That’s right: I’m now recognized as an Italian citizen by birth. My birth certificate sits in the municipal office building in Marano Principato, the small hillside town in the state of Cosenza where my great-grandfather was born in 1890. Mine is a little bit different, since it lists my birthplace as “Madison, USA.” Nevertheless, it confirms that I was born an Italian national residing abroad, and is the culmination of several years of diligent work toward this end. I’m officially a dual citizen.
I’ll be writing more about the journey to citizenship, as well as the trip to Italy (and Switzerland!). Hopefully soon since I pretty much took the month of April off. Stay tuned.