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  1. LouS
    August 21, 2021 @ 3:36 am

    Is this article dated.
    I’ve spoke to someone living there speaking about how hot the local temperature is
    She drives instead of walks to do her food shopping ?

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    • Serena
      September 29, 2021 @ 7:08 am

      Temperatures in some areas are extremely hot, but only in August or July on some years. The remainder of the time is pleasant. Winter months are cold, as in the rest of the Southern Europe.

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  2. Maria
    September 12, 2021 @ 9:53 pm

    I want to live and work in Sicily. I’m an Italian teacher and tutor and public school ENGLISH as a second language teacher.
    I’m working on my website now

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    • Serena
      September 29, 2021 @ 7:09 am

      Hope you’re enjoying life here!

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    • Harry Musumeci
      October 22, 2022 @ 4:31 pm

      Hi Maria- my father came from Sicily 1n 1929 – settled in Southern New Jersey- which is 20 miles south of Philadelphia – I was born in 1942 – I now live in Florida- I was in Sicily in late August- coming off a cruise ship for one day. – my father came from Catania-My last name is Musumeci – same as president of Sicily

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  3. Kenny
    October 21, 2021 @ 3:06 pm

    I live in the US and want to live in Sicily for a couple months. How is the internet over there and what is a good area to live in?

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    • Serena
      October 22, 2021 @ 4:19 pm

      The internet is excellent, unless you don’t end up choosing remote areas (volcanos, countryside or the tiny islands). In Sicily, there’s so much for every taste. I mentioned some great places in this post, but if you need more: Trapani, Mazara del Vallo, Cefalù, Villafranca tirrena, Modica, Ragusa, Siracusa, Lipari, Castelbuono.

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  4. Samuel pignato
    December 19, 2021 @ 2:58 am

    Hello. My mother is born and raised in a village (San Marcelo) near Florence and Fathers parents from Sicily .. so I’ve not been to Sicily and am really inspired by this information. I’ve always known I need to own my scoliosis heritage. It’s my male linage. My parents fought a lot at first over scilian vs northern Italian I’m considering going to Sicily in April. . Thank u. I’m ready to retire and sick of California costs. Fires etc.

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    • Serena
      December 20, 2021 @ 1:50 pm

      Gut luck with that!
      As Goethe stated in one of his books “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”
      Let us know if you need any help with your Italian while in Sicily

      Cheers!

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  5. Elio
    December 30, 2021 @ 2:19 am

    Hi Serena gd day.
    I live in Canada and I plan to move to Sicily together with my lady companion> I have a Italian passport and a “codice fiscale” my comanion has a Canadian passport. If you can please tell me what she would need to do once we arrive in Sicily in order for her to live there permanently.
    Thank you so much.

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    • Serena
      January 2, 2022 @ 8:07 pm

      Hi Elio. The best option for your wife would be to apply for Italian citizenship as a result of your marriage. She’ll need to pass a B1 Italian language exam to be considered (intermediate Italian level). Our Italian language courses can help her achieve this goal.

      Good luck!

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  6. Brian De Francesco (di Francesco in Sicily)
    May 10, 2022 @ 2:48 am

    My grandparents were both born in Serradifalco, Sicilia, so perhaps I have an avenue to citizenship! I still have relatives in that village. I visited Catania, Taormina and my relatives. I’d like to find an area that has a lot of expats, though, as my wife is not good with other languages. I would love to learn Italian. Please, can you let me know nice areas with large concentrations of English/American expats?

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    • Serena
      May 10, 2022 @ 7:47 pm

      Ciao Brian, although Sicily is an exquisite place and many foreigners have moved there, I wouldn’t say Sicily is on the radar of most American/English expats (at least, yet). Big and bustling cities like Palermo or Catania are attractive to digital nomads. In your case, the area surrounding Siracusa or Siracusa itself should probably do the trick. However, I believe there aren’t large communities of native English speakers on the island right now.

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  7. Lori Jo
    January 22, 2023 @ 7:26 pm

    Hello, Serena. What cities/towns, preferably near a beach and airport, do you think would work best for someone with limited walking ability? Average cost of a 2 bedroom house? Do many houses have yards? Thank you.
    Lovely article. Lori

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    • Serena
      January 23, 2023 @ 10:35 am

      Ciao Lori.

      Due to Sicily’s size, prices for a two-bedroom home can range from 100k to 500-600k. Naturally, the cost varies greatly according to how desirable a town is. The least expensive homes are typically found in remote areas with few amenities ore little infrastructure. Avola and Nido di Noto are the most attractive cities close to Catania’s airport. Near the airport in Comiso is a lovely area called Marina di Ragusa.

