So, you have made the choice, you want to live in Italy??
Before you pick up and move everything to bell’ Italia, there are some things you should know.
1.) The language. Italians are not so adept in foreign languages. You will probably learn italian quicker than they will learn your language, plus italian is the national language. It is best to prepare yourself with a few starter phrases, at least to know what is going on and make your life a bit easier. In some of the tourist towns or bigger cities such as Florence, Rome, Venice or Milan it will be easier finding people in restaurants, hotels, internet cafes or apartment rental/job offices that speak english. However, if going into uncharted areas, you should at least have a basic grasp of italian.
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2.) Job hunting. If you are relocating, you may need work, unless you are wealthy or are being transfered by a company in your home country. However, if the latter two are not the choice, you will need to do a job search. Documents will be your biggest concern. If you are a citizen of the EU, you can legally work in Italy and stay as long as you like. If you are a non-citizen of the EU, you will need to furnish correct documents that allow you to work specifically in Italy. This would include a permit to stay (permesso di soggiorno) You may need to have a request from an Italian company to sponsor you or may need to talk first to your Embassy to see what options you have. Getting the documents can be time consuming and there is a lot of bureaucratic red tape to cross.
3) Apartments. Looking for apartments can be sometimes a challenge. There are different ways you can go about this. You can rent a tourist apartment for a few days, weeks or months, but the prices are going to be very high. You can get a local newspaper and search for rooms for rent. Look under (affitasi o appartamenti in affito). There will be rooms (camere), single room (monolocale) or double room (bilocale). Most agencies will require a 3 month rent payment PLUS deposit. They will also want documents and make sure that you have a job.
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4.) Getting there and visas. The first step even before getting there is making sure you have the right paperwork!! If you are working, studying, taking vacation or buying a second home, you have to make sure what documents you need BEFORE realizing you can only stay 90 days!! Tourist visas are 90 days and they DO NOT allow you to study or work!
5.) Travel in Italy. Getting around Italy is sometimes challenging. Having a car is more of a burden than a Godsend. It will be difficult to find parking and if you do find parking, expect to pay a parking meter. FREE parking is almost non-existent. The trains are the best choice, as is a bike or footing it, if you live in the city and not going to far.
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“I haven’t visited Italy yet, but I know this book will be extremely useful for when I arrive!” — Samantha B. Milwaukee, WI
“We are Italians and this book is very good! It explains everything on finding jobs, living in Italy, traveling around and what to expect, plus much more!! Highly recommended from an italian point of view!!” — Eugenia and Bruna P. Rome, Italy
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