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Cost of Living in Italy
Friday, January 31TH, 2014 by admin
(Prices last updated January 2014)   A common question asked in our forum is "How much do I need to earn to live comfortably in Italy?"  We thought it would be a good idea to have an article here on the website to answer it.  A few caveats. The answers come from a number of users and reflect their daily experience, not an accurate research project. Moreover, what one user considers "comfortable" could be seen by another person as luxurious, or conversely, cheap. Prices can also vary quite a bit from northern to southern Italy and from big cities to small towns. Before you start thinking "...
By mid September, we were settling into the house, the children were attending school and we were actively searching for work.  We had days that were very positive, when we'd been pro-active in delivering the translated CV's to various workplaces and the children were making friends and going out after school.  Then we experienced the other side of the coin.  I wouldn't use the term 'reality started to kick in', because prior to moving to Italy we had already imagined it wasn't going to be easy, but I would say it was frustration kicking in more than anything else.  We were quite often...
Moving from the UK to Italy - Part 5
Monday, January 10TH, 2011 by admin
Fay: Moving from the UK to Italy This is part five of Fay's story. You can also read part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.   We all had succumbed to a good deep sleep and woke happily remembering we'd finally arrived at our 'first home' in Italy, all be it a campsite! It was also pleasing to know there were no further lengthy car journeys looming ahead. Even though the sky was a glorious blue, the temperature in the 30's and a swimming pool was enticing us, we had to immediately act on our first priority we'd set ourselves. We only had limited time at the campsite and needed to get things...
Italian Life in a Small Town
Monday, October 11TH, 2010 by admin
When thinking about owning a property in Italy it's nearly impossible not to picture the typical farm house in the country, most likely in the Tuscan style, surrounded only by hills and an ocean of green grass. This image reflects what the majority of non-Italians look for when they consider buying a home in Italy, however, there is also a fast-growing number of buyers who prefer to own a home within a village. Usually those who choose to live within a town rather than out in the country do so because they prefer to live with the hustle and bustle of other people rather than in peaceful...
Are you ready to move to Italy?
Friday, October 01TH, 2010 by admin
Moving to Italy : Moving to Italy : Rome Here are some tips on how to make it easier to start a new life in Italy. Moving to Italy is a thrilling opportunity, but also one that requires courage and dedication. Thinking life will be one long holiday is an usual mistake. You'll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving, and the first step is to get out of holiday mode. The main obstacles that you have to face include loneliness, language barriers, making friends and dealing with the fact that you are always going to be a foreigner in a foreign...
Moving from the UK to Italy - Part 4
Tuesday, September 28TH, 2010 by ancos
This is part 4 of Fay's story of moving to Italy. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here and part 3 here. Part 5 is here. Remember that you can send us your travel diary, expat experiences and any other story you have about staying in Italy. Italian countryside The alarm woke us at 3am and having only had one and a half hours' sleep, you can imagine how we were feeling!  But we had to get ourselves moving and dress in some comfortable clothes we'd set aside for us all.  Today was going to be the first of three days driving towards our new life in Italy.  The children were sleepy but had...
Moving from the UK to Italy - Part 3
Saturday, August 28TH, 2010 by ancos
This is part 3 of Fay's story of moving to Italy. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. Remember that you can send us your travel diary, expat experiences and any other story you have about staying in Italy.   Piazza Grande in MontepulcianoDerek and I talked, discussed, chatted, and exhausted ourselves over choosing where we'd start our life in Tuscany. Whilst we were there at the end of February, we liked the look and feel of the Montepulciano area, and people had actually said to us it was a good choice for schools also. That was useful to know and helped us with our decision. It...
Travelling to Italy with Your Pet
Monday, August 09TH, 2010 by ancos
Would you like to visit Italy, but don’t want to leave your beloved pet behind? No problem! Here are some requirements when it comes to bringing your furry friend along for the ride, as well as some tips to make it as easy as possible. In general Italians aren’t a nation of pet lovers, although the joys of pet ownership seem to be catching on. The country tolerates pets, but there are rules to follow if you are a tourist in Italy with a pet and especially if you are staying on for a longer period of time. Bringing Your Pet into Italy If you are planning to bring your pet to Italy then...
Sculptor and Artist David Booker
Wednesday, July 28TH, 2010 by ancos
David Booker Originally from Australia and having studied in Sydney and Hobart in Tasmania, David Booker has held many exhibitions of his drawings and sculptures.  His current graphite and pastel drawings exhibition, entitled 'Castelli di Cartone' features empty cartons and 100% recyclable natural corrugated cardboard.  The boxes captured in the drawings are cleverly depicted.  It's easy to forget that for a short time, each special box has it's own important purpose in our world, forgotten then strewn aside.  David has made them the celebrities.   Once a city dweller, David has a home in...
Moving from the UK to Italy - Part 2
Friday, July 09TH, 2010 by ancos
This is part 2 of Fay's story of moving to Italy. You can find part 1 here. Remember that you can send us your travel diary, expat experiences and any other story you have about staying in Italy.   Terrorism, Schooling and A Quick Trip,  Paves The Road Ahead.   A trip to Pisa Our lives continued to be increasingly hectic and during the course of the following seven years, our feet hardly touched the ground with three busy youngsters and my Mother's deteriorating health.  We had still hoped one day we would visit Italy again so we thought we'd try to learn Italy's difficult language.  At...

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