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.
Italy is beloved by expats, global nomads and retirees. We've compiled a list of the 12 best places to live in Italy based upon expats' recommendations. They include Liguria, Puglia, Rome, Le Marche, Abruzzo, Sicily and more.
Liguria, Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera, is a stunning coastal region spanning from Tuscany to the French border. In Liguria you will find mild temperatures and a relaxed lifestyle. If you're thinking about moving here, our list of the 10 best places to live in Liguria is based upon expat advice and recommendations.
Piedmont (in Italian: Piemonte) is an expansive region in Northern Italy that borders Switzerland and France. This is a region of great variety - you will find everything from small hilltop towns to cosmopolitan cities set against the snow-capped Alps. If you're thinking about moving to Piedmont, check out our list of the 7 best places to live in Piedmont, which is based upon advice and recommendations from expats already there.
If you're moving to Rome, our Guide to Living in Rome provides answers to the questions most often asked by newcomers. Is living in Rome expensive? Which are the best International Schools in Rome? What if my apartment is a little smaller than the size required for obtaining a Residency Card? Where do expats live in Rome? The list goes on.
Imagine traveling in Italy, seeing a poster for an concert on a lake, attending the concert and finding a beautiful town, like Passignano sul Trasimeno. Dreams do come true!
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.
An expat talks about living in Perugia, Italy where locals aren't glued to their cell phones and family values are important. He also talks about the challenges of learning the language, obtaining a drivers license and more.
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 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.
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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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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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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Why is Puglia described as the new Tuscany? People are drawn to Puglia's low cost of living, amazing climate, beautiful beaches hidden away in coves, and, most importantly, the wonderful Pugliese people. If Puglia is on your shortlist, this overview of life in Puglia, Italy is an essential read.
10 Best Places to Live in Puglia
Puglia or Apulia is sometimes referred to as the new Tuscany. With its low cost of living, friendly Pugliese people, beautiful beaches and villages of whitewashed homes, Puglia is a hidden gem among expats. If you're thinking about moving to Puglia, our list of the 10 best places to live in Puglia is based upon expat advice and recommendations.
Healthcare in Italy
An overview of the healthcare system in Italy - public and private hospitals, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), getting your Tessera Sanitaria (healthcare card), vaccinations for Italy, prescription medication availability and more.
5 Expat Moms Talk about Having a Baby in Italy
5 expat moms offer candid insight into what it's like giving birth in Italy - from bringing towels and toilet paper with you to the hospital to being refused pain medication. And, like most advice in Italy, word of mouth is the best way to find a good OB/GYN.
Expat Banking: Tips for Expats in Italy
All expats in Italy face managing their finances while living there, and that always starts with finding a bank. Here are some tips from expats already living in Italy based on their actual experiences with banks there.
Top 6 Cities in Italy for Expat Jobs
Finding an expat job in Italy can be challenging. Here are 6 cities in Italy where expats have been able to find a job and live their expat dream.
Expats in Italy: 8 Tips For Living in Milan
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.
Moving to Italy: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Italy
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: Pros and Cons of Living in Italy
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.
Buying Property in Italy
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!
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.
Retiring in Italy: The 7 Best Places to Retire in Italy
Italy's villages and cities appeal to retirees for many different reasons - the beautiful beaches, breathtaking countryside, amazing food, wonderful nightlife, bustling town markets and welcoming people. In this article, we cover several of our readers' favorite places.
The Italian Inheritance Process
Talking about inheritance is not an easy task due to the very nature and complication of the Italian Law. Giandomenico De Tullio of De Tullio Law Firm discusses Italian inheritance.
5 Great Places to Retire in Western Europe
We asked expats about great places to retire in Western Europe. While many Western European countries have prohibitively high living costs, there are a few areas that fit the retirement bill. These are some of the recommendations!
10 Tips for Living in Italy
Italy is a dream destination for many, but some expats have difficulty adjusting to the rustic Italian lifestyle. Expats share their top tips for living in Italy.