20 Tips to Overcome Home Sickness in Italy

Damien O'Farrell
2 min readMay 13, 2023

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1. Make a list of activities that make you feel better, like watching a movie, writing in a journal, taking a walk, etc. and be sure to practice them regularly.

2. Stay connected with family and friends back home through video chat, text, or phone calls.

3. Make sure to stay engaged with the local community by joining clubs or activities that interest you.

4. Take time to explore the area and learn about Italian culture.

5. Pick up a hobby and learn Italian to help keep your mind off home.

6. Learn to appreciate the differences between your home country and Italy.

7. Keep a positive outlook and focus on the positives and opportunities of living in Italy.

8. Utilize social media to connect with people who share your interests and experiences.

9. Join an online group with other people who are also experiencing home sickness.

10. Try to make your new place feel like home by decorating and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.

11. Find a local park or beach and spend time outdoors to get some fresh air.

12. Reach out for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed or need extra support.

13. Eat familiar foods from home to make you feel more connected.

14. If possible, take a trip within Italy to get a change of scenery, and to explore the wonders of the Bel Paese.

15. Make sure you’re getting enough rest and taking time for yourself.

16. Keep a journal to document your experience and reflect on your growth.

17. Remind yourself of why you chose to live in Italy and what you hope to gain from the experience.

18. Find local events or activities to participate in and make new friends.

19. Take lots of pictures and create a scrapbook or photo album of your experience.

20. Try to remember that feeling homesick is perfectly normal, and with time you’ll be able to adjust to your new life in Italy.

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Damien O'Farrell

Global Mobility Specialist and Expat Coach with thirty plus years’ experience in providing high-touch immigration, relocation, & coaching services in Italy.