Living in Italy



Italy, another birthplace of the Western culture is considered as one of the most successful and enthralling nations in Europe. Aside from being a world-wild influence when it comes to food, fashion and politics, The Boot is also famed for its beautiful coastlines, diverse culture, Renaissance masterpieces, and luxury sports cars.

The idea of living in Italy might sound appealing to many expats, but it is not easy as many things are needed to be learned about the Italian culture, the people and the formalities that are unique to the country. Among the many popular countries in Europe, Italy made its mark on the map because of its breathtaking sceneries, friendly and romantic people as well as cultural and architectural heritage beyond compare. The Boot is also ranked as the 13th best country in the world whereas its 59.8 million inhabitants enjoy quality education, pleasant climate, safe environment and progressive economy.

Italia for Kids

Living in Italy is an exciting experience for every expat especially to those with kids. There are tonnes of exciting places to visit where all members of the family can have fun while learning the rich Italian history and culture. When in this country, no one should miss visiting the wide array of museums such as the Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige in Bolzano which displays the oldest natural human mummy in Europe and the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence where visitors are taken to a theatrical tour through secret staircases and hidden rooms while being led by historical figures.

Other top attractions in Italy that will leave your children in awe are the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s biggest stadium that holds the tales of the brave gladiators and the Leaning Tower which is one of the country’s most iconic architectures. Kids who love animals will enjoy going to Poppi Zoo Park in Casentino Valley where they can gaze at badgers, foxes, lynx, large birds of prey and brown bears.

Local Grocers and Markets

As you gradually slide to the local life in Italy, the next important thing to know is where to buy your basic needs such as food. This country has stores, vegetable and fruits vendors as well as butchers in every city but there are also several major supermarcato or supermarkets that serve as one-stop shops. The number one grocer in Italy is Conad which was established in 1962 and now has over 2,000 outlets. Other large supermarkets where expats can but both local and international products are Bennet and Carrefours which as more than 1,000 stores.

Expats who want to experience Italy’s culture can also go to some of the local markets where they will find an abundance of fresh foods. Outdoor markets abound this country, and aside from being able to buy products from the Italian farmers and producers, shoppers also get the chance to buy authentic Italian foods. The most famous and largest market in Italy is the Piazza Campo del Palio which is open every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Dealing with Culture Shock

By nature, Italians are known across the world for being warm, welcoming and friendly. They are relaxed in their everyday lives and many locals can be seen sipping a cup of cappuccino while mingling with friends. Family is important above anything else, much important than their careers. Expats coming from conservative countries will also need to adjust to the Italians’ liberal lifestyle. These people are very passionate, and they are not ashamed to express their emotions even in public places.

Appearance is also important and plays a significant role in the Italian culture. The way a person dress says a lot about his personality, social status and upbringing. They are known for their concept called ‘Bella Figura’ which means that dressing well is more than just putting on fancy clothes because your appearance also affects your aura, confidence and demeanour.

Expats who want to give wine to an Italian should make sure it is of good quality because the locals know their wine very well. Red flowers are a no-no because they indicate secrecy. You should also avoid giving yellow flowers because they mean jealousy and never wrap gifts in purple because it means bad fortune.


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