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Expat Advice: Working in Florence, Italy

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Florence

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Tourism, tourism, tourism.

Florence is based on the tourist. At the beginning of the summer months tourism was down and I was in danger of losing my job. My boss had to cut back on my hours for a month because of the lack of tourists.

Career opportunities for outsiders would most likely be in the hotel industry. Working for one of the major hotels in the US first then trying to get transfered overseas is the best way to work the legal way.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

I am a salesperson at the local outdoor market. It's not the most glamorous but it is paying the rent. I got my job through my roomate who works there as well.

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

I don't have a work permit. I wish I did but it's nearly impossible for someone who is not hired by a foreign company or is not a student to attain a work permit.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

I enrolled in a month long Italian class that helped quite a bit. For me, the best way to learn the language has been to live day to day here. Just going to the market or seeing a movie is the best way to learn how the locals speak.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

If you can, get hired by an Italian company or find any other way to attain a work permit before getting here because it will make your life 100% easier.

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USA & EU citizens couple (8 replies)

Hi everyone! I am a USA/EU (Romanian) citizen and my husband is American. We live in USA and we have a son. We are contemplating moving to Italy. Would my husband need a visa to enter Italy in order to apply for the residency permit or not providing i am an EU citizen? If yes, could we all come togeter (which we would prefer) or do i have to be there first and him to come afterwards? Thank you! ?

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DVDs and computers (16 replies)

Hi All, I have a problem; maybe someone can help, or at least shed some light. I brought a FEW VCR tapes with me, and a machine. I plugged it in and the machine went "zzzzt!", some smoke came out, and I put it where it belonged (trash). I brought a lot more DVDs, and they mostly work just fine, whether on the computer or on the DVD player we brought with us. However, one day I wanted to watch the movie "300" (Thermopylae), and it went for about 56 minutes and stopped dead. I had my son buy another and my daughter brought it over last month. Watching it tonight (finally!), it stopped at the EXACT SAME SPOT. It is not possible that two copies stop at the EXACT SAME SPOT. There must be something either: A) in the computer, or B) in the actual disks. I cannot believe that two DVD disks could stop at the EXACT same spot, so I must be missing something. Any suggestions on how I can finish this movie? Thanks in advance. Cheers, John.

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Looking for other families to meet in Abruzzo (3 replies)

Hi lovely people, We are a family from the UK (London/Hertford) who have just moved to Torre de Passeri, Abruzzo. We bought a property in February this year after renting in Atri for a few months. We have five kids, eldest is 9, then 7yr old twins and 5 year old twins. Other than ploughing through a course of Duolingo, none of us spoke any Italian before we moved here. The kids tried the local school in March for about a month but found it very hard to settle in. The school did very little to help them. They were bored and felt isolated. Consequently the kids decided to home educate for a year and perhaps wait until they have a better command of the language before trying school again if they choose. They are getting involved in the local sports groups but its still pretty lonely for them at this whole stage. Anyway, we would love to hear from any other English speaking families in Abruzzo, It would be great to meet you and perhaps there's even a family out there with children around the same ages who would like to meet up. Alexandra

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bpinmn
Mar 23, 2011 19:26

Thanks! Great advice

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