Relocation to Italy



Italy is situated on the Italian Cape and Southern Europe just alongside the Mediterranean Sea. It has been a long-time favourite destination for expats from all over the world because it’s beautiful geography where you will find the Apennine Mountains on the peninsula and the famous Alps on the northern boundary. Once you walk its streets, you will feel the strong mixture of European and Roman influences in their breathtaking Renaissance inspired architecture. The communities are lovely, and the locals are known worldwide to be very friendly, making Italy such a welcoming place for newcomers like you. Here are some important guidelines that can help you to start a new life in the boot-shaped country.


First things first, you have to get a place to live in. There are several ways that you can do when looking for a rental house/ apartment in Italy. You can start looking for listings on local newspapers (piccolapubblicità – affittasiappartamento) or bulletin boards posted on public establishments. Landlords also put up ‘for rent’ (affittasi or da affitare) signs outside their properties so it's worth going around the city. One of the easiest ways is to talk to a local realtor (agenzieimmobiliari) who is more familiar with the neighbourhoods and has a wider network of real estate properties.

Always ask your landlord about what is included in your monthly rent. For most countries abroad, you need to shoulder the expenses for your essential services like gas, water and electricity. In the main cities of Italy, the average cost of your utilities will be €150 per month. Local prepaid mobile calls are charged €0.16 per minute and a month of internet connection is about €25.

House and Apartment Hunting

You will find several housing models across Italy depending on your needs. There are studio types (bedsitter), apartments and houses. If you are looking for a short-term rental, you should expect that the unit is unfurnished (non-ammobiliato) and doesn’t include anything at all aside from the bathroom and a kitchen sink. Most furnished (ammobiliato) apartments/houses are available for those who prefer long-term agreement.

As you move closer to the city, the price of the rent goes higher. In Rome, the capital of Italy and where most expats live, the average monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment is €1000 while a three bedroom unit is around €2000. Rome is also the home of many restaurants, shopping malls and the country's nightlife.

Choosing a place based on beautiful landscapes and scenic views is not a problem in Italy because all parts of the country are equally beautiful. Another central city where you will find a huge number of expats is in Milan. It has good public transport, job opportunities, malls, supermarkets and restaurants. You can get a one bedroom apartment in Milan for €900 per month and a three bedroom apartment for roughly €2000 monthly.

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International and Local Schools

The Italian government provides free education to all levels starting Pre-school to University. This privilege applies to both local and foreign children. Most expats enrol their kids to local schools like The University of Milan that’s been providing high-standard of education since 1924.

You can also enrol your child in Italy’s international schools where the curriculum and teaching methods are mostly designed for foreign nationals. One of the most prominent international institutions in the country is the Rome International School.

Moving Your Belongings

Though the rental cost is a bit high, other products in Italy are considered to be affordable. But it's better to bring some of your belongings especially the useful ones to make sure that you don’t fall out of the budget. Many shipping and removal companies can help you bring your stuff to Italy and will help you every step of the way. Prices differ based on factors like the quantity and weight of the package. The average delivery time to the Port of Civitavecchia in Rome, where a majority of containers arrive, is 7-9 business days depending on your country of origin.

If you are taking your pet with you, make sure that you have the original copy of its Rabies Vaccination and Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. Italian customs will also ask for the International Health Certificate, so ask your vet to give you one ten days before your planned departure.

Italy has an excellent public transport service that operates all over the country. You can either ride a bus, take the underground train or even call a for a radio taxi to pick you up. But if you still prefer to bring your car along with you, make sure you have these documents ready for customs purposes:

  • Car Title
  • Proof of Ownership indicating your name
  • Proof of Registration
  • Residence Certificate
  • Driver’s License with photo
  • Tax Number or Social Security Number

Moving abroad takes a lot of commitment and courage, but you will find Italy as a country that's overflowing with ways that are sure to comfort your heart and keep you going.



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