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A Love Letter to Italy

Ciao, my name is Carmela, the creator of Bellissimamma. I am a Filipina expat mom living in Italy with my husband and two little boys. This post is part of the Dolce Bloggers Monthly Link-up.

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Do you remember when we used to write letters to our friends? My friends and I used to write to each other every day. (We did not have smart phones back then.) We used scented stationery paper and end our messages with acronyms of names of countries, such as J.A.P.A.N. (Just Always Pray at Night), I.N.D.I.A. (I Nearly Died in Adoration), and C.H.I.N.A. (Come Here I Need Affection). My favorite one was I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You). What used to be a corny acronym written at the end of 1990s love letters is now a real promise from one mother to another.

Last year, my family left the Philippines to live in Italy. I am writing this letter to Italy, our new home.

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My Love Letter To Italy

Cara Italia 🇮🇹,

Mamma Italia, my adoptive mother, thank you for welcoming us into your family. I trust that we made the right decision to raise our children in your home. You promised me that you will respect my linguistic human rights to speak my native tongue, as you patiently teach me to speak the language of your people. I trust that you will educate your grandchildren, Leon and Lucas, with the knowledge of your history and your culture, and that they will grow up with a multicultural mindset and a global perspective.

ItalySiena, Italy


Mamma Italia, I love your majestic beauty that greets me every morning. Every day, I wake up seeing your glorious face. You welcome me with your warm embrace. I promise not to take your love for granted.

Siena, Italy

I love that my children can freely and safely play in your backyard. They can run and climb and enjoy the great outdoors and breathe your fresh air. We promise to respect and take care of your natural beauty.

Siena, Italy

I love listening to the stories of your youth. Thank you for showing me your precious treasures from the past. We promise to respect your history and your culture.


The Filipino word “itali” means “to tie” or “to bind”. From now on, our lives are bound to each other. Mi fido e ti amo.











Grazie mille, Kelly, Jasmine, and Kristie, the hosts of Dolce Vita Bloggers, for this month’s topic: “A Love Letter To Italy”.


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Hannah Carmela is the creator of Bellissimamma. She is a mama with a mission: to uplift, empower, and validate women by sharing her stories of self-love and joyful motherhood.


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  1. What a beautiful way to think about your love for Italy. I really adore all the references to what it gives you and how you will respect them. This is a lovely post Hannah. How interesting as well that ‘Itali’ is to tie or bind you to something. Fate maybe?? Kxx

    1. Thank you Kristie! Yes I think it is fate…it’s meant to be! <3

  2. I love your acronym sign offs, I didn’t catch it at first but your Italy one is perfect! How cool is it that where you chose to live means to bind in your native language – you are forever bound to Italy and you have so much respect for the country. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Grazie Mille, Signorina Britta! <3

  3. I really enjoyed this! It’s a give and take and I think Italy will be a great experience for your children!

    1. Grazie Mille, Calabrisella Mia! <3

  4. Hannah, first off, beautiful photos! Can I just steal your children? Haha, second, what I loved most about your post was how it read more like wedding vows almost. Many of our letters were one-sided, addressed to Italy, but I liked how you made promises to her in return. Thanks for being a Dolce Vita Blogger, so happy to have you with us.

    1. Thank you so much, Jasmine! <3 Yes you may steal my kids! Ha! <3 Happy to be part of your amazing linky!

  5. Great post and beautiful blog!

    1. Thank you so much!

  6. Love the meaning of “Itali” in Filipino! That can’t be a coincidence 😉 And of course your acronym for Italy <3 I think all relationships need a mutual trust and love…I love how you expressed this! And thank you so much for joining us!

  7. That’s a lovely dedication to Italy. I hope your children grow to appreciate it like you do.

    1. Thank you so much. I really hope so too!

  8. Man, this makes me want to visit Italy!

    1. Yes, Italy is a must-see! <3

  9. I love this!! I am half Italian and cannot wait to take our children to visit 🙂 XOXO

    1. Grazie Mille! 🙂 Your kids will surely enjoy it here.

  10. Cassandra says:

    So sweet! Thank you for sharing this ode to Italy and a bit of your past. <3

  11. OMG, I’m moved…I can honestly tell you that many Italians don’t have the same kind of respect that you have for this country.
    Lettera bellissima, thank you very much for your words <3


    1. Thank you so much Fkasara! 🙂

  12. This post made me smile. I love the acronyms and how the genuine love you have for Italy. Beautifully written.

    1. Grazie mille, Emily!

  13. I have never been to Italy, but it sounds like such a beautiful place. I love that you have memories of writing on scented stationary 🙂

    1. Yes, scented stationery… #nostalgia <3

  14. I enjoyed reading this so much! Thank you for sharing your love for Italy. This was written so beautifully!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Michelle! <3

  15. Love this post! Love the way your expressed yourself about your new land and where your kids will be spending their time while they grow. Love the acronym sign offs too. Very creative!

    1. Grazie Mille, Angie! <3

  16. such a beautiful letter as an expat in Italy. I love all your thoughts <3

    1. Grazie mille, Jamie! <3

  17. Absolutely an awesome post and I really love to read this so worth it. Glad that you share this

    1. Thank you Angela! That’s so nice of you. Will visit your blog!

  18. This is absolutely gorgeous, I endeavour to go back to Italy and truly experience it properly!

    1. Yes, please go back! Savor the experience. Thanks for the comment!

  19. “The Filipino word “itali” means “to tie” or “to bind“…. LOVE THIS!!! And I loved your approach to this topic!!!! So unique!!! Beautiful!!!

    1. Thank you Angela! <3 I am touched.

  20. Ooohhh I just went to 🇮🇹 Italy… took me there with your beautiful blog post! Thanks for sharing mama!

    1. Thanks, Nicole! <3 Italy is love!

  21. Great post, I enjoyed reading this. you have so much respect for the country, highly appreciable.

    1. Grazie mille, Anjanabhartia!

  22. Memories of childhood writing letters came flooding back to me (I’m a Filipina too). Hope you’re having fun in Italy!

    1. Hello Jaymee, fellow Pinay. It’s great to meet you! Don’t you think those “letter writing days” were the best? <3

  23. What a beautiful read 🙂 Italy is really a gorgeous country and the food is amazing too. And omg, your little one looks so cute 🙂

  24. I enjoy your writing style genuinely enjoying this web site.

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