When you’re an Italian living in Barcelona, you feel almost at home. With the shared Latin roots, the warm and romantic cultural environment and great Italian restaurants everywhere, you barely notice the language isn’t exactly the same your ears were used to since you were born.
There’s one thing that is always irreplaceable when you move abroad, though – the people. Of course, one of the greatest things about moving abroad is getting to know new people from a different culture, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do that with the friendly people of Barcelona. However, to make any place your “home away from home”, it’s essential to connect with other expats from your country.
Italians form one of the biggest expat communities in Barcelona, with countless events and meetups that will keep your culture close to your heart even when you’re physically away. In a city so big and with such a rich cultural environment, though, it can be hard to find exactly the communities you’re looking for. To make it easier for you, here are some online platforms you can use to find Italians in Barcelona:
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A network dedicated to connecting expats in cities all over the world, Internations will allow you to easily reach other Italians in Barcelona, get involved with the community and take part in events organized by the platform. Your favourite Italian soccer team has an important match but you don’t know where to watch it? You’re not sure where to buy just the right ingredients for the homemade pasta you miss so much? Trade information with other Italians and you’ll even risk getting some company to watch the game or to enjoy a nice nostalgic dinner.
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Expat is another online platform that you can use to easily connect with Italian expatriates. Just join their Barcelona network, mingle in the forums and you’ll be sure to find someone to sing Renato Zero within no time. Expat.com will also help you find useful information about things such as international money transfers, travel insurance and other important things that you might need to know when moving to Barcelona.
Barcelona Expats (Facebook Group)
Although not exclusive to Italians, this Facebook group has over 12,000 members, forming a huge expat community by itself. Not only you’ll easily find fellow countrymen in the group (just try posting asking for Italians, you’ll be sure to get a lot of answers), but you can also connect with expats from other countries and share experiences and advice with them.
We hope these platforms will help you feel as comfortable in Barcelona as you do in your own hometown. It doesn’t mean you won’t miss your country, but you’ll certainly have company to celebrate your culture and heritage. Of course, don’t forget to socialize with Spanish people as well, they are quite nice!
As always, you’re more than welcome to use the comment box below to tell us all about your experience.