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Jergirl replied to the thread how long can I stay in Italy? on the Italy forum on March 26, 2015:
johnbrad initially posted:
I've been looking in the Forum but have not been able to tell if I can stay for 90 days and like leave for a week and come back for 90 days... I'd like to spend six months in Italy next year Thank you
Jergirl replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Me too, I would like to understand this. It looks like there is not a set algorithm for this, having read all the threads. I found this helpful, and makes the most sense to me: Especially this statement: "For non-Schengen citizens, you’re allowed entry into the Area for 90 days within any 180-day period. These days don’t need to be consecutive—the total is cumulative. Once day 181 hits, the count resets itself."
Paminusa replied on March 26, 2015 with:
The best way to calculate it is to know how many days you have been in the Schengen area in the last 180 days. Whether you are there 90 days staight or in smaller pieces, if you have been visiting for more than 90 days, you are in violation. I made an Excel sheet to keep count of my husbands days in order to keep a running total. There are many ways and opinions on how to count the days, but this one will keep you out of trouble. If you stay 90 days straight, you will have to leave for 90 days before going back.
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Imodica replied to the thread renting in italy on the Italy forum on March 25, 2015:
landscapelover initially posted:
As we begin searching for our first home in Italy, I wanted to make sure we are talking apples and oranges and not take our American norms for granted. What is "normal" when renting in Italy. For example are utilities normally covered by the landlord or the renter? what is a reasonable security deposit ? Does the landlord perform repairs or the renter? How welcome are pets? What else am I missing? What length of notice is normal and how far in advance is normal to arrange a rental. in particular I will be looking for a country home with some land in the umbria region. Any advice?
Imodica replied on March 25, 2015 with:
I would be interested in any responses you get. Next year my husband and I plan to rent 4 months in the North, Central and Southern areas to determine where, if any, we plan to settle down.
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LindaAnn replied to the thread Florence or Siena on the Italy forum on March 25, 2015:
samscott53 initially posted:
Ciao, I am planning to spend 4 months in Italy starting June 1, 2015. The main reason is to study Italian. At first, I thought I would stay in Siena. However, I have received advice that Florence may be a better choice for me for two reasons: 1) the schools are cheaper there, perhaps due to competition. Looking at the prices listed on the web sites of a few schools in both locations, this appears to be true. 2) I will probably feel less isolated in Florence. I am 60 years old so I will probably be significantly older than most of the other students. I will probably have to rely more on other expats for a social life and there are many more expats in Florence. On the negative side, I am told that Florence will be very, very crowded and hot and humid in summer and that the local people are not very friendly due to the great numbers of tourist passing through. I would appreciate any comments on the comparison of Siena to Florence. Also, any recommendations for Italian language schools in Florence would also be appreciated. Grazie Sam
LindaAnn replied on March 25, 2015 with:
I have recommended ABC school in florence. I am 53 years old and attended last year for 3 weeks. We had students from 20-70 in my classes. I am returning for 3 more weeks this summer. They can help with rooms or you can use airbnb or acacia firenze.
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whidden39 replied to the thread Property Selling Issues on the Italy forum on March 23, 2015:
cdelaney initially posted:
Good morning everyone! My name is Carrol, I'm Canadian and currently live in Puglia, where I spent the last 17 years working as a freelance english teacher. I now wish to move back to Canada and wish to know about the legal ramifications to selling my property. Can anyone advise?
whidden39 replied on March 23, 2015 with:
I will be on the buying end of the transaction when I purchase property in Puglia -- hopefully later this year. My house in the States is on the market right now. Be sure to let us know something about the property when you are ready to place it on the market.
detulliolaw replied on March 23, 2015 with:
The first stage is to put the property on the market, either directly or though an estate agency. If you are considering appointing an Italian real estate agent, it is important to ensure that the agent is qualified and registered with the local Chamber of Commerce in full compliance with Italian law. Legislation governing real estate agents aims not only to guarantee the professional qualification of real estate agents but also to ensure the agent has compulsory indemnity insurance, which is in the best interests of the client. Should the agent not be registered, he/she could be prosecuted for carrying out a reserved activity and may not be legally entitled to request commission. The estate agent is usually paid commission (Provvigione) both by the buyer and the vendor. Frequently, real estate agents require a foreign seller to sign standard terms of engagement, which should be carefully evaluated before signature. All the more so if the document is drafted in Italian. Once a potential buyer is considering the purchase of your property, the buyer will generally sign a first legally binding document called a “Proposta Irrevocabile d’Acquisto” (Reservation Offer). Often a small depositis made to the seller at this point. The reservation offer should be signed by both buyer and seller. There are also subsequent stages such as: - The drafting of a Preliminary Contract (“Contratto Preliminare di Vendita”). At this stage, the seller must ascertain that all the statements contained in the preliminary contract are true to the best of his/her knowledge, that no false statements have been made, that full disclosure has been given and that the specific enquiries raised by the buyer have been answered truthfully. Usually at this stage, the buyer makes a deposit, ranging from between 10% and 30% of the total sale price of the property. Italian law states that both parties to a prospective transaction must act in good faith. Prior to exchange of a preliminary contract, the seller must provide the buyer or their legal advisers, with copies of all documentation relating to the property, and inform the buyer of any material fact which may affect the buyer’s decision to proceed with searches and the purchase of the property. It is important to ensure that the property complies with any applicable planning and building regulations. Breach of this legislation may result in the annulment of the preliminary contract and the seller may incur hefty penalties. The Public Notary will require the certificate of habitability to draft the deed of sale for the property. Without this certificate, the sale of a property cannot proceed, unless the buyer accepts, in writing, to purchase a property lacking a certificate of habitability. The preliminary contract should reflect all disclosures. Any outstanding payment of taxes should be disclosed as well as any remedied and or unremedied breaches or notices served by relevant authorities. The third and final stage of selling a property in Italy is the completion of the sale. This usually takes place in the offices of a local Public Notary (Notaio). All parties have the legal duty to provide the Public Notary with information regarding the sale price and the real estate agent appointed. This will be included in the Deed of Sale, which is the document that completes the sale. It is drawn up by the Public Notary and is affirmed under oath (Dichiarazione in atto pubblico) by buyer and seller. De Tullio Law Firm.
