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Old 02-22-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I am Italian, in my early 30s and I am planning to relocate to the Miami / Ft Lauderdale area and would like to get in contact with Italians who permanently live there. I currently live in Chicago, IL.

I know that there isn't any Italian association or organization, so I decided to post here.

I am also interested in getting in contact with (non-Italian) people who are into the Italian language/culture.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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I like Italian food, does that count? :-)
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:35 AM
 
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... Miami ... area ... and would like to get in contact with Italians who permanently live there.

I know that there isn't any Italian association or organization, so I decided to post here.
Well, there are the Italian Consulate and Societą Dante Alighieri in Coral Gables, and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce downtown.

There used to be an association - circolo culturale or somesuch - spawning from the diplomatic/business community and even funded by the Italian government, but - you guessed it - it folded several years ago due to corruption allegations.

Most Italian business in Miami revolves around yachting, hotels, restaurants, and fashion, some related to furnishing, mainly ceramics and marble for floors and walls, kitchens and bathrooms, several specializing in interior design, and one or two specializing in decorative mosaics, then the usual lawyers, accountants, bankers, insurers, realtors, and importers/exporters.

A public school in Coral Gables/Coconut Grove - Washington Carver Elementary and Middle School - offers a program in Italian language and culture, in some way approved by the Ministry of Education, and there is a parents' association in connection with that.

Otherwise, for the most part, Italians in Miami are concentrated in Miami Beach, and, as far as I know, there are a few scattered in the Coral Gables/Dadeland/Pinecrest area.

So your best bet is to come to Miami Beach, walk around, and spark up conversation with people speaking Italian, which is not too hard to find there.

In bocca al lupo!

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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Italian in Miami here. Working in finance in Brickell. Most Italians are in Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, Aventura, Brickell and Coral Gables. Lots of Italians in Boca Raton too.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:09 AM
 
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There are many Italian- American associations in the area, including Miami & Ft. Lauderdale. . Here's a list- scroll through. Maybe with one or more you'll be comfortable- good luck

Southeast
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Well, there are the Italian Consulate and Societą Dante Alighieri in Coral Gables, and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce downtown.
Ciao, thank you for the general information, it gives me a picture which is practically what I was guessing. So your information confirms my thoughts.

I know about the Consolato and Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Camera, but I am not looking for services, I do not own a business. I am trying to network with people.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Italian in Miami here. Working in finance in Brickell. Most Italians are in Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, Aventura, Brickell and Coral Gables. Lots of Italians in Boca Raton too.
Hi there. I have been to Brickell and Coral Gables too. Thank you for your reply.

Do the Italians you know live permanently in the Miami area, or are they staying temporarily (for short- time work, study, tourism, leisure) ? I heard most Italians just come and go, do casual/temporary jobs, meaning they are not a steady presence in Miami.

May I also ask you what kind of jobs the Italians you know, do?
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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There are many Italian- American associations in the area, including Miami & Ft. Lauderdale. . Here's a list- scroll through. Maybe with one or more you'll be comfortable- good luck

Southeast
Thank you!! Good to know!
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