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Advice on moving family to Rome

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Advice on moving family to Rome

Post Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:28 am

Caio tutti!

There's a possibility of a job in Rome starting this Autumn which would involve moving my family to Rome for at least 2 years (wife & 2 kids: 3 year old & 9 months old). My wife & I have worked in many countries, I've worked in Rome for a several months a few years back & we've been visiting Rome for several weeks each of the last 3 years. So we're pretty familiar with the place...however the idea of moving the family there for an extended period means there are a few questions I'd love help with in order to negotiate a realistic relocation/expat deal:

1) Private Health insurance: I understand the public system is fine, if you can afford to wait, but I assume we will want private health insurance as part of the deal. Any thoughts??

2) Organising all the paperwork, permits, utilities, telephone connections, internet, car, accomodation contracts etc...I seen ads for companies that "manage" all that stuff from your arrival until the day you pack up & move out again. Having read about the red tape nightmare, I'm thinking this would be worthwhile. We've used them before in SE Asia, but not in Germany (despite the language barrier & mountain of forms). Any thoughts or recommendations??

3) School: Our 3 year old has been going to pre-school & we're wondering about the pros & cons of immersing her in an italian pre-school or sending her to an international pre-school in Rome. Thoughts, experiences, recommendations in Rome???

4) Where to live: any areas near central Rome that folks recommend to live with a young family: MUST be near a large park!! Aventino seemed lovely residential area but maybe a little remote from a local street scene. We've stayed in Prati several times & thought it was a nice balance of not too noisy, but still local market, cafes, local shops & 15 min walk from Villa Borghese etc. Any thoughts??

5) Any general advice on uprooting to Rome with a young family? Things we should make sure the company sorts out for us??

Grazie mille! Very Happy


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