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5 Places You Might Want To move To In Italy But Have Probably Never Heard Of

Saturday August 23, 2014 (17:39:37)

The shrinking local workforce in Italy has been attracting several foreign immigrants for the last decade or so. Many retired American and British citizens have also moved to this country to enjoy its relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. More than 350,000 expats are reported to move to Italy every year, from all across the globe. The larger expat communities are usually found in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Ancona. The cost of living in these regions is on the higher side, because they also attract a large number of tourists.

If you are planning to settle down in Italy for a few years, these are some places you might like living in but have probably not heard of:   more ...

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5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In Italy

Thursday July 03, 2014 (02:52:40)

Although the history of golf in Italy goes back over a century, its beginnings in the region can be traced to Florence, which was an English colony at the time. Till today, the game has never truly taken hold in Italy. Approximately 125 years since the foundation of the first golf club, the country has only around 250 golf courses. In spite of this, Italy has somehow managed to offer some truly magnificent golf courses, whether you want to consider the architecture of the course or the beauty of the landscape. Here are five Italian golf courses that you must visit while you live there.

The Biella Golf Club
The Biella Golf Club, known otherwise as Le Betulle (The Birches), is located near the foot of the Alps, between Turin and the Aosta Valley.   more ...

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Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Italy? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Saturday June 28, 2014 (12:09:18)

Italy is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery and the entire country has something to offer. The northern region is more developed and hence has better work opportunities. Many expats prefer to settle in central Italy where infrastructure is good. The South of Italy is a great place to unwind with its fresh air, pleasant weather and open spaces. If you’re not relocating as part of a company transfer, it may be confusing to decide where in Italy to settle down. The country after all expands over 300,000 square kilometers and is packed with cultural diversity. Here are some of the Italian destinations that are popular among expats.

The capital city of Rome is the political, economic and diplomatic center of the country.   more ...

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A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Italy

Wednesday April 30, 2014 (13:38:21)

Italian cuisine is laden with rich regional variations and almost every town and village has their own specialties. The north of Italy displays a greater influence of French and Austrian cuisine with emphasis on richer and creamier meat and rice dishes.

The south features lighter fare dominated by ingredients like fish, tomatoes and olive oil. To get you better acquainted with the intricacies of the country’s cuisine, here is a short guide to food and drink for expats in Italy.


The terms ristorante and trattoria are often used to describe eateries in Italy. A ristorante usually refers to a more upmarket eatery, while a trattoria is more affordable and serves up home-style cooking.   more ...

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5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Italy

Tuesday March 18, 2014 (15:03:43)

There are many reasons why expats are drawn to Italy. It has a reputation as a country of art and culture, great food and wine, and warm, lively people that believe in living life to the fullest. Here are five good reasons that just might convince you to move to Italy.


One of the things Italy is most famous for is its food. Whether it’s the espresso, the myriad pasta dishes or the cheeses, Italian cuisine is perhaps the most popular cuisine in the world. Countries across the world have embraced Italian food and blended it into their own culinary culture, and with good reason.   more ...

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Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Italy - Some Tips For Expats

Tuesday February 18, 2014 (03:51:14)

When travelling or staying abroad, striking up a conversation with locals can sometimes be quite challenging. You may find yourself feeling frustrated or anxious when attempting to communicate the simplest things. Many tourists and expats – and locals alike – are known to lose their temper once in a while on account of the communication gap.

In Italy, it is quite easy to get by without speaking much Italian, especially in the major cities like Rome, Milan and Venice. The staff at most hotels, restaurants, transportation services, and shops are proficient in English. But communication difficulties may occur when travelling to the rural regions or the smaller cities of the country.   more ...

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Finding a Broadband Provider in Italy

Thursday September 26, 2013 (03:37:40)

Twenty years ago, the idea that you couldn’t survive without the internet was a strange prospect. Nowadays, however, we’re connected all the time: chatting to friends on Facebook, emailing documents to clients and contacts, checking newswires and weather forecasts. Moving to a new country can be daunting when it comes to choosing a broadband provider who can actually deliver a fast service without too many hidden charges.

Unfortunately for those who don’t speak the language, the vast majority of ISPs’ websites are written in Italian. In terms of choices available, the range of services are much the same as they are in the UK or US: wireless, cable, DSL and dial-up are the four options to choose from. Of course, dial-up isn’t ideal and if you’re moving to a remote area you’ll need to check that broadband is available and that speeds aren’t prohibitively low. In general, however, you’ll find a similar speed of service to those you’re used to elsewhere; the infrastructure is well-developed and connection problems are relatively few. Now all you need to do is choose where your bills will be coming from, and when everything is new and confusing, that is easier said than done. We’ve put together an overview of some of the available services.   more ...

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Italy for Expat Winter Sports Enthusiasts

Friday May 10, 2013 (23:52:14)
Piemonte, Italy
Ski slopes and fresh powder are probably not the first things that spring to mind when thinking about about a getaway to Italy. However, the distribution of winter resorts throughout the country is impressive enough to shock those who base their idea of Italy's terrain upon repeat viewings of Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti Westerns.' It may not have the reputation of the French Alps, yet the considerable landmass of Italy - 116,347 square miles all told - is able to support over 100 ski areas and resorts.

At least 40% of Italy's terrain is mountainous, with topographic maps showing the massive Apennine range extending to almost the full length of the Italian peninsula. Winter sports enthusiasts are therefore spoiled for choice here whether they reside in the north of Italy or in Sicily, and should have no trouble finding outlets for skiing, snowboarding, and other activities requiring the aid of snowfall and cold temperatures. As such, it should come as less of a surprise that Italy fields a national men's ice hockey team with a number of respectable finishes (in spite of their regularly having to contend with the impassable forces of Eastern and Northern Europe.)   more ...

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How Safe is Sicily for Expats?

Friday May 03, 2013 (18:16:01)
Zingaro nature reserve, Sicily
Many famous locations on the globe have been, for better or worse, reduced in the public mind to a single defining feature or concept. If we were to play a simple word association game with famous global destinations, we might get, say, simple reductions like "beach" for Miami, "cowboy" for Texas, or "mafia" for Sicily. Ever since novelist Mario Puzo got the ball rolling in the late 1960s, Sicily - and the U.S. delegation of the mafia to come from there - has been practically fused in the public imagination to the image of sharply dressed, quick-tempered, ruthless underworld operatives who either greet you with a 'kiss of death' or by leaving a severed horse's head in your bed. It's a captivating image, to be sure, but is it relevant at all for the present day?

Who is Really the Most Dangerous Group in Italy?

The mafia has been historically most active in both rural and urban portions of western Sicily, also hosting a kind of coordinating committee in and around the Palermo region (significantly, this 'belly of the beast' has also been the center of anti-mafia activism).   more ...

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Should Expats Be Concerned About the Italian Economy?

Friday May 03, 2013 (15:40:48)

In recent years, Italy has seemed to outside observers like a country in constant, chaotic flux, with the recent governmental transition being major proof of this. The recent chaotic general election in the country, which generated no fewer than five inconclusive ballots, finally ended on April 20 with the re-election of Giorgio Napolitano.

However, it is not the indecisiveness and / or apathy of the electorate which is the problem, so much as the economic situation which may be exacerbated by lack of confidence in whatever governmental coalition Napolitano manages to form. The Economist reports that the country is staring down a debt of €2 trillion, prompting worries throughout the continent of a here-we-go-again bailout plan similar to those affecting Greece and Cyprus.   more ...