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Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 01, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Italy is 60 million people. The largest cities in Italy are Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Bari, and Catania. Expats love living in Italy for its rich culture, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and friendly people. Life in Italy is often described as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong emphasis on family and community. Popular foods in Italy include pizza, pasta, risotto, gelato, and focaccia. The cons of living in Italy include the high cost of living, bureaucracy, and the language barrier. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000 to $3,000 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. This includes rent, utilities, food, transportation, and entertainment.

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What do I need to know about living in Italy?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Italy, they said:

"I found the Milanese reserved, but after a while when they see you want to really integrate yourself in their society, they became really friendly. As far as shopkeepers and medical personnel, they are super. Although I spend most of my time in Suditalia, I really love Milano," explained one expat living in Italy.

"It is important to research the cost of living in the area you are looking to retire. Italy is generally a more expensive country to live and certain locations have higher property taxes than other areas. It is also important to research the healthcare system and see if you would need international or private healthcare. It is beneficial to learn some Italian before moving, as English may not be as widely spoken as in other parts of Europe. It is also worth researching the pension and tax system to ensure that the money you receive from home can be used to supplement your income. Consider banking and money transfers, as well as sources of legal advice that may be available for you access. Lastly, researching potential locations for retirement and the amenities and activities in the area can help you make the best decision for you," said one expat in Italy.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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