Kacie Burns is an American actor and dancer from Canton, Michigan, who has been documenting her daily adventures in Italy. She moved to Florence, the birth city of Renaissance, which resembles a museum under the sky, after falling in love with her boyfriend Dario on her first solo trip two years ago. Their love blossomed and Kacie is now a proud Florentine, appreciating all the new cultural quirks that come at her.

Kacie is now busy making a series of fun and lighthearted cultural shock videos on her TikTok with each going viral and amassing her a whopping 9.6M likes in total. So let’s see what cultural differences she has spotted between America and Italy below that put living in these two countries in a whole different perspective.

Also, if you’re an American living the Italian dream, be sure to share your experience and hit us in the comment section below!

More info: Tik Tok | KacieBurns.com | Facebook | Twitter

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Asking For The Check

Asking For The Check

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Anna Banana
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5 months ago

Bringing a bill unprompted would be like saying you overstayed your welcome. And anyway, how do they know you won't want another glass of wine?

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#2

Free Healthcare

Free Healthcare

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Asi Bassey
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5 months ago

The beauty of socialised medicine.

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4 Weeks Of Paid Vacation

4 Weeks Of Paid Vacation

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WilvanderHeijden
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5 months ago

Wait until you learn that he can't get fired because his boss had an argument with his wife and he has a lot more paid sickdays than paid vacation.....

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Bored Panda reached out to Kacie Burns, an American actress, dancer, and singer currently living in Florence, Italy who went viral for her fun and lighthearted TikTok videos on cultural quirks of the birthplace of Renaissance. Kacie grew up in Canton, Michigan and moved to NYC when she was 17 for college. In 2018, she decided to take a solo trip to Italy, where she fell in love with the food, the culture, and a boy.

“We were long distance for a year, and then he came to live in NYC on a year-long visa,” Kacie said and added: “I was a professional dancer/actress in NYC, and when COVID shut down my industry, I decided to pursue other big dreams of mine, which were living abroad and traveling—so Dario and I made the move to Italy in January 2021!”

#4

Vouchers From The Government For Food Intolerances

Vouchers From The Government For Food Intolerances

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago

I love her confused expressions. How cute!

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#5

Kids Choose Specialized Highschools To Attend At 13

Kids Choose Specialized Highschools To Attend At 13

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Asi Bassey
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5 months ago

This makes a lot of sense. There’s still some secondary school knowledge I am yet to use.

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#6

Drinking In Public

Drinking In Public

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Why not?

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“I love that now I get to share travel tips, life in Italy, and all the fun and interesting things I learn as an American living here with so many people,” she told us.

When asked about whether she has grown accustomed to the initial culture shocks she experienced after moving to Florence, Kacie said that “other than the 'no-tipping' thing (it still feels very weird to not leave a tip!) I'd say for the most part I've gotten used to them—but I also find new things out everyday that shock me all over again.”

#7

Getting Paid For Honeymoon Leave

Getting Paid For Honeymoon Leave

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YoChicken
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5 months ago

This is just mind blowing honestly

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#8

Some Jobs Provide Lunch Tickets

Some Jobs Provide Lunch Tickets

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

Same in France

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#9

Not Leaving A Tip At A Hair Salon

Not Leaving A Tip At A Hair Salon

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Rolie_polie&people
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5 months ago

Wait whaaaaaaaa

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The social media star and actress assured us that “At the end of the day, though, I love them. Culture differences are so cool and so interesting to learn.”

But there are numerous American things that Kacie really misses. “I love Italian coffee but sometimes I miss walking around and sipping a large to-go American coffee. I used Apple Pay all the time in NYC, but here Apple Pay isn't a thing! 'One-stop shops' like Target and Walmart don't exist here, so I had to adjust to going to multiple stores to get the things I needed.”

#10

Going Out Only If Fully Ready

Going Out Only If Fully Ready

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 months ago

Bella figura :-)

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#11

Looking For A Job Right After School

Looking For A Job Right After School

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

That’s pretty cool. Not everyone does well in school, or even wants that path in life. My college years were a waste and I wish I didn’t have the pressure of having to go.

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#12

Adults Live With Their Parents Until Late Twenties

Adults Live With Their Parents Until Late Twenties

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Pervinca
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5 months ago

If you don't get married or don't have enough money (or simply your family and you like that way) you can even live with them forever. It's not a so rare event

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“Like a true American, I put ranch dressing on everything, and you can't find ranch here (But actually one of my amazing followers sent me an entire box of it! So sweet). And Cheetos... I miss Cheetos so much,” Kacie said.

When asked about the American expat community in Florence, Kacie said that it’s indeed “a great little community here of American expats, which definitely helped make the transition living away from home easier.”

