Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Tuscany, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Tuscany?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tuscany, they said:
"Before retiring in Tuscay, Italy, 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 high, especially in popular tourist areas. Expats should understand that they will need to pay Italian taxes on their worldwide income, and they may also be liable for taxes in their home country. They should consult with a tax professional to understand their obligations. Healthcare in Italy is generally of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance. They should also consider their healthcare needs as they age, as certain services may not be as readily available in rural areas. Expats should be prepared to learn Italian, as English is not widely spoken outside of the major cities and tourist areas. They should also familiarize themselves with Italian customs and etiquette to integrate into the local community. Expats should know that the pace of life in Tuscany is slower than in many other places. Shops may close for several hours in the afternoon, and many businesses close for a few weeks in August. Expats should be aware that driving in Italy can be challenging, especially in the cities. Public transportation is widely available, but service may be less frequent in rural areas. Expats should understand that while Tuscany is known for its beautiful countryside and historic cities, it also has its share of problems, including unemployment and economic instability. They should research the area thoroughly and consider spending some time there before making a decision to retire. Finally, expats should know that while retiring in Tuscany can be a dream come true, it also requires careful planning and preparation. They should seek advice from other expats and professionals to ensure they are making the right decision," wrote a member in Tuscany.
What do I need to know before moving to Tuscany?
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.
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