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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

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

What do I need to know about living in Rapallo?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Rapallo, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, they should understand that the cost of living can be high, especially when compared to other parts of Italy. This is due to Rapallo's popularity as a tourist destination and its location on the Italian Riviera. They should also be prepared for a slower pace of life, as the Italian lifestyle is typically more relaxed than in many other countries. This can be a significant adjustment for those used to a fast-paced, high-stress lifestyle. Expats should also be aware that while many locals speak English, particularly in the tourism industry, it is beneficial to learn some Italian. This will not only make day-to-day life easier but will also help in building relationships with locals. Healthcare in Italy is of a high standard, but it's important for expats to understand the system. They should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage, either through a private provider or the Italian National Health Service. Understanding the Italian tax system is also crucial, as Italy has a complex tax structure that can be challenging for expats. It's recommended to seek advice from a tax professional familiar with both the home country and Italian tax laws. Finally, expats should be aware that while Rapallo is a beautiful and charming town, it can get crowded during the peak tourist season. This can lead to increased prices and crowded beaches and restaurants. In terms of housing, it's important to note that properties in Rapallo can be expensive, especially those with sea views or located in the town center. Renting before buying is often recommended to get a feel for the area and understand the property market. Lastly, it's important to understand that while Rapallo offers a high quality of life, it may not offer the same level of amenities or entertainment options as a larger city. Therefore, it's important to visit and spend time in Rapallo before making the decision to retire there," remarked one expat living in Rapallo, Italy.

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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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