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Mon, 02/22/2016 - 02:23

Hello Jean, Thanks for visiting my FB page for Monferrato. I hope that some of my photos, and news will remind you of our beauties. I have also been here more than 20 years, and I started the page to help Monferrato and Monferrini to share and exchange with each other and with the world beyond. Best, Toni

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 02:15

Hi Sandi, I saw that you have "stopped by" my FB page "Monferrato Mio". Feel free to post any news or events from your neighborhood, or send them in a message and I will post them. I try to cover everything of interest, but, I can always use suggestions. Toni Hilton

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:00

 I administer a Facebook page called "Monferrato Mio", and it is Eng/It bilingual, photos, current events--festivals, concerts, museum shows, restaurant specials, wine/cheese tastings, cultural information, etc....to promote our lifestyle and local business. You will find that English is not commonly spoken in Piemonte, and I started the page to help local vacation home and B&B owners have information available for their guests. The stable I mentioned previously is also present, with a page called "Cascina Monticello".I invite all of you in the 'Italy community', but especially those interested in Piemonte to come visit the page virtually.I also have a Facepage for our own vacation rental property "Casa in Monferrato". Senza impegno!Toni..(I hope it is all right to mention other Facebook pages within this discussion context...)

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:43

Pleased to hear that you are planning a move to our region. I live with my husband and daughter in the Monferrato area of Piemonte, and we think it is great horse riding country. Our 18 year old daughter keeps a horse in Casorzo in a lovely stable: Hilltop with spectacular vineyards all around. They ride out on dirt roads and in fine weather often stay out all day--riding to other villages for lunch or visiting other stables. As opposed to Langhe or other areas at higher altitude, Monferrato has long, low hills and a nice microclimate.I am not a rider myself, but one of the other 'stable moms' is originally from Norfolk. I'm sure she would be pleased to give you more information.  I am not sure how to connect personally via this community, but if we can help, just ask...and I will figure out how to respond. Toni

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 02:35

To Gala and LL, Thank you for the back up. After, 23 years of living in Italy I have come to the conclusion that  the best thing to be here is a TOURIST. A Landed Tourist, or even just a temporary one. Having to make a living here, certainly detracts from our ability to appreciate the numerous wonders and delights. And, I am a bilingual, dual citizen--my husband a native Piemontese. I have known too many foreigners who have followed dreams to Italy, with more hope than preparation, and found themselves deluded. I guess that it is our duty to burst a few bubbles...T.H

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 03:45

AM. I am sure that you had no intention of demeaning any other nurse, however, I think what we have tried to explain to answer your query, is that Nursing is not the same round the world. In the USA where I trained and worked, nurses have excellant chances for professional support and advancement. Partially, I believe, because young doctors are fewer and older ones more specialized, and therefore the nurse finds many niches for expertise. In Italy, medical school and all university is essentially free, allowing for more young doctors who are anxious to insert lines, tubes, and generally do jobs that perhaps in other places would fall to the nursing staff. Secondly, the Italian system is almost totally public, meaning that a nurse is a state employee--and in a place where public service jobs are highly sought for their perceived stability. I, myself,  left nursing when I came to live here learned masonry skills and took to buying and renovating houses....TH

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:10

Anna Maria,  That Italy might "benefit" from your skills--is totally not the point....unless you are applying for the open post as President of the Republic. That the Italian Nursing Council website is written in Italian, should come as no surprise. Before "feeling" that Italy should welcome "senior skilled and experienced" New Zealandese nurses, you have evidentally concluded--erroneously-- that Italian nurses are neither.Italian nurses, like all Italians today, are hanging on to any bit of a job that they can get. The fact  is  that our hospitals are closing departments; small hospitals are closing down completely.  We do not need "an agency ...to support (non Italian) nurses to work through the myriad of processes". We need jobs, lower taxes, corporate incentives, growth stimulation--and many say, to return to our own flexible currency.Come to Italy and you will be delighted and appreciated, as long as you remain a tourist. Try to make your living here and you will be frustrated and disillusioned...just like real Italians are. Your choice. 

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:24

I have never entered into this forum before, however this question prompted me to respond. Twenty years ago, as an American RN (CCRN Trauma resucitation) with intermediate Italian skills, I moved to Italy...certain that I would be able to find work in my field. Today, I realize how incredibley naive and ingenuous I was, so perhaps I can save someone else's time. 1. Italy has no reciprocity with the USA, for licensing of any sort. 2. The health care system in Italy is a state job..and highly sought after. To apply, you must have trained in Italy, and be able to fill infinite forms, have tremendous patience--and better yet, "know someone" who will move your application along in the competition process 3. The unemployment rate for 25yr olds and under is 43%...for over 25 less but still much, much higher than in the US. Italy is full right now with qualified Russian, Romanian and other foreign nurses who pick up a living as "badante"--home aides to elderly. Twenty years ago I was lucky enough to get a part time job as nurse adjunct to the US Consulate..You could try US/Nato bases around the country. Good luck.