Italophile.com: All Your Italy Questions, Answered

What I would have done to have access to a forum like Italophile.com back when I was anxiously planning my first trip to Italy. I stumbled across this community a few weeks ago. It is a game-changer for any and every Italophile out there.

So, what sets it apart? While I’ve already shared some of my favorite blogs out there for English-speaking expats in Italy, Italophile.com is different. It’s a forum! As it reads on the homepage,

“Italophile is a community for Italophiles. Those of us who love Italy and all things Italian, whether you already live in Italy or elsewhere, plan to visit and need info or just want to chat about La Dolce Vita.”

Back in the day, I used to peruse Reddit for Italy related threads and came up empty handed almost every time. No one was ever around to feed my Italy passion! This forum is different. It’s super active and the interface is clean, simple, and easy to navigate. I’ve already come across some great threads about the Italian language, Northern and southern Italian stereotypes, and how to pack for your trip (one my favorite topics)! Here’s some great advice from a user named Shorty861:

One discussion in particular that I love is the Prejudice Against Italian-Americans thread. Although I have my own opinions, I think it’s interesting to read what everyone else has to say about the history of Italians emigrating and integrating into American society. Everyone has their own experience. Check it out here.

italophile forumI reached out to Dan, the creator of italophile.com and asked him a few questions about why he created such a good resource. Check it out:

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CI: What inspired you to create italophile.com? 

Dan: My love for Italy and all things Italian. As Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

CI: Have you encountered any interesting/out-of-the-blue/totally genius discussions or questions on the forum since you launched? 

Dan: When you celebrate the beauty and allure of one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, that truly has it all, it’s a never-ending discovery of sensational food and wine, rich history and an unmistakable, soulful culture.
Here’s fantastically useful tip: there’s a FREE “Introduction to Italian” online course held by University of Siena starting on 16 Oct 2017 (less than 2 weeks from now).  If you ever wanted to explore the culture of Italy – helping you to understand its people, its places, and its lifestyle, then this free online course is perfect for you. See you there!


CI: When did you launch / why / what’s your goal with the site? 

Dan: Italophile is a community forum for italophiles, those of us who love Italy and all things Italian. The goal is to connect italophiles worldwide. The community was launched this Summer on 14th of July, so it’s still in its infancy but it’s growing nicely. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.

CI: What’s your favorite memory of traveling to Italy? 

Dan: My favorite memory of traveling to Italy is of a classical music concert held on the beautiful outdoor stage of Villa Rufolo in Ravello, Amalfi Coast. It’s part of the Ravello Festival that is held yearly during the summer months ever since 1953. The stage is surreal, feels like it’s suspended between sky & sea. I haven’t seen anything like it. Here’s a photo of that stage from that very night:
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Ravello is still off-the-beaten path, even on the busy Amalfi Coast. It’s the hidden treasure of the Costiera Amalfitana.

Who should check out the new italophile forum?

  • If you’re new to Italy and need some advice

  • Or, If you’re an expert and want to share your knowledge

  • And if you’re just looking to make friends with similar passions (read: obsessions) for Italy

Have you visited italophile.com? Tell me what you think about it in the comments below!

And a big Grazie to Italophile.com for sponsoring this post!

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