C.O.S.I (or literally crazy observations by stranieri) is collective blogging group made up of foreigners living a rich, colourful and at times frustrating lives in ‘Bella Italia’.

We have haphazardly come together to pool our thoughts and share the reality behind life in this often romanticized country. 

Hey, there is nothing like honestly to take the shine off of things. If you want the truth about day to day life in Italy with a pinch of humor then you are in the right place.

Our group is quite eclectic, but in a fun and energetic way, the majority live in Florence, others are from Reggio Emilia, Piedmonte, Rome and one blogger living in Sicily. 

We are mostly Americans, with a Brit and one token Australian!

Here are the bio’s and links to the C.O.S.I crew. 

Feel free to visit everyone, comment and follow as you please. 


‘M’ creator of  Married to Italy

‘M’ is an American Texpat architect, living and working in her husband’s tiny hometown in the province of Reggio Emilia. Her blog is home to her rants and raves about life in Italy, and it serves as her therapeutic search for hilarity amongst the chaos.


Misty Elizabeth Evans the brains behind Surviving in Italy

Misty is an American expat trapped between two worlds with her badass husband, his chest hair, and their poodle. She is a writer and partner of House Of Ossimori. Her award-winning blog, Surviving In Italy, aims to honestly portray her life in Italy, the sober times, the drunken times, the yelling, food, family, and on occasion her obsession with the majestic Capybara. She’s also terrible at writing Bios. Someone do it for her next time, okay?


Rick Zullo the force behind  Rick’s Rome

Rick is an American expat living in Rome. Born in Chicago and raised in Florida, he came to the Caput Mundi in 2010 and forgot to go back. When he’s not exploring his adoptive hometown or writing for his blog, he spends his time teaching the world English, one Roman at a time. Rick is also the author of the silly little eBook, “Live Like an Italian,” available on Amazon.


Georgette the creative artist of Girl in Florence

Georgette is an American social media strategist, copywriter, blogger and a certifiable ‘Tuscan Texan’ living and breathing all things Florence. Social inside and out, she lives in the moment and eats way too much pasta. She blogs about life in Italy, travel around Europe {and the world}.


Gina the sassy writer behind The Florence Diaries

Gina is a 26 year old California native whose unhealthy love of cheese, wine and gossip has made her a perfect transplant to Italy.  She blogs about life in Florence, tour guiding for college students abroad, traveling and her dog Gorgonzola.  When she’s not busy writing down all the crazy stuff that happens to her, she’s listening to Snoop Dog and trying to figure out how to open an In-N-Out Burger in Italy.


Pecora Nera the witty wordsmith from  Englishman in Italy

 Pecora Nera writes about life in Italy, from the trials and tribulations of obtaining an Italian driving licence to being detained at Gatwick Airport because his Sicilian mother in law decided to go through the airport security with a rather large pen knife in her handbag.

Andrea from Sex lies and nutella

Andrea the lover of decadence from Sex, Lies and Nutella

Andrea is an Italian-American living the dream (and occasional nightmare) in Rome.  On an incessant search for all things dolce in la vita, she recounts the travels, reflections, observations, and frustrations that make up her own special blend of life in the Bel Paese.  She also isn’t half as scandalous as her title suggests.


The group has covered the following topics:

Our collective nervous breakdown

Becoming bold and italic collectively

So you’re married to a foreigner … an Italian perspective

Superstitious Italy: A Friday the thirteenth special!

Struggling with the Italian language

Quirky questions about life in Italy

Summertime madness and Ferragosto 

The toilet situation in Italy

An introduction to food

A basic Christmas feast

New Years in Italy

 St Valentines day

The concept of Authenticity

Northern Italy verses Southern Italy

How to be a good tourist in Italy

Fubizia, Italian’s shrewdness

How to find work in Italy

Wintertime in Italy

Sweet treats of December in Italy

An early Easter in Sicily

Culture Shock in Sicily

Unfortunately COSI’ no longer posts regularly so there will not be anything new for now.

A few of the members have moved back to the States but their web pages are still active  and are filled with tonnes of helpful information and advice. Those of us who are still here are blogging our hearts out as usual. Thanks for reading along and feel free to comment and participate in the conversation.

Sicily Inside and Out continues to post articles about life as an expat in Sicily and the links to COSI’ member’s will remain here as they are filled with valuable insights into expat life in Italia.



8 thoughts on “COSI

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your life in Sicily. I appreciate your honesty and the spectacular photos say a thousand words. Tuo blog mi aiuta a capire la mia famiglia siciliana recentemente collegato, when they stare at me as if they do not understand when I say “Ciao”.


    1. Wow, thanks for your beautiful comment. I always try to be honest and I think after a decade of living here I really know Sicily and Sicilians very well.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment, many thanks to you!


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