Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Viareggio, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Viareggio?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Viareggio, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Viareggio, should be aware that they will need to obtain a visa if they plan to stay for more than 90 days. They should also know that the cost of living in Viareggio is relatively high compared to other parts of Italy, but it is still lower than in many parts of the US or UK. Healthcare in Italy is of a high standard, and expats are eligible for the same healthcare benefits as Italian citizens once they become residents. However, it's recommended to have private health insurance to cover any potential gaps in coverage. Viareggio is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant carnival, so it's an excellent location for those who enjoy a lively social scene. The city is also home to many restaurants, bars, and shops, providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment and leisure. The official language is Italian, and while English is spoken in many tourist areas, it's beneficial to learn some basic Italian phrases to help with day-to-day life. The climate in Viareggio is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. This can be a significant change for those used to colder climates, so it's essential to prepare for this adjustment. Expats should also be aware that Italy has a high tax rate, and they may be liable for taxes in both their home country and Italy, depending on their circumstances. Therefore, it's recommended to seek advice from a tax professional before making the move. Finally, it's important to note that while Viareggio is a safe city overall, like any other place, it's not immune to crime. Expats should take the usual precautions to protect themselves and their property," wrote one member in Viareggio.
What do I need to know before moving to Viareggio?
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 Viareggio?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Viareggio?
- What is the average cost of housing in Viareggio?
- How do I meet people in Viareggio?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Viareggio?
- What should I pack when moving to Viareggio?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Viareggio?
- Will I be able to find a job in Viareggio?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Viareggio?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Viareggio?
- What is the social scene like in Viareggio?
- What advice to expats in Viareggio have about housing?
- What are medical services in Viareggio like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Viareggio?
- Is the cost of living in Viareggio high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Viareggio?
- Why do people move to Viareggio?