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aratal posted Lonely in Livorno on the Italy forum on August 27, 2014:
Ciao tutti! I moved here from Portland, Oregon last September to live with my husband in Livorno. It's been a rough year, as I haven't made any friends as of yet, and could have been studying a bit more diligently to speak Italian. My husband speaks fluent English and we can't manage to converse in Italian on a regular basis - concepts that I want to express just get too complicated for my level. I work at home for an American company, so I stay at home a lot. Anyone here living in Livorno at the moment? We've been having such gorgeous weather and I'd love to go out and actually enjoy it over gelato with someone.
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arjacey replied to the thread What's Next? An introduction... on the Italy forum on August 26, 2014:
arjacey initially posted:
Firstly, apologies to anyone who has already seen this post elsewhere but the more information we can get, the better.... We have spent the last 7 year's summers in the Ionian Islands and are now starting to plan our next move. On the way here, in May of this year, we spent a month driving around parts of Italy (Tuscany and south) that might be of interest. I knew Tuscany a little so we spent some time near Bagni di Lucca before moving on to Magliano in Toscana, near Grosetto, Roma, Calabria (San Nicola and Longobardi), Puglia (near Lecche), the Gargano, Abruzzo (Calascio) and Umbria (near Fabro). In all the places we visited, we met some lovely and helpful people, stayed in fantastic, and sometimes quirky, accommodation courtesy of AirBnB, but felt immediately at home in Umbria and particularly spending time shopping in Fabro Scalo and the wine bar in Monte Giove. We would love to be in Italy next year, taking maybe a six month minimum rental near Fabro somewhere, but first we have to sell our boat here (which is our Greek home). Anyway, there is so much research to do and so much else to consider. As I said, we've been in Greece for a while so we expect 'challenges' similar to those here and are looking forward to the culture, not just the art, food and wine, but also the general way of life. We don't expect to be on an extended holiday, we do want to live in Italy and would maybe consider a permanent move at some stage. We're shortly going to begin looking for a 4 week rental in that area starting around mid-October (2014) so we can do more exploration, make sure that this really is the place for us and find out more of the detail of rental and living in Italy. We won't be looking for much, a one or two bedroom apartment with some decent living space maybe, but country location might be nice. I love cooking but am coming to terms with Italian kitchens in rental properties, so a good kitchen would be nice but I have low expectations. I think heating, which was missing in most places in May and was needed on some occasions, would be a necessity also. As I will be working, the ability to connect to the internet, not necessarily a provided connection, but network coverage for one of the Italian providers, would be good although we know this is sometimes difficult in out of the way places. If anyone knows of such a place, let me know .... ....and if anyone has details of the expat community around that area (Città della Pieve, possibly) and could let me know how to get it touch, that would be good also. We met some people who told us this existed, I think there is a newspaper, but we took no details and haven't been able to find any information on the Internet. We have a much longer wish list for our longer term rental, of which we know we won't get everything. But more of that when we are closer to moving... Thanks for listening... Grazie Mille Ciao
arjacey replied on August 26, 2014 with:
TheresaIT replied on August 21, 2014 with:
I am not technologically prone, so don't know the correct name, but I purchased what might be considered a "hot spot" 14.4 USB "adapter" for my computer when in Torino. Granted, it wasn't the country, but I was able to get reliable Internet service everywhere, despite difficulties with WiFi in the apartment I was renting. The one I have is a TIM. I am also self-employed and need reliable Internet. This was a God send.
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whidden39 replied to the thread Dental and Eye Care on the Italy forum on August 25, 2014:
whidden39 initially posted:
Does the Health Care system for Italian citizens include any type of benefit for dental or eye exams and/or treatments? Are prescription eyeglasses paid fully by the patient?
whidden39 replied on August 25, 2014 with:
Niente! That's easy to remember. Thanks!
dprombaum replied on August 25, 2014 with:
"Does the Health Care system for Italian citizens include any type of benefit for dental or eye exams and/or treatments? Are prescription eyeglasses paid fully by the patient?" No coverage for dental and eye exams. You pay for prescription glasses.
