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Thinking about moving to Italy?

Hello my readers,

Spring is coming full-force here in Italy, but a little cold weather is always refreshing.

This time around, I would like to talk about something that crosses the mind of those who visit Italy and fall in love with my country: moving to or staying in Italy. Thus, Today’s article will look into some of the key aspects to consider before, during, and after you planned move.

We all know how beautiful Italy is, and that there are many reasons why people choose to visit – great weather, food, wine, fun, people, the places and history, etc…. In the course of a trip to Italy, especially if it becomes a romantic experience –whether you are with your beloved one or you met someone in the way– you might think: “I wouldn’t mind living here”.

Even more, if you are a retiree, you may find that the weather and lifestyle would suit your life needs. Actually, Italy is one of the countries that most retirees in Northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc…) choose to come and live.

Best places to move to.

From my point of view, the best areas to move to if you are a senior, are the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and The Alps. All of these areas have a laid-back lifestyle, clean air and environment, and are relatively more affordable than the larger cities.

If you are a young professional or are just coming to Italy to study or experience the country for some time, Rome, Milano, Florence, are definitely on the list. Night-life, business, and else, will make your stay a pleasure.

Planning smart!

Moving to Italy can be stressful if you do not plan accordingly. Besides starting out by thinking about the aspects mentioned below, you should contact a reliable and professional moving company that does international moving/shipping into Italy. You can start by calculating how much you will need to move, where you would like to relocate, and then request quotes from international moving companies to compare rates among them.

For Norwegians and generally for Scandinavians, there is a well-known moving company called Flyttebyrå Oslo that based on reviews they will contact you within a day to discuss your relocation plan to Italy. I am not associated to this moving company, but my Norwegian friends who moved here used it and they say it’s very good.

What factors to take into consideration?

However, whatever the reason may be, one thing you must do is to have a plan before you make the move. Your plan should be based on a number of factors that you need to ponder in advance, such as:

  • Weather

Most of Italy enjoys a Mediterranean climate. This means cold humid winters, and warm and dry summers. The only excepting to this are the mountain areas in Northern Italy in the Alps, these have snowy and cold winters, and fresh summers.

  • Food

Italian cuisine is worldwide renowned, the most popular being pasta, pizzas, and gelato. Now, while all this sounds wonderful and you could eat them day-in and day-out, you have to think about your health. Most restaurants in Italy don’t take gluten out of the pasta and bread so if you suffer from some health conditions, you should be prepared and know where to get your supplies.

  • Language & Culture

Italy has its own traditions, culture, and beliefs, and you will need to learn abut them in advance, and prepare yourself well for them. Otherwise you will experience the so-called “culture shock”, which will result in homesickness, or even in the worst cases rejection to Italy and leaving.

An example may be the relationships. In Italy, family is an important component of life, and thus if you make friends they will treat you as family, and that closeness may shock you, and make you uncomfortable. Be prepared, and show grace and understanding.

There are networks and websites for expats that will help you to integrate little by little, and also meet other expats in your town.

  • Logistics

When planning your move, you need to know what regulations you are required to comply with if you want to bring in your belongings, your dog, import your car, be it customs or ownership regulations (deeds, titles, insurance, etc…).

  • Fiscal aspects.

In Italy, if you wish to rent/buy property, buy a mobile phone, open a bank account, etc… basically anything that involves making a contract, you will need to pay taxes. In order to do so, you need a personal code called “Codice Fiscale”. I also serves as residency ID

  • Real Estate

If you are looking into buying property in Italy, think about going to Northern Italy, near the Alps.  Why? Will you ask. Well, its proximity to the rest of Europe, good transportation, clean environment, and high resale value make Northern Italy the best choice, in my opinion.

So, it seems you have a little work to do, my friend!

Please contact me f you have any questions, and I will try to help you if I can.

Until next time.

Ciao!

Sharon

PS. The link to that moving company is http://www.flyttefirmaoslo.no

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Thinking about moving to Italy?

