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Lake Garda, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Lake Garda, 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 Garda?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Lake Garda, should be aware of several important factors before making the move. Firstly, they should research the cost of living, which can vary depending on the specific town or village they choose to live in. This includes housing costs, utilities, groceries, and transportation. It is essential for expats to understand the Italian healthcare system and ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Italy has a public healthcare system, but private healthcare is also available. Expats may need to register with the local health authority (Azienda Sanitaria Locale) to access public healthcare services. Language can be a barrier for some expats, as English is not widely spoken in smaller towns and villages around Lake Garda. Learning Italian or enrolling in language courses can help with integration and daily life. Expats should familiarize themselves with the Italian tax system and seek professional advice to understand their tax obligations. Italy has tax treaties with several countries to avoid double taxation, but it is essential to understand the specific requirements for each individual's situation. Retirees should also consider the climate in Lake Garda, which features hot summers and mild winters. This may be a significant factor for those with health concerns or preferences for specific weather conditions. It is crucial for expats to research the visa and residency requirements for retiring in Italy. Non-EU citizens will need a visa to enter Italy and may need to apply for a long-term residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) once they arrive. Finally, expats should take the time to explore the various towns and villages around Lake Garda to find the perfect location that suits their lifestyle and preferences. Each town has its unique charm, amenities, and community, so it is essential to find the right fit before making a permanent move," said one expat who made the move to Lake Garda.

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About the Author

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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