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Why do people move to Italy?

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When we asked people why foreigners move to Italy, they responded...

"Italy is renowned for its rich culture, timeless architecture, exquisite cuisine, diverse landscapes, beautiful beaches, unique lifestyle, and vibrant cities. Expats are often lured by the country's relaxed pace of life and reputation for good living, which pairs so well with its ancient yet modern cities. The country's excellent healthcare system and strong healthcare infrastructure also appeal to expats. Italy also boasts excellent transportation infrastructure, making it easy for expats to get around independently. Other advantages for expats in Italy include multiple job opportunities, a strong economy, and affordable housing," remarked another expat who made the move to Italy.

"I am a little reluctant to let out the secret but I figured I’ll perform a little mitzvah. My wife and I have moved to Lecce Italy last year from NYC and we’ve never been happier. We have visited here multiple times over the past 35 years and realized that we loved being here. So we retired and pulled the trigger in April. Lecce is big enough and cosmopolitan enough to satisfy my wife’s big city addiction but we still can walk to 90% of our destinations. A beautiful city with plenty of high end (and other) boutiques, great food, nice people, great weather and 8km to the beach (there are many). 30 minutes to Brindisi airport. Traffic and parking are similar to what we were used to in Brooklyn. We live in the modern center and have a two car garage (necessary). The historic center is very charming but lacks facilities and parking. Also the homes can be uncomfortable. We have a beautiful 1800 sq ft apartment where we pay less than a third what we spent in Brooklyn. We have tickets to see the Moscow ballet perform the Nutcracker at the end of January. We continually meet interesting people from all over the world and locally. We take day trips to some of the most beautiful , historical towns in the world. Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, Otranto, Gallipoli, S.M. Leuca. For us, this is what we worked all our lives to enjoy. So the secret is out now," explained one expat living in Lecce, Italy.

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