Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Siena, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Siena?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Siena, they said:
"Before retiring in Siena, expats should know that the cost of living can be quite high, especially when compared to other parts of Italy. The city is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and high quality of life, which can make it a more expensive place to live. Expats should also be aware that the healthcare system in Italy is generally very good, but it can be a bit complicated to navigate. It's important to have a good understanding of how the system works and what kind of health insurance coverage you'll need. Language can be a barrier for some expats, as not everyone in Siena speaks English. It's recommended to learn some basic Italian before moving, as it will make daily life and interactions with locals much easier. Siena is a small city, so if you're used to living in a large, bustling metropolis, you might find the pace of life slower. However, this can also be one of the city's charms, offering a more relaxed and peaceful lifestyle. The city is also known for its festivals, the most famous of which is the Palio, a horse race that takes place twice a year. These events can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite crowded and noisy, so it's something to keep in mind if you're considering living in the city center. Siena has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. If you're not used to this type of climate, it might take some time to adjust. Finally, it's important to understand the Italian tax system. Italy has a worldwide taxation policy, which means that if you become a resident, you'll be taxed on your global income. It's recommended to consult with a tax advisor before making the move," remarked one expat living in Siena, Italy.
What do I need to know before moving to Siena?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Siena?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Siena?
- What is the average cost of housing in Siena?
- How do I meet people in Siena?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Siena?
- What should I pack when moving to Siena?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Siena?
- Will I be able to find a job in Siena?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Siena?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Siena?
- What is the social scene like in Siena?
- What advice to expats in Siena have about housing?
- What are medical services in Siena like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Siena?
- Is the cost of living in Siena high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Siena?
- Why do people move to Siena?