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Lake Como, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 15, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Lake Como, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Lake Como?

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

"Before retiring in Lake Como, expats should know that they will need to obtain a visa if they are not EU citizens. They should also be aware that the cost of living can be quite high, especially in the more popular towns around the lake. Expats should understand that while many locals speak English, learning Italian can greatly enhance their experience and make daily life easier. They should also be prepared for a slower pace of life, as Italians value a work-life balance and often take long lunch breaks and close shops in the afternoon. Healthcare in Italy is of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance. They should also be aware that they may be liable to pay taxes in Italy, even if they are also paying taxes in their home country. Expats should know that owning a car in Lake Como can be expensive due to high petrol prices and annual car taxes. Public transportation, however, is quite reliable and extensive. They should also be aware that Lake Como has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Finally, expats should understand that while Lake Como is a popular tourist destination, it can be quiet during the off-season, which may be a positive or negative depending on personal preference," 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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