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Expat Guide to Living in Florence

Whether you're already living in Florence or preparing to move to Florence, our Expat Guide to Living in Italy offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Florence. For answers to specific questions, visit our Italy Forum to talk with expats in Florence.

Expats Italy: 5 Tips for Living in Florence, Italy

A beloved tourist destination known for its art and architecture, expats in Florence have mixed reviews of living in Florence.

Moving to Florence, Italy

An expat shares tips for moving to Florence. She wishes she hadn't brought so many heavy suitcases, because clothing and shoes are less expensive there. The cost of living in Florence is much higher than her home town.

Culture Shock in Florence, Italy

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.

Culture Shock in Florence, Italy

An expat who splits his year between Florence and Miami discusses expat life in Florence. Like many other cultures, Italians are very proud of their culture and nation. He says that the key to acceptance is to avoid bragging about how things are done differently in your home country. In time, he says that your Italian acquaintances will ask you many questions about your home country.

More Culture Shock Reports for Florence

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Florence handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Florence:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Florence - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Florence by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Florence Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Florence? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Florence? Below are some of the responses from expats in Florence:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Florence

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Florence. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Florence:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Florence Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Florence. If you are already living in Florence, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Florence:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

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 Florence by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Florence? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Florence by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Florence Reports

What's it like to find a job in Florence? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Florence? Below are some of the reports from expats in Florence:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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