Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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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:

"It is a great spot to retire. Food, utilities and housing are cheap. The weather is great. I can't ask for more. Enjoy the history, culture and natural beauty of this diverse little slice of Italy," remarked another expat living in Minturno, Italy.

"I would tell them to try it out as it offers a bit of everything. The general population are well educated due to the strong university presence and there is a good mix of Italians from all over. Many come to study and then just stay. There is also a lot of cultural activities, many which are either free or low cost," added another expat in Bologna.

"Lots of hills. Lots of rain in the winter. bitter cold. Head south for the winter," remarked another expat who made the move to Genoa.

"Move to this city for your own reasons, but do not expect to befriend locals, integrate or find a job," explained one expat living in Angera, Italy.

"Learn Italian! The vast majority of Milanese do not speak English. Bring traditional yet elegant clothing (the Milanese frown on anything flashy or ostentatious) and expect the mentality to be conservative and somewhat behind what one would expect from a city as well known for it's industry, fashion business and financial center as Milan," said another expat in Milan.

"I would recommend this area for somone looking for a nice friendly comfortable area to live in that is near a city but also somewhat in the country/mountains. Beautiful place," added another expat who made the move to Cesiomaggiore.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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