Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Sanremo, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Sanremo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sanremo, they said:
"Sanremo, is a beautiful coastal city known for its Mediterranean climate, making it an attractive destination for expats looking to retire. Before making the move, there are several things to consider. Firstly, understanding the cost of living is crucial. While it's generally lower than in many U.S. or U.K. cities, it's higher than in other parts of Italy. This includes housing, groceries, healthcare, and other daily expenses. Secondly, healthcare in Italy is of a high standard. Expats can access the public healthcare system, but it's recommended to have private health insurance to cover any additional costs. Language can be a barrier for some, as English is not widely spoken, especially among the older population. Learning basic Italian phrases or taking language classes can be beneficial. The Italian tax system can be complex, so it's advisable to seek advice from a financial advisor who understands both your home country's tax system and Italy's. Italy has a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for some. Shops may close in the afternoon for siesta and bureaucracy can be slow. Sanremo is known for its festivals, including the famous Sanremo Music Festival. It's also a city with a rich history and culture, offering plenty of opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. Public transportation in Sanremo is reliable, but having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding areas. However, be aware that driving in Italy can be challenging due to narrow roads and different driving habits. Finally, it's important to understand the visa requirements. Non-EU citizens will need a visa to stay in Italy for more than 90 days, and the process can be lengthy and complex," said one expat who made the move to Sanremo.
What do I need to know before moving to Sanremo?
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Sanremo?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Sanremo?
- What is the average cost of housing in Sanremo?
- How do I meet people in Sanremo?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Sanremo?
- What should I pack when moving to Sanremo?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Sanremo?
- Will I be able to find a job in Sanremo?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Sanremo?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Sanremo?
- What is the social scene like in Sanremo?
- What advice to expats in Sanremo have about housing?
- What are medical services in Sanremo like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Sanremo?
- Is the cost of living in Sanremo high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Sanremo?
- Why do people move to Sanremo?