On Thursday, November 5, Gia Giudice, 19, and Milania, 15, arrived in Rome, and their dad was there at the airport waiting for them with open arms. Just before the girls arrived, Joe admitted he was nervous. He explained to his Instagram followers, “I’m having anxieties over here, waiting for my kids to get out.”
As fans well know, after a long, hard-fought battle in immigration court, including three appeals, Joe was ultimately deported back to his native country of Italy in October of last year. Soon after, his entire family, including his now ex-wife and star of RHONJ, Teresa Giudice, and his four daughters, visited him in Italy, but he hasn’t been able to see them face-to-face since. The COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for the delayed reunion.
The girls apparently experienced a few setbacks before they arrived as Joe explained the authorities had his girls in “jail” for a period of time.
“They got them in a little jail waiting for their flight; it got changed for some quarantine purposes. It’s ridiculous!” he said. “Travel nowadays, it’s ridiculous.”
Due to the pandemic, there are many travel restrictions in Italy and only essential travel is permitted. Fortunately for Joe and the girls, visiting relatives who happen to be Italian citizens is considered essential.
Judging by the photos the girls and their proud dad have shared on their Instagram accounts, they do not seem to be too bothered by their travel issues, and they are extremely excited to be in the presence of their father. The three appear to be having a blast while sightseeing in Rome with Joe acting as their tour guide. Gia looks extremely happy as she laughs in a video she shared to her Instagram Stories that shows Joe helping with her luggage. Meanwhile, Milania has posted a sweet picture with her dad.
Joe also shared photos of his mom, Filomena Giudice, with his daughters.
As of right now, it appears Joe’s two other daughters, Gabriella, 17, and Audriana, 11, elected to stay back in New Jersey with Teresa. It’s unclear if they also plan to make the trip in the coming days or weeks. Teresa has yet to comment on Gia and Milania’s time in Italy.
Joe and Teresa finalized their divorce in September, so it’s important to note that this is the first time Gia and Milania have seen their father as a single man. Joe is reportedly dating an Italian attorney and there’s no word yet on whether or not he plans to introduce his girls to his new love. This also marks the first time Joe’s been able to see Gia’s new nose in the flesh after publicly admitting that he didn’t initially approve of his daughter going under the knife for an elective, nose job procedure.
As they say in Italy, “Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto!” Translation: Eat well, laugh often, love much.