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Pros and Cons of Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Italy.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Italy?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Italy responded:

"I love the area, the location allows you to live outside a city but within 20 minutes of the city, the sea, and the skiing. The people are kind and the food is fantastic. The problem, with Italy in general, is it is hard to get mortgages or loans, even for natives. The banking system is very flawed," explained one expat living in Rapino.

"Italians are very centric. No interesting ethnic foods or restaurants outside of the biggest cities. Although most are welcoming and lovely to us I don't think that would be the case if we were not quite as white. Yes, they are a bit racist...but in the nicest (?) way. ," said another expat in living in Sarzana, Italy.

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What do expats in Italy appreciate most about the local culture?

"People in general, just walking around town, are not glued to their cell phones. People relate with one another. I often encounter Americans and sense a defensive posture, an guardedness. Italians are very welcoming and effusive. The social fabric are stronger. They have "family values" here. I also like not understanding the language well, It gives my brain a rest. If English is spoken all around me, I can't help but tune in and make judgments and get caught up in other's drama. Here, languages flow around me without my mind giving it meaning. I feel more free here, and less bombarded with media frenzy," added another person living in Perugia.

"I love the history, art, food, wine. The whole city and surrounding countryside are a feats for the eyes. And being so much closer to home as well really helps," explained one expat living in Florence.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The language. This is THE biggest barrier. Conducting business and getting things done is very confusing. Obtaining a valid Italian driving license is a huge, monumental task that may be beyond my grasp. And, things are legitimately confusing because each region can do things a bit differently. It's hard to find out procedures and how to deal with things because you end up with different answers," added another person living in Perugia.

"Trying to accept that as long as I have an accent I will always be treated as a second rate citizen," explained one expat living in Florence.

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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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