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Sergios replied to the thread obstacles to retiring in Italy on the Italy forum on March 19, 2015:
Ewoodoff initially posted:
Hi All, I have been hearing that's it's very difficult to get the necessary visa/permission to retire in Italy (we don't have Italian blood). The Italian consulate wrote back to an inquiry of mine about the amount of income necessary to prove - $4000 per month per person. That would mean my husband and I would have to show an income of $8000 a month! This doesn't seem reasonable - is this really adhered to? We would both be retire age and with enough income but not nearly that much. Does anyone have advice?
Sergios replied on March 19, 2015 with:
Sorry. Re- aquire citizenship
Sergios replied on March 19, 2015 with:
What about the middle ground? Former Italian citizens that intend to require their citizenship through residency?
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samscott53 replied to the thread Looking for Italian language school in Siena on the Italy forum:
samscott53 initially posted:
Ciao amici. That about exhausts my knowledge of Italian. I'm planning to spend 3 or 4 months in Italy commencing June 2015 to learn as much Italian as I can. I'm thinking of living in Siena. Can anyone please recommend an Italian language school there. Grazie. Sam
samscott53 replied on March 18, 2015 with:
Thank you for your suggestions. Yes I am a dual citizen. I was planning to do an online course before leaving home, just to get a head start. I considered Florence instead of Siena but I understand from other forums that Florence is very crowded in the summer and much more expensive to live in than Siena. I plan to arrive in Italy at the end of May or very early June and stay until the end of September.
maluza86 replied on March 18, 2015 with:
You may also want to try Babbel, it's a great online course, very fun and easy way to learn...and it very inexpensive! I've been using it consistently for six months and now have a pretty good grasp on Italian.
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maluza86 replied to the thread italian tax on pensions on the Italy forum:
crescendo74 initially posted:
my husband and i have income which consists of u.s. social security and pensions from work for the state of alaska and state of Hawaii, plus IRA withdrawals. 1. are these taxed in Italy? If so can i get credit against us. taxes. I know i could get credit against u.s. taxes for income earned and taxed in italy, but what about U.s. pensions taxed in italy? what about the IRA withdrawals. Is money held in IRAs without being withdrawn subject to Italian asset tax? What percentage. Who can i contact near Genova to answer these questions??
maluza86 replied most recently with:
I've used a company called Taxes for Expats the last several years and they are very reasonable and do a great job.
detulliolaw replied most recently with:
In compliance with the International Convention on Double Taxation of August 25th 1999 between USA and Italy, all pensions are only taxable-on in the relevant issuing country. The same thing applies to IRA withdrawals,whichcan only be taxed in the U.S. Hope this helps, Giandomenico.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Torino, Italy
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Please find out as much as you can about what life is really like there. See apartments of people - coworkers - so you can see how they really live. It takes hours to do a tiny load of laundry. While it is running, don't turn on any other appliance or you'll blow your fuses. And you may have to air dry that laundry all over your apartment because it rains for 3 days straight. You can hear all the neighbors all the time. And the ones across the street. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I know this thread is several years old, but I just want to say that as a fellow American I am so embarrassed by this post. It is this kind of attitude that creates the "ugly American" stereotype. Not all of us are this unwilling to adjust our expectations and resistant to opening up to a new culture (and perhaps even learning something valuable from it).
A reader replied recently with:
This review is very objective and we should be thanking the reviewer for taking the time providing reputable observations. Those of you who are from Turin have merely biased opinions and most likely haven't worked nor have had businesses in many other cities other than Rivoli or Settimo. Since I have lived and worked in many other EU cities, many of which I prefer even over N. American cities, Torino is definitely at the bottom of the list. That said, Torino, where I have lived for more than six years, is probably one of the least places you should consider living in Italy. It even gets worse if you have to work or do business. Between the greed, incompetent private and public services, criminality (tax evasion and perpetual corruption), it's difficult to see more than doom and gloom for the Piemontese capital unless you are in the money laundering business. If coming to Italy is absolutely necessary you would be wise choosing a destination in the Northeast.
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