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advice on living in Italy

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advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 11:07 pm

My husband, 3 sons and I have been living in northern Italy for 2 1/2 years. I have lots of info to share. Ask me!
ciao,
corina

 

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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:48 am

Corina,

Welcome to Expat Focus and thanks for offering to share your experiences.

By coincidence, I received an email just the other day from a couple planning to move to Italy who were looking for some advice, I'll mail them back and let them know about you and this forum!

Jamie


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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:11 am

I am interested in any info you can give me about taking your family over to Italy. Did you speak the language, sell everything before you went, buy property, etc. Please tell me how you liked it. Thanks for the info,
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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:16 pm

HI Joywin,
We took everything we owned including a dog and cat, to Italy. we didn't speak one word of Italian. Our kids were 5, 10 and 12 when we left NY.
It has been extemely traumatic for them, which I think it will most likely be if your kids are school age.
However we have become a stronger and closer family as a result.
We are living in a beautiful place, but it will never replace family and friends back home.
good luck,
Corina

 

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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:03 pm

Where did you move to Italy from? Why did you pick Northern Italy? How have your children adjusted? Did your family already speak Italian? Any info on your move there and adjustment for the family would be greatly appreciated!!
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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:04 pm

We moved to Northern Italy because it is where my husband's job is.
How your family adjusts depends on many factors.
Are you being transferred by a job?
Is the future employer paying for all expenses?
Will they help with immigration issues?
Will you recieve help finding a home?
Is there an international school in your chosen area?
How many ex-pats live in the chosen town or area?
How big is the town?
Are you well off?

or
Are you planning to do this independently?
Are you retired?

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Re: advice on living in Italy

Post Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:34 pm

We are moving independently. We currently own our own business and will be able to either retain the business and live abroad, or sell the business prior to our move.

As far as the schooling for our children goes, we will have them attend a school that is the same as the one here in the US that they currently attend - they have many of the same schools throughout the world, thankfully. However, our relocation will need to be to an area where they have a school.

We have so many questions and potential issues, although we have moved from state to state quite a bit here, we have never moved internationally, and whether or not to move our household belongings is a question - one of about a hundred!! Very Happy

We are believe the UK would be a good location for us, but haven't decided on exactly where. We are heading there June 9th for about 3 weeks for the first go round, check out the different places that we might like, visit the schools, etc., then again in the winter to do more of the same. We are counting on the process of decision making to take a while.

I hear Italy is just beautiful, I have never been there unfortunately. And, so far, I have not found one of the schools there either.
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