Hello my readers,

Spring is coming full-force here in Italy, but a little cold weather is always refreshing.

This time around, I would like to talk about something that crosses the mind of those who visit Italy and fall in love with my country: moving to or staying in Italy. Thus, Today’s article will look into some of the key aspects to consider before, during, and after you planned move.

We all know how beautiful Italy is, and that there are many reasons why people choose to visit – great weather, food, wine, fun, people, the places and history, etc…. In the course of a trip to Italy, especially if it becomes a romantic experience –whether you are with your beloved one or you met someone in the way– you might think: “I wouldn’t mind living here”.

Even more, if you are a retiree, you may find that the weather and lifestyle would suit your life needs. Actually, Italy is one of the countries that most retirees in Northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc…) choose to come and live.

Best places to move to.

From my point of view, the best areas to move to if you are a senior, are the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and The Alps. All of these areas have a laid-back lifestyle, clean air and environment, and are relatively more affordable than the larger cities.

If you are a young professional or are just coming to Italy to study or experience the country for some time, Rome, Milano, Florence, are definitely on the list. Night-life, business, and else, will make your stay a pleasure.

Planning smart!

Moving to Italy can be stressful if you do not plan accordingly. Besides starting out by thinking about the aspects mentioned below, you should contact a reliable and professional moving company that does international moving/shipping into Italy. You can start by calculating how much you will need to move, where you would like to relocate, and then request quotes from international moving companies to compare rates among them.

For Norwegians and generally for Scandinavians, there is a well-known moving company called Flyttebyrå Oslo that based on reviews they will contact you within a day to discuss your relocation plan to Italy. I am not associated to this moving company, but my Norwegian friends who moved here used it and they say it’s very good.

What factors to take into consideration?

However, whatever the reason may be, one thing you must do is to have a plan before you make the move. Your plan should be based on a number of factors that you need to ponder in advance, such as:

  • Weather

Most of Italy enjoys a Mediterranean climate. This means cold humid winters, and warm and dry summers. The only excepting to this are the mountain areas in Northern Italy in the Alps, these have snowy and cold winters, and fresh summers.

  • Food

Italian cuisine is worldwide renowned, the most popular being pasta, pizzas, and gelato. Now, while all this sounds wonderful and you could eat them day-in and day-out, you have to think about your health. Most restaurants in Italy don’t take gluten out of the pasta and bread so if you suffer from some health conditions, you should be prepared and know where to get your supplies.

  • Language & Culture

Italy has its own traditions, culture, and beliefs, and you will need to learn abut them in advance, and prepare yourself well for them. Otherwise you will experience the so-called “culture shock”, which will result in homesickness, or even in the worst cases rejection to Italy and leaving.

An example may be the relationships. In Italy, family is an important component of life, and thus if you make friends they will treat you as family, and that closeness may shock you, and make you uncomfortable. Be prepared, and show grace and understanding.

There are networks and websites for expats that will help you to integrate little by little, and also meet other expats in your town.

  • Logistics

When planning your move, you need to know what regulations you are required to comply with if you want to bring in your belongings, your dog, import your car, be it customs or ownership regulations (deeds, titles, insurance, etc…).

  • Fiscal aspects.

In Italy, if you wish to rent/buy property, buy a mobile phone, open a bank account, etc… basically anything that involves making a contract, you will need to pay taxes. In order to do so, you need a personal code called “Codice Fiscale”. I also serves as residency ID

  • Real Estate

If you are looking into buying property in Italy, think about going to Northern Italy, near the Alps.  Why? Will you ask. Well, its proximity to the rest of Europe, good transportation, clean environment, and high resale value make Northern Italy the best choice, in my opinion.

So, it seems you have a little work to do, my friend!

Please contact me f you have any questions, and I will try to help you if I can.

Until next time.

Ciao!

Sharon

PS. The link to that moving company is http://www.flyttefirmaoslo.no

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