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Moving to Bologna, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Oct 17, 2023

Summary: Bologna, Italy is a popular destination for expats due to its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and excellent food. The city is known for its iconic red-brick towers, its many universities, and its lively student population. Expats are also drawn to Bologna for its affordable cost of living and its convenient location in the heart of Italy. Before moving to Bologna, it is important to be aware of the city's strict regulations on noise and garbage disposal. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the city's high taxes and the need to register with the local authorities. It is also important to be aware of the city's hot and humid summers and cold winters. Finally, it is important to be aware of the city's language barrier, as Italian is the primary language spoken in Bologna.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bologna?

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

"Bologna is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and a lively atmosphere. Expats should be aware that the city is quite small and can be quite crowded during peak times. It is important to research the cost of living in Bologna before moving, as it can be quite expensive. Expats should also be aware that the city is quite traditional and conservative, so it is important to respect local customs and traditions. Additionally, it is important to learn some basic Italian before moving to Bologna, as English is not widely spoken. Finally, expats should be aware that the weather in Bologna can be quite unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for all types of weather," remarked one expat who made the move to Bologna.

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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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