Why I Want To Be an Italian Citizen

Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy

I first learned about being able to become an Italian citizen a couple a years ago before I started thinking about traveling around the world. I figured the process was quick and never really looked into it much more than knowing that I could become an Italian citizen. I had a full-time job in the US and didn’t think having to go through the process was worth my time nor did I find many reasons why I needed it. Once I started traveling and owning my own business online, I realized how useful it could be to be an Italian citizen. Here’s why:

EU Passport

There’s a lot of Europe I haven’t discovered yet and I feel like there’s so much to see around this continent. As an American, I’m only supposed to be in Europe for 6 months at 3 months at a time. This makes things a bit more difficult if I wanted to stay somewhere for awhile or travel around Europe for an extended amount of time.

Unfortunately having a US passport means many countries charge high prices for tourist visa’s going over $140USD because it’s reciprocal to what the US charges them to visit. Tourist visa’s coming out of the EU are usually much cheaper.

Having a Homebase

I love traveling but sometimes I need a place I can call home for awhile. It’s tiring being on the road all the time. After a year on the road, I started taking things much slower by staying in places from weeks to months.

What’s great about calling somewhere in Europe home is that I can still travel to so many places. Having grown up in the states, I have to travel for a couple hours just to get to another state. A couple hours in Europe can take me to a totally different country. It would be ideal to travel for a couple weeks then come back to where I could call home in Europe. I wouldn’t have to pack as much in my backpack either since I’d be taking shorter trips. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to get an apartment that has a couch for all of you to come over.

For Business Reasons

My email box is flooded because for the last couple weeks, I’ve been taking trains and touring cities around Europe. I’m behind in nearly everything and it’s frustrating because it’s how I make money. Without having internet access or time to do business tasks, I can’t make money and if I don’t make money, I can’t travel. It’s a strange paradox I put myself into because I want to travel but I also need to make money. This goes back to having a homebase really. By having a homebase, I can more easily separate business and travel and have more time to do both. I can concentrate better on my business by having a homebase and even have fun traveling instead of traveling only for work.

Heritage

On both sides of my family, there’s a lot of Italian blood. My grandma was born in Calabria, Italy and sometimes tells me stories of when she was a child in Italy.

A large part of my family is also from Argentina but they even migrated from Italy to Argentina. Much of the culture in Argentina has been adopted from the Italians that moved to Argentina. Having traveled around Italy and Argentina a bit, I can see a lot of the similarities.

Stephanie jokes about how much I blend in Italy and especially when I don’t shave for just a couple days. Everyone assumes I speak Italian and sometimes I get asked for directions. I have yet to study the language but I have to admit it’s kind of nice to be mistaken for an Italian for some reason. Since I already know how to speak spanish, I can almost make out a lot of what’s being said in Italian. The hand gestures are exactly alike in Argentina. I will definitely be learning the Italian language because as a citizen, I feel like I have the responsibility to know it.

Other Bonus’s

– I can live and work anywhere in Europe for as long as I want with no restrictions.

– The travel industry in Europe are much more tech-savvy than in North America and thus I have more business opportunities.

– Free health care. As an American, this is a big one.

– The opportunity to go back to school at a cost that I could actually afford.

– I get to keep my American citizenship.

Where will I live? More on that in another article.

  • Dariece@GoatsOnTheRoad

    Interesting! I am a Canadian citizen but have dual citizenship to the UK, like you said, it allows me to stay longer in Europe and I could even work there. Go for it!
    Cheers.

  • Dariece@GoatsOnTheRoad

    Interesting! I am a Canadian citizen but have dual citizenship to the UK, like you said, it allows me to stay longer in Europe and I could even work there. Go for it!
    Cheers.

  • http://renegadepilgrim.com/ RenegadePilgrim

    Yep. You pretty much nailed it on the head. There are sooooo many good reasons for having dual citizenship. My grandfather’s family is from Calabria, my grandmother’s is from Abruzzo. I have family I still visit in Abruzzo in the mountains in a small town called Castel di Sangro. It’s beautiful there.

  • http://renegadepilgrim.com/ RenegadePilgrim

    Yep. You pretty much nailed it on the head. There are sooooo many good reasons for having dual citizenship. My grandfather’s family is from Calabria, my grandmother’s is from Abruzzo. I have family I still visit in Abruzzo in the mountains in a small town called Castel di Sangro. It’s beautiful there.

  • Carlos

    From what I’ve researched to use the health care in Italy permanently not only must you be a resident but also reside there. I think you plan on residing there but the bullet point itself was misleading. You agree to relinquish all other citizenships once you become a US Citizen but they don’t seem to care, yet.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      No. You do not need to give up citizenship. Italy and the US recognize dual citizenship.

  • Carlos

    From what I’ve researched to use the health care in Italy permanently not only must you be a resident but also reside there. I think you plan on residing there but the bullet point itself was misleading. You agree to relinquish all other citizenships once you become a US Citizen but they don’t seem to care, yet.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      No. You do not need to give up citizenship. Italy and the US recognize dual citizenship.

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I definitely noticed a lot of Argentineans, especially the older ones spoke Spanish with an Italian accent. And the hand gestures, you’re absolutely right on point about those!

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I definitely noticed a lot of Argentineans, especially the older ones spoke Spanish with an Italian accent. And the hand gestures, you’re absolutely right on point about those!