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Moving to Lake Como, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Moving to Lake Como, Italy? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Lake Como.

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What do I need to know before moving to Lake Como?

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

"Expats moving to Lake Como, should be aware of the cost of living, which can be relatively high, especially in popular tourist areas. They should also familiarize themselves with the local language, as English may not be widely spoken in smaller towns and villages. It is essential to have a valid visa and residence permit to live in Italy, and the process can be time-consuming, so it is crucial to start the application process early. Housing options in Lake Como can range from modern apartments to traditional villas, and it is essential to research the different areas and neighborhoods to find the best fit. Expats should also be prepared for the Italian bureaucracy, which can be slow and complicated, especially when dealing with utilities, taxes, and other administrative tasks. Public transportation around Lake Como is reliable, but having a car can be beneficial for exploring the region and accessing more remote areas. Expats should familiarize themselves with Italian driving laws and obtain an international driving permit if necessary. Healthcare in Italy is generally of high quality, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage, either through the Italian public healthcare system or a private provider. It is also essential to register with a local doctor (medico di base) upon arrival. The Italian education system is well-regarded, and there are both public and private schools available. However, expats may want to consider international schools if they prefer an English-speaking curriculum or a more familiar educational system. Lake Como has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, but expats should be prepared for occasional rain and humidity. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty, outdoor activities, and historical sites, so there is plenty to explore and enjoy during leisure time. Finally, it is essential for expats to respect and adapt to the local culture and customs, including the importance of family, the slower pace of life, and the emphasis on enjoying good food and wine. Building connections with locals and other expats can help ease the transition and make the experience of living in Lake Como more enjoyable and fulfilling," said one expat in Lake Como.

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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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