hadrian's villa italy
Has this guy even heard of a bidet??

Before I took my first trip to Italy, questions like “What should I pack?” and “How do I blend in?” frequented my search bar for months. I took refuge in the anonymity of the Internet and after a while, even Google was exhausted from my relentless effort to know everything possible about Italy. Despite some fantastic travel blogs out there (check out C.O.S.I. and The 10 Best Italy Blogs You Need To Follow), I still found myself wanting more.

As a way of saying thank you to other italophile bloggers who helped me to ‘blend in’, I’m here to help you and share my obsession with il bel paese

Hadrien's Villa, Tivoli
One year later: Same butt, different sunglasses


A play on ciao‘, using the Italian suffix ‘-one‘ to imply something bigger, ciaone was born! a grande ciao, it can be a big hello or a big goodbye. (: It’s a funny slang for italian youth: check out How to talk like an Italian Millennial.

Villetta Barrea in Abruzzo, Italy - ciaone italia
My Dad and I visiting my nonni’s old home in Abruzzo, on separate occasions

The girl

My name is Domenica and I am a young twenty-something living in the states. I spend my days working at a leading internet marketing agency (<3 Fractl), streaming Italian pop radio, trying to get a tan (while avoiding the outdoors at every opportunity), racing to Trader Joes before rush hour, wondering if Donald Trump is going to start WWIII, and daydreaming about my next trip to Italy. 

I am a self-professed italophile, obsessed with the language, the music, the people, the food, the architecture, the history, the fashion–you name it. I hope ciaone italia can be a resource for you on your journey to Italy! 

I’m here to provide you with my best tips and tricks so you can make the most out of your trip, semester, or lifetime living the bella vita

american in italy
How do you spot an American in Florence? She’ll be the one sitting on the filthy terra.

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