      Serena

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  8. Terry
    February 11, 2023 @ 8:26 am

    Wonderful information, very enlightening. I lived on Sicily in the early 90’s and now have an opportunity to move back in the next few months. I understand there is a major migrant problem on the island, is this true? how is it affecting the the island as a whole?
    Thanks

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    • Serena
      March 6, 2023 @ 1:02 pm

      Thank you!

      I don’t think the immigrant issue is a concern for the island at all. Most immigrants arrive in Lampedusa, a small Italian island off the coast of Africa. Some of them stay in Italy, while others travel to other European countries. However, they usually stay in migration centers, which are scattered all over the country (not just Sicily). As a tourist or a local, you are unlikely to be affected by this (sad) situation.

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  9. Lanetta White
    February 15, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

    My nephew is in the Navy and will be living on the Naval base in Sicily. He wants to move the family to Sicily. I have always wanted to live in or near Italy. The job aspect is a little daunting to think about. You have mentioned working remotely. What type of jobs are available to apply for or do you have any recommendations?

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    • Serena
      March 6, 2023 @ 1:05 pm

      Hi Linette,

      My best piece of advice would be to move to Sicily with a job already lined up, such as a remote job from your home country. Some foreigners work as online language teachers or in the tourism industry.

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  10. Robert Salvo
    February 24, 2023 @ 6:32 am

    Im interested in getting some information about living in Sicily. I am of Sicilian heritage and want to possible move there. Can you help me. Is it possible to get duel citizenship US and Italian ?

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    • Serena
      March 6, 2023 @ 1:08 pm

      Hi Robert,

      It is possible to obtain dual citizenship if you can prove and trace your Italian descent. I don’t offer these types of services, but you should be able to find online a few companies based in Italy that can assist you.

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  11. Peter Mandelblatt
    February 25, 2023 @ 8:13 pm

    Hi there I am exploring my options in Italy as an expat from the States. do I need a car in Sicily?
    Thanks

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    • Serena
      March 6, 2023 @ 12:57 pm

      Hi,

      It depends on where you plan to stay and for how long. If you’re planning to settle down, I would definitely recommend getting a car. However, if you’re just passing through or staying for a couple of months, you can manage without one (as long as you stick to major urban areas, of course!).

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  12. Kellye Seeger
    March 12, 2023 @ 9:32 pm

    Hi! My great grandfather was Vincenzo Pusateri born in Palermo and lived in Caccamo. I’m visiting in September of 2023. I have found 8 Pusateri phone listings in Caccamo and hope to connect with family, but have no real expectations. Any information on Caccamo? Grazie Mille!

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    • Serena
      March 13, 2023 @ 5:32 pm

      Hi!

      Although Sicily has a large population of around 5 million people, the last name Pusteri is not well-known in my town, or perhaps even across the island. To trace your ancestry, you may need to visit Caccamo, a charming hilltop village, or try connecting with someone from there through social media platforms like Facebook.

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  13. Joseph Mentesana
    April 8, 2023 @ 8:59 pm

    Hi Serena, We just returned to the US after spending a 2 weeks in Taormina. We rented a car & drove to Palermo & a small town: Campofelice di Fitalia where my great, great, grand father was from and where a street in the town is named after my families our name.
    We fell in love with Taormina and are discussing the possibility of seeking dual citizenship and retiring there. While I know Taormina is a tourist town and likely more expensive relative to others you have mentioned, I’m curious why you don’t mention it as a possible town to live.
    Joseph Mentesana

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    • Serena
      April 11, 2023 @ 2:21 pm

      Taormina is an exquisite town to visit for sure, but personally, I would prefer to live in a town with narrow streets, fewer tourists, and better Sicilian restaurants. However, tastes differ, and for many, Taormina would be the perfect place to retire

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  14. CT
    April 9, 2023 @ 12:30 am

    Hi Serena
    Thank you for the insightful information. I am thinking to relocate to Sicily. I am thinking to buy/build a residential somewhere with a seaview. I am also a certified pilates teacher, and thinking to open a home full equipment pilates studio for reformer group classes and privates. Do you know if there is such a market for this and if so where, which areas? I am not fixed on Sicily per se but it is beautiful and I think costs of living are much cheaper than others in Italy? I just need somewhere lower cost of living, seaview, good wifi internet, gyms, safety, potential clientele (tourist, health conscientious). Would appreciate any advice. thanks so much!

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    • Serena
      April 11, 2023 @ 2:23 pm

      I love Pilates, and there are very few studios outside major towns. I think your business idea would work out. Feel free to schedule a call if you want to have a more in-depth discussion about my views on it.

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