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Sorrento, 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 Sorrento, 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 Sorrento?

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

"Before retiring in Sorrento, expats should know that they will need to obtain a visa if they plan to stay for more than 90 days. They should also be aware that the cost of living can be high, especially for housing and dining out. Expats should know that the healthcare system in Italy is generally of a high standard, but private health insurance is recommended for more comprehensive coverage. They should also be aware that while many Italians speak English, particularly in tourist areas, it is beneficial to learn some Italian for day-to-day life. Understanding the Italian tax system is crucial as Italy has a tax treaty with many countries to avoid double taxation. Expats should also be aware that Sorrento is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak travel seasons. It's important to know that the pace of life in Sorrento is slower than in many other places, and siestas are common in the afternoon. Expats should also be prepared for the cultural differences, such as the importance of food and family in Italian culture. Finally, expats should know that public transportation in Sorrento is reliable, but owning a car can be more convenient for exploring other parts of the Amalfi Coast. However, driving in Italy can be challenging due to the narrow roads and different driving habits," said one expat in Sorrento.

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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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