Turin, Italy
Turin, Italy
Turin, Italy

8 Tips for Living in Turin, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

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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.

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guest
Nov 9, 2015 06:26

I am an "expat" in the opposite way, born in Turin and living in China. I found this article extrimely unbalanced. It seems that everything is based on the unfortunate experience of just one family. Houses in Turin are NOT generally humid and in bad conditions as described. Internet is working and power supply is perfectly stable... to me it seems someone has rented an old, badly mainteined apartment in the old city center, with poor wiring and connections... this is NOT the rule in Turin! Heavy burocracy, yes, I can understand... but why one should bring "salad dressing" in the country of the best olive oil and vinegar in the world?

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Aug 8, 2020 04:23

3rd world? Really? In Europe in general, the outskirts are more rundown and the closer you get to the center, the nicer things are. Turin is certainly this way. If you come at this with the American idea that the suburbs are nicer than the inner city, you will be disappointed. Also, I can say that apartments in the city are not more expensive than US cities where I have lived...not even close to Boston. Maybe if one is trying to do this on a square footage basis. A 2000 sq ft place in the city is going to be a luxury property by definition because an Italian family wouldn't see the need for anything that large. Also, we have been in Turin for years and I think we've had one very short power outage. Food tends to be much better quality. We eat less meat, but it is better. Clothes... it depends. If you want to buy a suit, it will be cheaper and better in Italy. Casual clothes we tend to buy in the US. I think the key to living here is to live more like the Italians. If you try to live on an island with your own rules, you will likely be disappointed. (I got an error on my first post, so I may end up with two)

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