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Amalfi, 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 Amalfi, 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 Amalfi?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Amalfi, should be aware that the cost of living can be high, especially in terms of housing and dining out. It's important to have a good understanding of the Italian language, as English is not widely spoken, especially among the older population. Healthcare in Italy is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The Italian healthcare system can be complex to navigate, especially for non-Italian speakers. The pace of life in Amalfi is slower than in many other places, which can be a big adjustment for some people. The local culture places a strong emphasis on enjoying life, with a focus on good food, wine, and socializing. The weather in Amalfi is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. However, the town can get quite crowded during the peak tourist season, which runs from April to October. Public transportation in Amalfi is reliable, but the town's steep, narrow streets can make driving challenging. Many expats choose to walk or use scooters to get around. Italy has a high tax rate, and understanding the tax system can be complicated. It's recommended to seek advice from a tax professional who is familiar with both Italian and your home country's tax laws. Finally, it's important to note that while Amalfi is a beautiful and charming place, it may not offer all the amenities and conveniences of a larger city. Therefore, it's important to visit and spend some time there before making a decision to retire in Amalfi," remarked one expat who made the move to Amalfi.

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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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