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steffi14 replied to the thread Buying a car in Italy on the Italy forum on August 25, 2014:
steffi14 initially posted:
Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help me with the process in buying and registering and insuring a car in Italy. I will be moving there permanently in the Spring. I already have residency but have read about the process and am a bit confused. I will probably purchase from a dealership however in everything I have read it states that the insurance needs to be in place prior to taking the car. If this true? What if I am not sure which car I want to buy until I get to a particular dealership? After I pay for the car will the dealer give me the paperwork and then I can take it to an office of the automobile club near my home to purchase insurance? Please someone help
steffi14 replied on August 25, 2014 with:
Thank You for your sharing your experience, it will help me a lot.
stefanaccio replied on August 24, 2014 with:
I am in AIRE and bought a car a couple years back. The dealership wanted to see my Italian ID card in order to buy the car. Then they gave me paperwork which I took to insurance company and I purchased the insurance. The car dealerships do this all the time and it will not be a problem. My insurance is with Allianz; I found a great deal of variability ranging from 750 euros or so to over 2000 euros (liability only). It pays to look around...
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TheresaIT replied to the thread Move - What to Bring? on the Italy forum:
Imodica initially posted:
Does anyone have any suggestions of what to bring with you when moving from US to Italy for one year? Going to have a furnished apt in each place we stay until we decide on a final destination.
TheresaIT replied on August 23, 2014 with:
Thank you for taking the time! This is, indeed, a fantastic summary!
Sergios replied on August 22, 2014 with:
What a fantastic summary. Thank you for that.
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amanzini replied to the thread Mattress Sizes in Italy on the Italy forum on August 22, 2014:
amanzini initially posted:
Can someone interpret the Italian size of what we call in the US "King Size" and in Italy "Matrimoniale". I have looked at for reference, but what I have seen does not make sense.
amanzini replied on August 22, 2014 with:
Thank you!
maluza86 replied on August 22, 2014 with:
Good info already posted, but check this website out as well: This is pretty accurate from what I've seen here: An Italian "matrimoniale" bed is 180-190 cm wide and 200 cm long, or 72"-74" wide and 78" long. American queen bed is 60" x 80"; American king is 76" x 80".
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TonyB01 posted Bike Guides & Area Manager Wanted in or near Siena on the Italy forum on August 18, 2014:
Looking for part time bike guides and an area manager to run local operations for a US self-guided bike tour company. Work is seasonal and part time. Could be ideal for an expat. Contact me for more details.
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susanbomba replied to the thread Need any help in Milan, Italy? on the Italy forum:
SandraA initially posted:
Italian teacher is available at weekends to accompany you in sightseeing Milan and the sorroundings, shopping in famous streets, advising you for the best solutions during your staying in Milan. Eventually, I can host in the living room where there is a couch but just for a short staying and just for women. I live 15 km from Milan
susanbomba replied on August 13, 2014 with:
This is wonderful I found you, Sandra. My husband and will be visiting Milan in early October and are seeking a person familiar with the city to help us sightsee the city. I am very hard of hearing so have been seeking a person who can help me "see the sights" and is patient with my hearing problem. How much do you charge per hour? Can you provide advice on what hotel is nice but not too expensive?
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need an English speaking personal guide in Milan, Lake Como and Venice.
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JohnWare replied to the thread College Tuition Cost on the Italy forum:
porkchopusn initially posted:
My daughter wants to go to college in Italy for one year. I would like to accompany her and share an apartment with her while she is in school. Does anyone know what the cost of tuition would be and how difficult it would be for her to get in a school? She does not speak Italian.
JohnWare replied on August 13, 2014 with:
Hi, my daughter spent a year over in Rome and I just finished my doctorate in Padua. You didn't say whether she'll be an exchange student from a US college or registering over there, but the costs are relatively equal to American schools. An expat undergrad tuition will run you anywhere between $2700 to $10K, depending on the school. Living expenses in Rome would be about $3000 per month for both of you in a decent apartment in Rome, food, transportation and other essentials.
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