, and we also run our own boutique culinary tour, Trionfale Tours together.  I am heading back to NYC end of Jan. to go teach a course at Pace University in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. I  hold undergraduate degree from the Hospitality & Tourism Mgt. Program at Pace (2005), and also an MBA in finance (2010) from same.  In 2012 I completed an accelerated Master’s in Marketing, Communications and New Media at the University of  Bologna’s Alma Grad School on a scholarship from Unicredit.

Week 53


marianaI’m an American/Brit dual citizen expat/immigrant, living and working in a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia with my Italian marito. I blog at www.MarriedToItaly.com about the ups and downs of being a foreigner here. For a more complete bio, please see my about page: http://marriedtoitaly.com/about/

[Admin] Happy Birthday I_am_Italy!


1 Anno di I_am_Italy (e una brutta news)

Ciao a tutti!
Questo breve post è per marcare il primo anniversario di I am Italy! Abbiamo iniziato questa avventura esattamente un anno fa: 52 settimane e 52+ curators dopo, vorremmo semplicemente dire un grosso GRAZIE a chiunque abbia contribuito al nostro progetto e creduto che fosse possibile parlare e descrivere l’Italia attraverso le nostre esperienze, storie ed opinioni…talvolta anche in modo divertente!
La grande famiglia di I_am_Italy è cresciuta costantemente: l’account Twitter conta ormai più di 2600 followers e, cosa più importante dei numeri, l’interazione tra di noi e tra noi e gli altri account internazionali è sempre stata stimolante ed interessante. Siamo molto contenti, inoltre, che il nostro progetto abbia ispirato la nascita di altri progetti simili: una menzione particolare a I_am_Europe che inizierà la rotazione proprio in questi giorni. Buona fortuna, ragazzi!

Sfortunatamente, questo anniversario arriva anche con una brutta news: siamo giunti alla fine della nostra lista di curators e, in meno di 10 giorni, se nessuno si candiderà a curator, saremo costretti a mettere in pausa il progetto fino a data sconosciuta (siamo troppo sentimentali per scrivere ‘per sempre’). Come detto, l’unico modo per salvare il progetto è trovare nuovi curators, motivati a partecipare per una settimana a testa. Per questo motivo chiediamo il vostro aiuto: Siamo aperti a qualsiasi suggerimento su come spargere la voce tra le persone potenzialmente interessate. Due modi per aiutare: spargere la voce tra i vostri contatti (linkando al nostro blog o ad uno degli interessantissimi articoli che sono stati scritti sul progetto durante questo anno) e/o suggerendo a noi soluzioni alternative (tramite il nostro indirizzo email: iamitalyontwitter@gmail.com).

Salviamo I_am_Italy tutti assieme!

M. & V.


1 Year of I_am_Italy (and some bad news)

Hello everyone!

Here’s Mattia and Valentina writing you!
This short post is to mark the first birthday of I am Italy! We opened up this project exactly one year ago: 52 amazing weeks and 52+ wonderful curators later, we simply want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the project and believed to the little crazy idea that talking about Italy throught our direct experiences, stories and opinions was possible…and fun!
The I_am_Italy community constantly grew, during the past year: the Twitter account has reached about 2,6k followers and the interaction with the other international accounts is always interesting. We are also happy that our project was a source of inspiration for other similar accounts: a shout out to I_am_Europe that will start the rotation very soon! Good Luck, guys!

Unfortunately, this moment of celebration is clouded by bad news: we are at the bottom of the curator’s list and in less than 10 days, if there won’t be new people applying as curators, we will be forced to pause the project for an unknown period of time (we are too sad to say ‘forever’). In order to save I_am_Italy and go on with our rotation, we are open to any suggestion from you on how to reach and recrute people who could be interested in joining the curation. It would take only a few people to restart the curator’s list and make the project go on, hopefully for another year!
Do you know someone who could be interested in curating? Please, share our Apply link: http://bit.ly/TOnmDO
If you have any other idea on how to spread the word, get in contact with us at iamitalyontwitter@gmail.com.
Any kind of help will be appreciated!

SAVE I_am_Italy!

M & V