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Becoming Italian

Becoming Italian

By Caleb Fornari
A realistic look at the process of becoming an Italian citizen through the eyes of 2 Americans who tried, and failed to apply for recognition of their citizenship via Jure Sanguinis in Italy. We cover the latest changes in the law, and more importantly on the ground in Italy as local governments have become overwhelmed by the amount of applications received in recent years.
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Stories Series #1 - Bryn Bonino

Becoming Italian

Stories Series #1 - Bryn Bonino
In this episode we talk to Bryn Bonino about her experience applying for Citizenship Recognition at the Miami Consulate as well as her travels in Italy and her time spent studying there.  This is the first guest interview in our stories series, where we will bring you stories of Jure Sanguinis applicants and their tips for applying at consulates and in Italy. You can learn more about Bryn and her story on her website at: In addition you can find her on Instagram at: @brynbonino
November 26, 2019
#6 - Visas and Bureaucracy
In this episode we cover visas and how to stay in Italy legally while waiting for citizenship recognition. We also talk about our experiences dealing with various government offices in Italy and some tips for navigating what can sometimes seem like a never ending bureaucracy. This episode should be particularly helpful for anyone planning on moving to Italy to apply for Jure Sanguinis Citizenship recognition instead of at a consulate.
October 19, 2019
#5 - Food and Traveling
In this episode we talk about traveling and food in Italy. We cover the Italian train system - how to buy tickets, what to expect when riding the train in Italy - and our experiences traveling to various cities. We also talk about the differences between Italian and American culinary culture. This episode is less focused on Jure Sanguinis issues specifically but it should be informative for anyone planning a trip to Italy for the first time.
September 13, 2019
#4 - Applications and Residence
This episode covers the application process in Italy and at consulates worldwide. We also talk about apartment hunting in Italy and obtaining residence there. 4 year law for Jure Sanguinis: Prenota Appointment System: Italian Rental Websites:
July 23, 2019
#3 - Documents and Collection
In this episode we cover documents needed and where to go to collect them.
June 28, 2019
#2 - Eligibility and Responsibility
In this episode we cover how to determine whether you are eligible for recognition of Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis. We also go over some recent changes in law and interpretation on the part of some Italian consulates, as well as our personal reasons for applying. Some resources discussed in the episode: Apologies for the poor audio on this one, I have a better mic in the mail so the next one should be much smoother.
June 19, 2019
#1 - Origins and Stories
This episode covers our origin stories. How we found out we were Italian and how and where we tried to apply for citizenship recognition in Italy. We also cover some recent changes to Italian law and how it might affect you if you plan to apply in the future.
June 14, 2019