Moving to Italy: The Essentials

Moving to Italy: The Essentials

20 August 2014

Italy is an attractive location for people in the UK looking to relocate abroad. Common attractive qualities are the weather, vibrant culture, and food. Before making a decision however, there are important things to consider. Below are a few things that can be helpful to know before making a move to Italy.

Learn more about Italy

Generally speaking, it’s easy to fall in love with a place we visit on holiday, and Italy is no exception. The problem is that we mainly only experience the good side of things as a tourist. Day to day concerns like living costs and property prices are not at the forefront of our minds. Before committing to making a life changing move, try to visit Italy again a few times on a fact finding mission, paying attention to these things during your visit. If a fact finding tour is out of the question, then try researching as much as you can online and ask any Italian friends, or people you know that moved there, about what you need to take into account and what will be involved in a relocation.

Check important documents, and what to expect

If you have found a house you like and are planning to go ahead with your relocation, it’s a good idea to check you all your important documents are valid and up to date. These might include things like your passport and driving licence. You should also apply fro an EU medical card if moving from the UK or anywhere else in the EU, as Italy runs a state healthcare system that you will be eligible for. If you’re moving from the UK, you won’t need a visa, as you are an EU citizen, but check visa requirements online if moving from other countries outside the EU.

Learn Italian

While many other languages are spoken in Italy, having some basic Italian will go a long way to not only helping you settle in, but will also be valuable when looking over any official documents or housing contracts. If you are unsure about any of the details on such documents, and aren’t a fluent speaker, be sure to get a friend or someone you know who does speak good Italian to lend a helping hand. If you get a chance to do a research trip to Italy, use the time to try and acclimatise yourself to the culture of your area, so you will have some idea what to expect, and be able to decide whether you will feel comfortable in the community.

Forwarding Address, and changing currency

Although you will need to set up a new bank account and insurance policies in Italy, make sure you notify all these companies of your new address, in case they need to contact you for any reason. Also, make sure to have a moving budget, and convert this budget into Euros, so you know exactly how much you will have once you have relocated.

Choosing International Movers

Weigh up your options carefully, and try to get a number of quotes from potential companies. Depending on your budget and preference, you might want to ship your goods via container storage, or perhaps use international movers. Using container movers can work out slightly cheaper in some cases, although you will have to pack and unpack your belongings yourself. However you choose to move, make sure to have some essentials that can be taken with you in case the bulk of your items arrive after you do.

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