Living in Italy guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Italy with the expat guide

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General information


Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • You should inquire on traveling prerequisites before moving to Italy. European Union citizens do not require a visa.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you're looking to move to Italy, gives you an overview of the different available visas and application formalities.

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  • Before moving to Italy, you are advised to inquire on travel conditions. Citizens of non-European countries may need a visa.

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  • For all those of you thinking of visiting Italy for one reason or another here are a few things to know about visas in Italy

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Italy? The digital nomad's guide to Italy will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Finding a temporary job in Rome can be quite easy, according to the kind of job you are looking for. Permanent jobs, on the other hand, are rather rare.

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  • Turin is one of the most important Italian cities, also known to be the country's economic center. Its economy focuses mainly on tourism, agro-industry...

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  • Milan is known to be Italy's economic center, being not only a trade point, but also a financial, industrial and educational region.

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  • You can start searching for a job even after reaching Italy. For this, you will have to obtain required work permits.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Rome is definitely a dream city for thousands of expatriates across the world. But if you wish to settle there, you will have to find accommodation.

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  • Located in the Piedmont region, Turin is very conducive to expatriation. But you have to inquire on accommodation and the rental market beforehand.

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  • Milan is known to be a generous city, being one of Italy's most dynamic cities. However, accommodation options are quite scarce.

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  • As all major Italian cities, Florence also attracts thousands of expatriates every year. Finding accommodation there should not be very difficult.

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  • Like most European countries, Italy also has a dynamic real estate market. Foreigners however have to inquire on accommodation prices before moving.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Italy is a friendly country and conducive to foreign studies. Students wishing to experience its rich culture have to prepare themselves beforehand.

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  • Learning to speak Italian: useful tips to help you learn ans study italian.

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  • About learning Italian the easy way... It is an article I wrote for my blog last year.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Italy's health care system is based on public accountability. European Union expatriates, as well as foreigners should know their rights.

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  • I can finally learn how to ski and have the peace of mind that if I break my leg I won't also break the bank! I just got my Servizio Sanitario!

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Italy can be a complicated and long process. It is better to prepare a complete file in order to facilitate procedures.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Italy's taxation system is quite complex, as in most European countries. What you have to know is that you will pay income tax...

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  • All companies operating in Italy have to pay corporate tax. Conditions however vary according to the different types of companies.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Apart from the popular belief that Italian travel by gondola, you will also find various means of transport in the country: buses, taxis, trains, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Although it is a member of the European Union, Italy has some specific rules regarding the driver's license. You are advised to inquire on these first.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • You are advised to hire international removal experts if you have decided to settle in Italy. They will take care of related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • An explanation of the choices and technicalities of watching British television programs from Italy

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  • If you are moving to Italy, you will wish to keep in touch with your relatives abroad. You will thus need access to a phone and internet.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Traveling to Italy with your pet requires a little planning. You have to inquire about related formalities and health regulations beforehand.

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  • The Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine producing area of Lombardy in the North of Italy, but is also virtually unknown abroad. This is a pity as the landscape is beautiful, the people are kind, the food is authentic and there are lots of possibilities for walking, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing.

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