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Di solito mi alzo alle sette.

Sono solito alzarmi alle sette.

I'm assuming their meanings amount to virtually the same, but I wonder if they carry any nuance?

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Sono entrambe espressioni idiomatiche il cui significato è lo stesso, e generalmente esprime un’azione o un fatto che avvengono con regolarità e/o consuetudine. Direi che “di solito” ha un uso più colloquiale di “essere solito”.

Solito:

Nella loc. Essere solito, solere (seguito da un verbo all'infinito presente preceduto o no dalla prep. di): è solito alzarsi presto la mattina; sono solito leggere il giornale dopo pranzo; erano soliti di fare una partita a carte.

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Di solito, per solito, per il solito, solitamente, secondo la consuetudine, abitualmente, generalmente: di solito a quest'ora è sempre in casa; in questo paese, per solito, non piove mai.

(Hoepli)

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    Remember that the OP asked the question in English, so an answer in the same language is expected.
    – Charo
    Jun 2 '18 at 8:01
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    @Charo - yes, but since OP is asking about the nuance between two similar expressions, it appears they are quite familiar with the Italian language, so the question is: why does the OP ask the question about the Italian language in English? Overall I think we should promote the usage of Italian over other languages on this site.
    – user519
    Jun 2 '18 at 8:53
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    I agree with Gio: one whose knowledge of Italian is so good to appreciate these nuances and wonder about them might be able to understand an answer in Italian about them.
    – DaG
    Jun 2 '18 at 8:58
  • Well, I have always tried to encourage Italian learners to write their questions in Italian as a good language exercise but it seems that some users find more comfortable expressing themselves in English.
    – Charo
    Jun 2 '18 at 9:18
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    It's a very old meta question, but the community consensus seems to be that it is recommended to answer in the same language in which the question is asked. If you wish to argue against this practice, you are invited to discuss it in meta. Jun 3 '18 at 12:16

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