Expat Guide to Living in Italy
Whether you're already living in Italy or preparing to move to Italy, our Expat Guide to Living in Italy offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Italy. For answers to specific questions, visit our Italy Forum to talk with expats in Italy.
Expats in Milan live in a city that is the financial and economic hub of Italy. Find information about life in Milan, the Milanese people, whether or not you need to speak Italian and more.
Expats moving to Italy envision a romantic lifestyle in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. However, it is important to make sure that you do comprehensive research and fully understand what it will mean to move to the city, town or village you choose.
Expats in Italy discuss the pros and cons of living in Italy. From bureaucracy to expensive cities, Italy can be a challenge. Most expats find that the amazing food, charming countryside, beautiful beaches and public healthcare make up for the cons.
Avvocato Carlo Bottino offers an overview of the Italian property buying process and related legal considerations. Expats interested in buying property in Italy should understand the steps - and hire an Italian lawyer!
An experienced expat provides amazing insight into life in Florence, and how unpredictable the settling in process can be - even for someone who has lived all over the world! From the beautiful countryside to struggling with the health care system, read about the experience of moving to Florence, Italy.
An expat in Vincenza, Italy offers a quick glimpse of his impression of life in Northern Italy.
An expat who retired in Minturno, Italy says the people there are the most welcoming, friendly and accepting group she has ever met. She appreciates the low cost of living, beautiful weather, history and culture of Minturno.
Many people come to study in Bologna, Italy and end up staying and living in Bologna. People in Bologna are typically well educated and career oriented. They are generally accepting of people from other cultures and religions, but may not interact with them.
One expat in Parma, Italy says that finding a good apartment takes connections. She also wishes she had left behind some of her extra furniture, because it doesn't fit in her apartment.
An expat who retired in Minturno, Italy talks about health insurance, cost of living in Italy, residence permits and much more.
More Culture Shock Reports for Italy
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Italy handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Italy:
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More Living in Italy Reports
What are people's priorities in Italy - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Italy:
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More Moving to Italy Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Italy? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Italy? Below are some of the responses from expats in Italy:
Reviews of Schools in Italy
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Italy. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Italy:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Italy Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Italy. If you are already living in Italy, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Italy:
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Retiring in Italy Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Italy, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Italy:
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Having a Baby in Italy Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Italy? Below are some of the reports from expats in Italy:
Working in Italy Reports
What's it like to find a job in Italy? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Italy? Below are some of the reports from expats in Italy:
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7 Tips for Obtaining Residency in Italy
Expats share their experiences obtaining residency in Italy. They discuss the ins and outs of the applying for the permesso di soggiorno, recent travel issues, permanent residency in Italy and more.
8 Tips for Living in Turin, Italy
Expats in Turin, Italy share advice for people moving to Turin. From the reality that life in Italy is challenging, to the fact that most apartments come without kitchens and should be negotiated for as part of your rent, expats constantly stress that you should be prepared what awaits you in this city in Northern Italy.