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Italy - Go to Italy and you will understand what 'la dolce vita' is all about. Ancient monuments and Renaissance masterpieces, opera and fashion, fast cars and food to die for, it's easy to see why so many love beautiful Italy from tip to toe.

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  A Guide To Tipping In Italy; Who, How Much, When And Where?


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Tipping etiquette can be a bit tricky to figure out as an expat, as it differs from one country to another. While some cultures do not believe in leaving anything more than what they have being charged, others may voluntarily pay up to 20% of their bill for good service. When it comes to offering any kind of gratuity or bonus, people must consider whether it is necessary or even acceptable, and how much should be given.   more ...

  Learn Why Italy Is An Expat Paradise


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Italy is one of the most intriguing and attractive countries in all of Europe, if not the entire world. It does many things remarkably well, but especially excels in food, art and fashion. Italy is the birthplace of Spaghetti Bolognese, Antipasto and Tiramisu. It is the land where Michelangelo painstakingly painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It’s also the place where some of the world’s leading fashion labels, from Gucci and Fendi to Dolce & Gabbana, are headquartered.   more ...

  A Guide To Pensions In Italy


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Italy’s social security system provides citizens and residents with a variety of benefits such as disability benefits and old-age pensions. The amount of benefits an individual receives is determined by the duration of time for which he or she has contributed to the welfare system and on their income level. The Italian social security system provides all individuals working in Italy with the opportunity to receive welfare benefits by paying national insurance contributions. This includes EU and non-EU nationals, employed individuals, self-employed individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs.   more ...

  Tips For Staying Healthy In Italy: A Guide To Food And Fitness


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There are many reasons why the Italians stay so healthy. There isn't a culture of abstaining from various foods here, but still most of them remain fit and also happy. There’s the famous Mediterranean diet full of the goodness of olive oil and fresh local produce, and also the fact that mealtimes in Italy are more like events where the focus is on savoring food as well as enjoying the company of family and friends. So it can be said that the secret to the Italians' health and wellbeing is their wholesome approach towards food and the healthy food choices they make quite naturally on a day-to-day basis. The good news is that you can do it too. Here are some food and fitness tips that will help you do as the Italians do, and make your stay in Italy a healthy one.   more ...

  Italy - Five Recommended Expat Blogs


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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Italy and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Surviving in Italy
http://survivinginitaly.com/

A hilarious and irreverent expat blog by M.E. Evans, who grew up in Utah before making the move to Italy. The blog covers all aspects of expat life and is refreshingly honest in its refusal to pretend that everything is always perfect. There are posts about cultural differences, about how to travel around Italy like a pro, and about how being an expat influences the big decisions in life, like when – and whether – to have children.   more ...

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