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Italy Expat News

10 of the Strangest Traditions from Around the World

From scrambled egg festivals to monkey buffets, it’s safe to say that there are some rather weird and wonderful traditions that take place around the world. Here’s a list of just 10 of the most bizarre cultural practices from around the globe that are still carried out today:   La Tomatina, Spain First up is La Tomatina, the largest tomato fight in the world. It’s not quite known how it came about but there are many theories surrounding it. One of the most popular is ... Read more

The Easiest Countries to Get Dual Citizenship

If you’re considering a new life in a different country a second passport can provide an extra bit of security. Some countries that have faced political instability have seen expats cast out; such as Kenya back in 2016. Therefore, dual citizenship can ensure you remain in the country of your choice. Perks also include tax benefits, social services, employment options and investment opportunities and freedom to travel. There are a variety of ways of securing citizenship in another country and some ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: What to Do During a Volcanic Eruption

There are around 1,500 potentially active volcanos around the world, many of which are on the ocean floor. The most active region in the world is the Ring of Fire; a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire is responsible for 81% of the largest earthquakes recorded and 22 of the largest volcanic eruptions of the past 11,700 years. Some of the most affected countries include the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and the west coast ... Read more

The Most Affordable Places for Expats to Live in 2018

Many of us while away time at work daydreaming about escaping the rat race to live a simpler life. We envisage breakfast on a balcony. Daily sunshine. The coast on your doorstep. Whilst some of our perfect locations aren’t achievable yet, there are some destinations around the globe that could allow expats to work very little or retire early. Cali, Colombia Nestled just shy of Colombia’s coastline, Cali is a city that is fast becoming one of South America’s most popular with expats. Located ... Read more

5 of Europe’s Most Beautiful National Parks

Paris, Venice, London. Europe is home to some of the most enchanting and cultured cities on the planet. Although these concrete jungles are rich with experiences, from shopping to cuisine, there are also an unfathomable array of landscapes enticing visitors from every corner of the globe. Peneda-Geres National Park, Portugal Known simply as Geres, Portugal’s only national park is over 300 million years old. The Iberian Peninsula was crushed against Europe, fusing together and creating part of Portugal’s mountainous northern border with Spain. Geres ... Read more

7 Surprising Food Etiquette Rules from Around the World

You have nailed the basics of elbows off the table, don’t slurp your soup, and don’t talk with your mouth full. You are safe in the knowledge that you can attend a dinner party without committing too many faux pas. However, heading abroad can open up a whole new can of worms. While we appreciate that every country has their own way of doing things when it comes to meal times, a life of continental eating is a tough one to ... Read more

The 10 Best Culinary Hotspots for Jet Set Foodies

Whether on a voyage of cultural discovery, or aiming for the perfect tan on tropical beach, once the pangs of hunger hit it is only a matter of time before you sidle off to a restaurant and indulge in subsequent snooze. But, for the dedicated foodies of the world, who says you cannot plan part of your holiday around the gourmet offerings of the world? From street food vendors to Michelin star restaurants, there are unique cuisines catering to all palettes ... Read more

What are The Best (and Worst) Passports for International Travel?

Many expats and seasoned travellers are so used to brandishing their passport sanguinely while gliding into yet another country as to take it for granted. After all, isn’t a passport just a passport? Apparently not, according to a new study by residence and citizenship experts Henley & Parts. The firm recently published their annual “Visa Restriction Index” which aims to examine the “strength” of different passports. In essence, the study looks at how many countries the holder of a specific passport can enter either without ... Read more

Travel + Leisure Reveals the World’s Best City Destinations

Travel + Leisure, one of the most-respected websites for travel advice, has just revealed their top city break recommendations. The recommendations come not from the publishers themselves, but rather from thousands of independent readers of their website and/or magazine. With such a large data set the results are considered significant, with awards being highly regarded in the travel industry. Furthermore, and possibly even more interestingly, before collating the eventual winners, Travel + Leisure screens all responses, seeking to eliminate any from travel industry professionals. ... Read more
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