I have recently embarked upon a journey, a quest. The goal I seek is a simple one: dual citizenship.
This blog is an attempt to record this experience. I am a US citizen living in Italy and I’ve been married to an Italian national for over two years, making me eligible to request Italian citizenship. I expect this to be a lengthy process full of pitfalls and setbacks and I would like to document the various steps so that other people may be able to use my experience to help them in a similar struggle.
Why is Italian bureaucracy like playing a role playing game?
Because attempting to get something done at a public office is like being on a quest, one that may seem simple at first. You have one goal, let’s say to slay a dragon and save the kingdom. But before you can slay the dragon, you need to find the proper sword. And to get the sword, you need to first find the right potion that the sword-keeper wants for a barter. And the adventure goes on and on. In the end, however, you’ve had quite an experience and you can be pleased with the fact that you’ve worked hard for what you have accomplished.