#13

Some Stores Close From 12:30-3:30 Everyday

Some Stores Close From 12:30-3:30 Everyday

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Time to come back later. :)

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#14

Drinking A Lot Of Coffee

Drinking A Lot Of Coffee

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Ask the Finns. They had three BEFORE breakfast.

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#15

Americans Order Water With Ice

Americans Order Water With Ice

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Sofia Monteiro
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5 months ago

Ice in water is very strange...

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It’s no secret that Florence is a cultural playground for the international rich and has been since the 17th and 18th centuries when it was a highlight on the European Grand Tour. Today, the city that’s often called an open-air museum under the sky is loved by international expats, especially fellow Americans.

According to Celeste Oliphant, a luxury property consultant, “Florence has everything that the foreigner wants from Italy: art, culture, food, and the beautiful countryside of Tuscany on its doorstep.” Plus, she says it’s “less intimidating than southern Italy: it’s clean and there is less chaos.”

#16

Having Sick Days

Having Sick Days

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WilvanderHeijden
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5 months ago

Actually, you have as many sick days as you need. Just call in sick and that's it.

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#17

Charging For Water

Charging For Water

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Hans
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5 months ago

Mineral water, that is. You do not get charged for tap water. But if you order "water", you will get some (possibly even rather fancy) spring water.

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#18

Drinking A Glass Of Wine In Middle Of The Day

Drinking A Glass Of Wine In Middle Of The Day

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WilvanderHeijden
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5 months ago

Why wouldn't it be acceptable to drink wine on a Tuesday at 1:00 PM? Next you'll be telling me I can't drink wine on Wednesday at 8:00 AM. I have worked for over 40 years to earn that right.

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Many Americans come to the idyllic city to study and there are more English-speaking education institutions that you could imagine. But due to the covid pandemic, the future of the American students is now unclear as many left and flew back to their home countries for quarantine, where they completed their courses online. The question is whether they will ever return to Florence for studies.

It turns out that the sizable population of American students in the Florence and Tuscany area has a much bigger impact on the region's economy than you could think. According to Fabrizio Ricciardelli, a secretary-treasurer of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI), “An average of 15,000 students are hosted by North American and Australian study abroad programs in the Florence and Prato areas, creating an added value of 200 million euro in expenditures that benefit the region, along with 5,000 jobs.”

#19

It's Ok For Kids To Drink A Small Glass Of Wine

It's Ok For Kids To Drink A Small Glass Of Wine

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Requiem
Community Member
5 months ago

We always drank the foam off our parents and grandparents beers as a kid. I didnt start drinking more until like 35 and than more at 39. Didnt like drinking as a teen so its not like it will cause them to want to get wasted at an early age

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#20

14 Year Old Kids Can Drive Small-Engine Motorcycles And Scooters

14 Year Old Kids Can Drive Small-Engine Motorcycles And Scooters

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Yegramma
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5 months ago

I am from Alberta Canada. At 14, kids can drive a car, a pick-up truck, a motorcycle or scooter. At 14. 😱

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#21

Not Leaving A Tip At A Restaurant

Not Leaving A Tip At A Restaurant

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh, the horrors of minimum livable wages for everyone.

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Try combining losing this all value and putting tourism on hold due to the pandemic, causing economic uncertainties far greater than the region could afford. After all, the number of tourist overnight stays in the city of Florence has been growing over the last years, from 12.2 million in 2012 to roughly 15.8 million in 2019. But according to the recent data, tourist arrivals, including both international and domestic tourists, decreased by roughly 71.5 percent in this city in 2020.

#22

Average Gas Price Is 1.51 Euro Per Liter

Average Gas Price Is 1.51 Euro Per Liter

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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5 months ago

$4.00 a gallon here in the US last time I filled up.

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#23

It's Normal To Have Dinner Later In The Evening

It's Normal To Have Dinner Later In The Evening

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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5 months ago

8 isn’t that late in the evening to me. 8pm is like peak dinner hour in my book.

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#24

It's Common To Eat Every Part Of The Animal

It's Common To Eat Every Part Of The Animal

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Pervinca
Community Member
5 months ago

Ohh, the beef tongue is delicious! We first use it to make broth (with other meats), and then we eat the boiled meats as a second course. (at least in my home)

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#25

Bidet In The Bathroom

Bidet In The Bathroom

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Pervinca
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5 months ago (edited)

I think it's compulsory in Italian houses. It's a struggle when you go abroad and you don't find any (Luckily I think that it is pretty common in other part of south Europe btw). It's like a part of our identity ahahah

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#26

Don't Go Out If Not Fully Ready

Don't Go Out If Not Fully Ready

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Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
5 months ago

I've seen this in the UK as well! As someone from a warm country, I was practically suffering from hypothermia for three years. It was amazing seeing people walking around with wet hair, blue skin, shorts in November and yet somehow manage not to die.

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