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What do I need to know before retiring in Italy?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Italy, they said...

"Before retiring in Italy, it is important to understand the different types of visa and residency permits available. It is advisable to seek help from a professional, such as an attorney or an accountant, to help arrange your residency requirements. You will need to prove that you have sufficient financial resources or income to support yourself in Italy. Other important factors to consider when planning your retirement in Italy include living and healthcare costs, the local tax regulations, healthcare systems, and the availability of language courses. It is also a good idea to research the cost of living and lifestyle in the areas you are considering for retirement, so that you can make an informed decision about the best place to retire. Additionally, you will need to obtain a bank account in Italy and learn about the different types of banking services available. Finally, familiarizing yourself with Italian culture and social customs is a must in order to have a successful retirement in Italy," wrote a member who made the move to Italy.

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"I found the Milanese reserved, but after a while when they see you want to really integrate yourself in their society, they became really friendly. As far as shopkeepers and medical personnel, they are super. Although I spend most of my time in Suditalia, I really love Milano," explained one expat living in Italy.

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