Moving to Italy: Things you should know before you immigrate to Italy

Millions of tourists worldwide visit Italy every year, but have you ever wondered how to move to Italy? Eurosender’s low-cost and reliable solutions for international removals to Italy will save you on the average costs of moving to Italy and give you the cheapest way to move furniture to Italy. You can calculate your cost of moving to Italy, right now for free. Let’s explore what you should know before you immigrate to Italy.

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THE BASICS

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Italy is one of the most popular countries for tourists to visit, and many fall in love with its many attractions and decide to move to Italy from USA, UK, Australia and all over the world. Picturesque scenery, delicious cuisine and its rich history and culture are just a few reasons you should pack up your belongings and settle into life in Italy.
Capital
Rome
Timezone
UTC +1
Currency
Euro (€)
Population
60.000.000
Official Language
Italian
Dialling code
+39
Emergency number
112
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

The cost of moving to Italy – International removals to Italy

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Visa regulations for Italy

For citizens of EU/EEA member countries – there are no visa regulations or requirements for Italy. Those who intend on living and working in Italy will not need a work permit. However, you will be required to register yourself at your local municipality, and to prove you have enough means to be self-sufficient when you immigrate to Italy from Germany, UK or anywhere else in the EU.

For citizens of non-EU member countries – unless your country is exempt, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa at your nearest Italian embassy allowing you to visit for up to 90 days. Countries which are exempt include USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. For a full list of exemptions, please check the embassy’s website. For citizens of non-EU member countries, including US citizens living and working in Italy – you will need to apply for a work and residency permit.

Please check with the Italian immigration website for a full list of conditions and requirements. You will also need to register yourself with the local municipality within 3 days of moving to Italy.

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Property in Italy

There are many cities that expats choose to settle in when they move to Italy from the UK, USA, Australia or anywhere else. Rental prices can differ greatly between major cities and small towns but we have included the average rental prices for one-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, whether you’re moving to Italy alone, or moving to Italy with a family.

  • Rome: A one-bedroom apartment in the centre of town will cost between €800 – €1.200. For a three-bedroom apartment, you can expect to pay between €1.300 – €3.000 per month.
  • Milan: For a one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Milan, prices range between €800 – €1.600 per month, whereas a three-bedroom apartment can cost per month between €2.000 – €3.500.
  • Naples: Moving to Naples alone, you can expect to pay between €500 – €850 for a one-bedroom apartment and €800 – €1.500 per month for 3 bedrooms.

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LIVING IN ITALY

The cost of living in Italy

If you are moving to Italy from the UK, USA or Germany, the cost of living in Italy will seem lower than at home. However, compared to other European countries, the cost of living, especially in bigger cities is quite high, especially with rent, utilities, and entertainment. If you are moving to Italy alone, you can save on your cost of living by sharing an apartment or considering taking public transport rather than driving in Italy.

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The job market in Italy

Unfortunately, the job market in Italy is struggling, and as a result, many Italians migrate to work in other parts in Europe. Job opportunities for foreigners in Italy can be found in industries like agriculture, tourism, automotive, chemical manufacturing and media. Many expats also choose to open a business, as there are few English-speaking jobs in Italy. If you choose to start a business, or you do find employment and are moving to Italy from the USA, make sure you pay attention to how you are taxed and ensure you have a work permit for Italy.


Education in Italy

If you are moving to Italy with children, you’ll be pleased to know that education in Italy is free. However, the public-school system is conducted in all Italian. There are international schools available for foreigners moving to Italy from the UK, USA or other English-speaking countries, however, these private schools are expensive. It is a great idea to save money on the cost of living in Italy to learn Italian.

Preschool
Age: 3 – 5
Compulsory: no
Elementary School
Age: 6 – 11
Compulsory: yes
Middle School
Age: 12-16
Compulsory: yes
Secondary School
Age: 16-18
Compulsory: no

Healthcare in Italy

The quality of healthcare in Italy is quite high, and for those moving to Italy from the USA, UK, or Europe, you have the public or private system to choose from. Public healthcare is provided by the state, and anyone employed is given health insurance through their employer. If you are thinking of relocating to Italy from the USA or anywhere else, it is certainly a good idea to take out private health insurance to avoid some long queues and access some better services.


Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy, you will notice the traffic in major cities can be chaotic, so if you are planning to move to Rome, Naples or Milan, you should consider public transport instead. If you are moving to Italy from the USA, Australia or anywhere outside the EU, you should ensure you have an international driving permit and remember to exchange your license to an Italian one after some time.

For those immigrating from other EU countries, you can continue to use your local license for as long as it is valid.

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What else to expect when living in Italy

  • Italy has an increasing number of illegal immigrants trying to immigrate to Italy from neighbouring African countries. This is why, when planning to immigrate to Italy, you will notice the bureaucracy moves very slow.
  • Italy is culturally rich, and regardless of where you live in Italy, every town has an interesting history and ancient ruins.
  • The quality of fresh food is amazing, due to the climate. This is a great way to save on the cost of living in Italy and learn to cook at home.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to Italy from the USA

Universal healthcare, education and a high standard of living attract many expats from the USA to move to Italy each year, but crossing oceans to move your belongings is one huge factor you will need to consider. Eurosender’s solutions for international removals to Italy, low-cost standard shipping or freight options are just a few ways we can take some of the stress out of moving to Italy. You can get an instant price estimate right now, or contact our team of experts who can tailor a solution to suit any shipping need.

Moving to Italy from the UK

Moving to Italy from the UK, you will no doubt want to save on your average cost of moving house, so how can you be sure you have found the cheapest way to move furniture to Italy? Eurosender’s vast network of logistics partners are the most reliable and world-renowned, and we match you with the best international removal service to Italy, at the best price. Reach out to our team of experts, who can tailor a solution to suit any sized move to any destination, including shipping from the UK to Italy.

Moving to Italy from Australia

Home to a huge Italian expat community, it is no surprise more Australian expats are choosing to discover their roots and move to Italy from Australia. Why not consider Eurosender’s affordable international removals to Italy, offering freight options for large shipments, as well as express options if you wish to travel a little lighter. Trusted by many expats worldwide, our vast logistics network means you will be matched with the right service at the best price available.


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