1. Avatar Cari King
    April 13, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

    Hey John. As always, a great article, well written and with lots of passione. It was also a very revealing and vulnerable assessment. I didn’t hang out with you in high school or college but what I have learned about you since then, Italy’s heart is truly beating in you. I am so happy for you and excited for all the possibilita that your long, healthy and happy life holds. Abbracci.


  2. John Henderson John Henderson
    April 14, 2016 @ 12:16 am

    Thanks, Cari. They say the best writing comes from the heart. This is an easy place to write about. If you ever get over here, be sure to look me up.


  3. Avatar Paul Burns
    April 14, 2016 @ 4:44 am

    Have you been in Milan much? I get the impression they’re much more business oriented and unfriendly there.


  4. John Henderson John Henderson
    April 14, 2016 @ 5:03 am

    Yes, Paul. I have been in Milan some. As I noted, it’s the one place I met a rude person. But I went back in May on assignment and everyone was real friendly.


  5. Avatar Charlene Lord
    May 31, 2016 @ 6:06 am

    Excellent article! I’m kind of on the fence about moving to Florence from the U.S. and your article may have convinced me to start packing!


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      June 1, 2016 @ 12:48 am

      Start packing, Charlene. Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s better to try and fail than forever look over your shoulder thinking you could’ve had a better life than you have.



  6. Avatar Wynne
    November 2, 2016 @ 10:55 am

    By the end of this post, I was nearly weeping with a longing I have felt for years…a longing to live in Italy, at least part time. I’m hoping to accomplish that through my US employer Q4 of 2018 (it remains to be seen).

    I’m thrilled to have discovered your blog site and will now commence reading all about your Italian life, and how on EARTH you managed, as an American, to live there (though I think you married an Italian?)!


  7. John Henderson John Henderson
    November 2, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the kind note. I hope my blogs inspire more people to take the big step across the ocean. Italy has a lot of problems but every country does and its positives far outweigh the negatives. I have Italians who read me just to be reminded of what a special place they have here. And no, I never married an Italian. I moved here with one friend and an ex-girlfriend who got married — to an Italian — four months after I arrived. I deny any connection. In other words, I came here and started pretty much from scratch. Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions.


  8. Avatar valeria
    March 10, 2017 @ 9:34 am

    This post came up in my FB feed today. I agree with everything you say here! I must go back and read all of your posts.

    I have plans to move to Italy, somehow, in the coming years. (it’s just a dream, want – but no idea how to make it happen yet!)


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 11, 2017 @ 1:46 am

      Valeria: Thanks for the comment. Don’t give up your dream. I wrote an article for GoNomad.com about how I moved to Italy. I didn’t include visa information. That’s another story. But if you Google “John Henderson,” “GoNomad.com” and “How to retire to Rome” you’ll see the process I took to make it happen. Let me know if you have any questions.


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