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I Trust And Love You: A Love Letter to Italy #DolceVitaBloggers

My Childhood in the Philippines

Hello! I am Mamma Carmela, the writer of Bellissimamma! I am a Filipina expat living in Italy with my husband and two little boys. Thank you for dropping by!

Do you remember the time when we used to write letters to our friends? Those were the good old days. When I was in second grade, my friends and I would write on scented stationery and end our messages with acronyms 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 was I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You). Now, 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. I am writing this letter to Italy, my new home.

A Love Letter To Italy

Dear Italyย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น,









Mamma Italia, my adoptive mother, thank you for welcoming us into your family.ย 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 meย 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
A Promise


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.




Thank you to The #DolceVitaBloggers Hosts Kelly, Jasmine, and Kristieย for this month’s link-up, A Love Letter to Italy!

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43 thoughts on “I Trust And Love You: A Love Letter to Italy #DolceVitaBloggers”

  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

  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!

  3. 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.

  4. Love the meaning of “Itali” in Filipino! That can’t be a coincidence ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

  5. 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


  6. 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!

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