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Pros and Cons of Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 05, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Italy include its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine, and vibrant cities. Additionally, Italy has a strong economy and a high quality of life. On the other hand, the cost of living in Italy can be quite high, and the bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable, and the language barrier can be a challenge for those who don't speak Italian.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Italy?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Italy responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the rich culture and history of Italy, as well as the delicious food and wine. They also enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and the friendly people. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads find the bureaucracy and paperwork involved in living in Italy to be overwhelming and time-consuming. Additionally, the cost of living in Italy can be quite high, making it difficult for some to afford," wrote one expat in Italy.

"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.

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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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