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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
moving italy 1 euro
  Would you be happy to pay 1 euro for a house in Italy? It’s a dream for many, mostly the youngster who find it difficult to buy a house. It’s a dream that can come true thanx to the initiative of some Italian “comuni”, municipalities, that want to combat the desertion of some towns and revive abandoned areas. The houses are property of people that want to get rid of them and they ask the “comune” to help them find a buyer: the building costs only 1 euro, but you have to pay for its
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
times new roman
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike       I was on vacation with my mother in Florence, Italy in 1997 when she suggested we hop on a city bus, “…just to see where it takes us.” That fortuitous moment changed my life forever.   On the ride up a mountain north of Florence we enjoyed vistas beautiful enough to write home about. We saw postcard-worthy shots all along the route. When we reached Fiesole on the top of the mountain, we set
Monday, June 13th, 2016
moving to italy
  Moving to Italy : Rome. Ph. Maria Artigas on flickr (   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
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
living costs Italy
(Prices last updated June 2016)   How much would it cost you to live in Italy? (Mike/Flickr, at    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
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
taste of italy
  I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Moving to Italy: Guidelines for Residency in Italy   Before moving to Italy it's important to have residency guidelines well clear in mind   Note: If you  like to discuss Moving to Italy please use the forum at or our Facebook page.   The following are guidelines ONLY, not legal advice. We are not lawyers. All information on this site is believed to be accurate, and we strive to correct errors and keep information current. Please notify us
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
When thinking about owning a property in Italy it's nearly impossible not to picture a typical farm house in a rural area, like those you see in Tuscany, 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 in a town or village,  rather than
Monday, September 8th, 2014
When the age of retirement has come, several foreign people decide to move to Italy; the weather, the food and the landscape are three main reasons that persuade people to move to Italy.   The good climate, the good food and the beautiful local sceneries attract many English, American and Northern European people who want to start over a new leaf. However, what are the best places to live as a retired person in Italy?    Among the most desired places we find destinations such as Tuscany, Rome
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Should you Retire in Italy ? Seniors meeting at the park Ph.   So how is getting old in Italy ?   According to my friend Giovanni who sent me this joke :   This is the way it should have been done:  I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should start out dead and get it out of the way. Then, you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy; go collect your pension, then when you
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
retiring italy
  (You will find legal requirements at the bottom of the article) Italy, a land of seemingly timeless beauty and charm, is quickly becoming one of the most popular locations for retirement. Stepping into Italy for the first time is like stepping into a fairytale. A captivating countryside coupled with excellent weather sets the stage for a dream come true.   Everyone has their own idea for a dream home and a dream location for their retirement home. The ideal place to retire
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
dwellings italy
  Italy is well known  for its monuments and architecture: a huge chunk of those visiting the country each year do so to enjoy the unique and amazing cohabitation of styles that is typical of our cities and towns: Medieval, Romanic, Gothic, Baroque, just to mention some, grace the streets and alleys of the whole country.     When talking about Italian homes, the same principle of style mixing applies. Beside the obvious legal and health and safety
Friday, June 1st, 2012
After being in Italy for about 6 to 7 months I realized it was about time to become legal. I started what I thought would be a tedious and annoying battle with paper work but felt I was up to the challenge. Besides I have experienced bureaucracy before in America. This couldn't be much worse, right? Well the operation was stifling and I believe probably much worse due to my stupidity and not doing the matter earlier and by myself.   I have been battling to just
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
This is the first of a series of diaries about moving to Italy and experiences of travelling and living in Italy. Join us while we tell you the story of Fay, who moved from UK to a new life in Tuscany. This is part 1 of Fay's story of moving to Italy. You can find part 2 here. Remember that you can send us your travel diary, expat experiences and any other story you have about staying in Italy. Do you want to tell your story? We are ready to publish it!   Fay: Moving from the UK to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Moving to Italy: Forms and Important Items Forms are available through the nearest Italian Consulate or the Italian Embassy. Also recently forms have been available online at the Italian Embassy web site   Firearms and Restricted Items: At the present time there is a ban on the importation of firearms into Italy. The possession of any types of firearms in Italy is strictly controlled and requires the owner to obtain an Italian permit. Even if the ban is lifted, it is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 Montepulciano   Derek 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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Moving to Italy and Accommodations In Italy, finding an unfurnished apartment in major towns and cities can be quite difficult. In Rome, you will hardly ever find an unfurnished apartment for rent. This is due to Italian laws that make it harder for the apartment owners to reclaim the apartment from their tenants, even when those tenants do not pay the rent! Moreover, in the past, an unfurnished apartment had not only no furniture but also no cabinets, no kitchen, no
Friday, June 1st, 2012
This is only a summary of what you need to get a Permesso di Soggiorno. We are not experts in the field. If you need more info, check the website of the Foreign Ministry for the visa: and of the Polizia di Stato for your Residence Permit :   Before you can think about residency in Italy, you will need a Permission to Stay, and before you can enter the country, you might need a Visa. 
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Red Tape: More Paperwork I enter a room packed full of exhausted foreigners and no one to talk to unless you hold a precious number in hand. I realized then that the permesso di soggiorno was not going to happen today. I left the Questura and the Cabinieri guy was there with a creepy grin while his comrades behind held the same smirks. He then asked me where in the United States I was from and I said "San Francisco". Him speaking through a glass wall
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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.