unnamedHelen is the writer (and occasional brain) behind Truly, Madly, Italy. She hails originally from Cornwall, England, where she trained as an actor. She spent 10 years in Dublin, working in acting, voiceover and the occasional office, where she wrote a couple of children’s plays (outside office hours, of course..) and the writing bug was born. She met and married an Italian, ‘Mr M’, and they moved to his home-town, Frosinone (South East of Rome) in December 2013. Since then, she has been blogging her attempts to make-like-an-Italian. It’s a work-in-progress.

She is studying la bella lingua Italiana, and shares the (painful) process of doing so, whilst offering up top-tips and useful resources for other learners. On a more general front, she tries to elucidate the often-complex and contradictory reality of Italian life, for would-be expats, and anyone with an interest in Italy.She also hopes to make you giggle, ah go on, you know you want to. We’re a very long way from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ but if you’re interested in the language, the food, the characters, the social norms and daily challenges of expat life, you’ve come to the right place.

427730_10150687465045639_352857012_nWhen she’s not waxing lyrical/whining about the Italians, she records voiceovers – that’s narration, audiobooks, e-learning, commercials etc. from her very sunny home studio.

Read all about her vocal escapades and listen to her dulcet tones at:  Helen’s voiceover page

She is delighted to have you visit, (she’s just made a fresh pot of tea!) do feel free to comment and question, there’s nothing she enjoys more than a good ol’ chat.

Dimmi! : helen@trulymadlyitaly.com


  1. Hi Helen
    First, thanks for the follow; we really appreciate it
    Next, all the power to ya for trying the Italian stuff. When we first looked at ;possible expat destinations for early retirement we read somewhere they make you take a written Italian test and classes just to get a residency visa so we immediately dismissed that as never happening. I am married to a Chinese Canadian for 14 years and speak about four words, all deragatory; lol
    Rob and Diane

    • Hey Rob & Diane, delighted to have stumbled across your blog (well done on the wordpress feature, brilliant) sure sounds like you’ve an exciting time ahead. Yes, Italy isn’t a walk in the park, but for me the official part was simple, being married to an Italian; I can’t imagine the bureaucracy involved for non-Eu residents – even the simplest of things require a huge amount of work and systems are antiquated here 😦 I just wrote an article for Life Beyond Borders (you should get in touch with Bex, she features articles by expats) where I touched on some of the ‘antiquities’ of Italy; it really can be tough for those of us used to er, the internet?! http://www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com/a-new-life-in-italy-guest-post/
      Wishing you guys best of luck in the next chapter, looking forward to reading more.

      • Hi Helen
        Thanks for the comment. We just watched a fascinating three part PBS documentary on “the Italian Americans ” I learned a lot of thins I didn’t know. I grew up in a neighborhood in Brooklyn that was mostly Italian but last night I read an article that the Chinese have taken up as the primary residents now. Funny. I’d really love to make it to Italy some day and we probably will. But not to live. Cheers !!

  2. Hi Helen…..love the name of your blog….just like that movie “Truly, Madly, Deeply!” LOVE that movie. LOVE your blog too!!!! Look forward to more!

    • You’re the first to spot that connection Diana! It just rolled off the tongue one day and I was delighted- as madness is definitely a part of this crazy country!! Thanks for reading 🙂

    • Liz, I really appreciate the nomination! I’ll be honest I may not make the time to participate as I’m really busy with various projects at the moment, but I’m so glad you enjoy reading, and it’s super to make connections with other expats. I too need a good 8 hours sleep a night by the way…!

    • Whoop whoop, thanks a million! Looking forward to reading your blog, and finding out more about the liebster award 🙂

  3. I love your voice here, you have a new fan! It’s inspirational to me as I will be updating my “About” page in the coming weeks (again). Now I’m off to read more of your work! 🙂

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