What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Passignano sul Trasimeno
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
I wish I had brought: 1) dried dill; 2) shredded coconut; 3) some books in English. I wished I had left: 1) lots more clothing; 2) misc. household items easily bought here; 3) six or eight pairs of shoes.
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
As far as the actual move, pair down to two suitcases per person. Ditch or store the rest. Don't drag it around. AirB&B's allow you to rent for 29 days. After that, the owner must have a legal rental agreement. Short-term rentals in fully furnished apartments allow you to live several places to see how you like it. Choose places close to stores, train stations, bus lines. If you do find a charming old house up on a hill, be careful if it's too remote. Unfortunately, remotely located houses can be targets for robberies. I know some people who built their dream home and have been robbed 5 times while away. If you don't speak Italian, you're in trouble. Finding community, especially a community of like-minded English speakers is difficult in most cities in Italy. Facebook pages are the best way to connect.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
A mansarda, attic apartment. We know some expats who have bought "rustico" homes and embarked on extensive, and expensive, remodels. Others purchased apartments. We are renting a cheap apartment, but it is too small, too noisy, and are hoping to find something better.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
On accident, really. We were in Perugia in an AirB&B. We noticed a poster for a concert on Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno. We went, and were charmed with Passignano sul Trasimeno. We found an apartment and moved.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Housing prices vary a great deal. A decent apartment can be had for 130,000 euros. Homes in the Umbria region though are disappointingly high priced. We've seen places for over 200,000 euros that needed extensive remodeling and repair. Rome and Naples and Florence are higher priced. The other factor is there are many homes that have poor lighting, no fly screens on the windows, very hard water that clogs pipes, and mold problems. It's hard to find a modern-designed home like you'd easily find in any town in the US.
Out of curiosity...why has no one on this site used a lawyer to sue for their JS? We have used one for several reasons, the largest being my husband's family "ducks" were difficult to put in their row. We also had to sue under his Mom's side, also for those "ducks" not getting into line.
Yes, it was expensive, it has taken about 5 years but we also have people on the ground in Italy, that are Native Speakers and are experienced Citizenship.
We are able to ask questions and track the case on the Italian Court website.
It seems as if this would eliminate all the uncertainty most people have seeking their citizenship.
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Additional Citizenship Questions
I read through the great writeup that MarcosM did on a previous thread about citizenship. I too will do the JS useing my GF, F, ME line. I do have two additional questions-
I thought that only if you DO NOT fly directly into Italy that you need to make your presence at the Police station and tell them why you are there for JS and you may need to stay longer than the 90day allowed OR do you have to go to Police station regardless if you fly into Italy direct? I know if you fly into Italy they stamp your American passport but even if I fly direct to Italy I must go to Police Station? Which one is it?
Before Residence is allowed you need your Permit to stay? - Permesso de Soggiorno?
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When we move to Italy we will already have obtained our (the Royal OUR) citizenship and passports, we have been looking at property and, hopefully, will have all of our ducks in the proverbial row. The one sticking point is that I am on SSDI and have been for several years, are there any tips for how to have that designation continue once we have relocated? Thanks!
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