European Destination Guide – Italy
Fact file on Italy
Capital City: Rome
Population: 60.8 million
Language: Italian. However, different regions of the country have dialects that are linguistically unique from each other. Natives will use dialect languages at home, reserving standard Italian when conversing with Italians from other regions, and with foreigners. Minority languages include French, German and Slovene.
Business opportunities: It’s advisable to secure work in Italy before making the move, as opportunities can be difficult to come by. According to the expatinfodesk.com, there are currently shortages in the science and IT industries.
Climate: Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Coastal areas are generally warm due to high sea temperature, whilst mountain ranges to the north can experience snow. Thunderstorms are not uncommon in northern regions.
Average income per person: €22, 000
Average life expectancy: 82 years
The Italian Way of Life
- Delve deep into history and art: Italian history is world-renowned, with some areas akin to an open-air museum. Ruins, monuments, galleries and churches are packed into this country with such abundance that culture-vultures will never get bored. Historic cities of Rome and Naples are complemented by the artistic hubs of Florence and Venice, showcasing an array of treasures from Roman artefacts to the Renaissance masterpieces.
- A nation of foodies: Dining is not a rushed affair in Italy, nor is it a time to sit in front of the TV. The locals like to savour their meals, coupling dinner with a glass of wine and good company. Fresh produce and well-flavoured foods are important to Italians; most commonly eaten are pastas, pizza, breads, cheeses and cured meats, not to mention plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables. Coffee is a strong national vice, and you will find coffee houses well-populated throughout the day.
- Emotion and passion: Public outbursts of emotion are likely to generate uncomfortable reactions in Britain, but not so much in Italy. Whilst Italians are a friendly and welcoming people, they also stay true to how they feel and are likely to share it with you, positive or negative. All in all, Italians have a zest for life and a commitment to friends and family that other cultures could learn from.
- Living at a leisurely pace: Italians take their time, savouring each moment and enjoying life with a relaxed approach – this may seem an alien concept to expats from the fast-paced British Isles, but it is a way of life that is worth learning from and replicating. Italians also go to bed later and rise later – even the children!
- Learn the language: If you stick to the tourist centres of Italy, you will find that most shopkeepers and waiters are proficient in English. However, once you leave these areas you may find that decent English-speakers are hard to come by. Italians are proud of their language, so if you want to make it your home, learning the local lingo will help you settle in more easily.
Managing your finances in Italy
Banking in Italy is fairly straightforward. To open an account, bring along a passport, proof of address, your residence card/evidence of employment and your tax identification number. Applications must be made in person at an Italian embassy in the UK, or alternatively at an Agenzia delle Entrate in Italy.
Cost of living will vary depending which area of Italy you reside in, but generally it is higher in the cities. Whilst salaries are very reasonable, taxes are high, meaning that Italy is on the more expensive end of European countries.
Ease of moving
Living and working in EU countries, such as Italy, is relatively simple for other EU members. However, with the triggering of Brexit, UK citizens may find the process becomes more complex with application for visas and work permits possibly being required.
Moving abroad checklist:
- Make sure you have all required documentation, such as in-date passports and any required visas and permits.
- Inform utility companies, medical professionals and banks (in the UK and Italy) of your intended move to avoid unnecessary charges.
- Take the opportunity to declutter your home – this makes for a less complicated move and fewer required removal vehicles.
- Remember to bring cash with you, especially if you haven’t yet sorted out a bank account.
- Choose a reliable removals company who are skilled and experienced at European removals – a firm such as The Whittle Group.
- Make sure you have enough packing materials on hand to minimise breakage – a decent removals company should be able to help with this.
- Ensure you label all boxes by room to make the unpacking process simple.
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