Italian is a way of life that we Italophiles try to imbibe. Since most of us have not visited Italy for months or possibly years, we’re all aching to go back and feel that life again. Right now the prospects seem to be limited or almost zero. So instead, let’s live like an Italian, keeping Italy alive from home with these 5 immersion tips! Give it a read and tell me how many you follow.
Keeping Italy alive from home – 5 immersion tips
1. Start your morning with the Moka Pot
My husband and I start our day with fresh Indian coffee in an Italian moka. I emphasize that my mornings instantly are better at the thought of my gleaming and well used tricolor moka pot.
After all, what can be better than the gurgling sound of the Bialetti Moka Pot before I begin to check my work calendar!
Mornings with the moka pot are the best way to immerse in the Italian lifestyle from afar. Follow me on my IG Stories as I share my daily morning coffee routine. It’s a fun way to keeping the Italian in me alive!
2. Cook like an Italian
Cooking Italian food at home is the best way to keeping Italy alive at home. There’s so much regional food to explore, know and understand bit by bit when it comes to “Italian food”. I rarely share my cooking on social media but I’m a considerably good Italian cook.
For instance, when it comes to making pasta, I always make it al dente, thinking of my Italian friends who might judge me for keeping it “la scotta”.
I also try to use Italian olive oil and passata (uncooked purée) when I cook. We get Mutti’s delicious passata easily here in Delhi.
While I’m not really a cookbook person, I know a lot of you are. So I recommend you to check these Italian cookbooks if you’re trying to immerse in the Italian lifestyle through food.
Read & explore more books on Italy
3. Explore the Rai Play App
Another way for keeping Italy alive at home is immersion with the Rai Play app. It is needless to say one of the best and most underrated ways to watching Italian television at home. While not all the programs are possible to view on Rai Play, there are enough that are free in my region. I often see the Italian news just to keep in touch with what’s going on in Italy.
Download the app and start watching and immersing in the Italian way of living. You’ll love it!
4. Book a conversation on Italki
Another excellent way to keeping Italy alive at home is immersion with Italki. A language learning platform, Italki is the perfect way to bringing the language at home. If you can’t afford to go for a full language immersion program, book a conversation lesson on Italki costs for as less as $5!
5. Enroll at the Local Italian Cultural Centre
Another fabulous way to immerse to keeping Italy alive at home is to enroll at the Italian Cultural Centre in your city. All the big cities have these centers that are directly affiliated to the Italian Embassy and maybe now even the small towns (it depends where you are!).
These Cultural centers have regular events, movie screenings, exhibits etc going on. Nowadays, a lot of it is done virtually and is therefore another excellent way to keeping Italy alive from home!
Kathy GatesSeptember 9, 2021 at 2:43 pm
I’m lucky enough to be in Europe — Switzerland at the moment — one thing I do to keep Italy alive is watch the youtube videos produced by 5 Minute Italian. Katie and Matteo take to the streets of Milan regularly to interview Italians on various topics. It’s good language practice and fun. Every so often they post Italian language vids.
ItalophiliaSeptember 9, 2021 at 4:17 pm
Yes I follow them too! they are superb. And congrats on being in Europe, I know how much you like it 🙂
Stacy PollardSeptember 2, 2021 at 1:24 am
Great post, good ideas and all very do-able! Love the advice on the RAI app, searching for it now! xo Stacy
ItalophiliaSeptember 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm
I’m so glad it was useful. xoxo