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Moving to Lake Garda, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

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

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

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

"Expats moving to Lake Garda, should be aware of several factors to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the Italian language, as English may not be widely spoken in smaller towns and villages. This will also help in building relationships with locals and integrating into the community. It is crucial to research the cost of living in the area, including housing, utilities, groceries, and transportation. Lake Garda is a popular tourist destination, so prices may be higher than in other parts of Italy. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the local healthcare system and ensure they have appropriate health insurance coverage. When looking for housing, it is essential to consider factors such as proximity to amenities, public transportation, and schools if you have children. Renting is more common in Italy, and it is advisable to work with a local real estate agent to find suitable accommodation. Expats should also be aware of the Italian bureaucracy, which can be complex and time-consuming. It is essential to have all necessary documents, such as visas, permits, and identification, in order before moving to Lake Garda. Registering with the local town hall (comune) is required upon arrival, and this process can take some time. Understanding the local culture and customs is vital for a successful move to Lake Garda. Italians value family, food, and socializing, so be prepared to embrace these aspects of life. Additionally, be aware of local business hours, as many shops and businesses close for a few hours in the afternoon for a lunch break (riposo). Finally, it is essential to have a reliable mode of transportation, as public transportation options may be limited in some areas around Lake Garda. Owning a car can provide more freedom and flexibility, but be prepared for narrow roads and sometimes challenging driving conditions," explained one expat living in Lake Garda, Italy.

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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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