When I founded Get Italian Citizenship (now called My Italian Story) in 2005, my aim was to provide a service for people seeking to reconnect to their roots in Italy through Italian dual citizenship. Back then, it was just me, my computer and a dream: to help Italian Americans like me reacquaint themselves with their heritage.
Starting in the 1800s, almost 30 million Italians left their homes seeking a better life. Struggling to make ends meet, they sacrificed so that future generations could enjoy the fruits of their hard labor in a land that knew nothing of their customs, culture, language, and was even sometimes openly hostile to them. Often, they congregated en masse in bustling and dirty tenement cities - a far cry from their native Italy. Their work ethic and spirit of community allowed future generations to not only survive, but to thrive. Over time, these immigrants and their families have become the backbone of the United States - their prosperous children and grandchildren have now moved to other communities and have integrated into society at large.
Today's Italian Americans, often three or four generations removed from the motherland, are yearning now more than ever to reacquaint themselves with their heritage. They visit Italy yearly in record numbers, take Italian classes and pass down recipes unaltered from one generation to the next.
The opportunity to obtain Italian dual citizenship presents for today's Italian Americans a real possibility of closing the circle started so many ages ago. As an Italian American dual citizen, I understand the desire to reconnect with Italy. Beyond the sentimental aspects of holding a passport, obtaining Italian dual citizenship also presents very real advantages: unencumbered travel throughout the EU, better employment prospects, affordable education and healthcare, further protection abroad, and the ability to pass on the incredible legacy of Italian heritage to their children.
Today, My Italian Story has grown, and my extensive contacts throughout Italy have made my services even more cost- and time-efficient. But one thing remains the same: honest, excellent consulting and services for all those seeking to rediscover their Italian roots.
Audra de Falco, Founder
Italian dual citizen and translator