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Incredible food. Rich history. Breathtaking views. Inspiring art. Thriving culture.
We could go on for days about all the reasons that make Italy an incredible place to live for foreigners, expatriates, and everybody in between.
The country is so stunning that, in some cases, the most challenging part about moving there is deciding where to live.
Rome, Florence, Pisa....Bologna and so many other places
LIFE FOR EXPATS IN ROME
In the Lazio province, Rome is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. It’s also a fabulous choice for expatriates – especially those that have families with children.
Rome is home to a variety of top-notch private and international schools. It’s also a friendly city that makes it easy for ex-pats to feel comfortable and acclimate to Italian life.
This walkable city is best known for its incredible culture and historical sites. But it has much more to offer than just the famous sites of the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trevi Fountain. Rome also has a flourishing nightlife, and there are always plenty of museums and restaurants to try.
LIFE FOR EXPATS IN FLORENCE
Florence's small (and stunning) city offers an outstanding balance between city living and village life. Tuscany has its airport, so it's easy to travel in and out of Florence for business or pleasure.
For expatriates looking to advance their careers, it's an excellent choice for anyone in the financial or pharmaceutical industries.
Florence is home to many foreigners, and it's a beautiful city that's easy to navigate and full of interesting and exciting things to do. It's easy to feel comfortable in Florence, especially if you prefer a calm lifestyle too hectic city living.
The safe, walkable city of Bologna is known for welcoming and friendly to ex-pats. It functions as one of Europe’s main educational centres and holds exceptionally high standards for education.
For music lovers, it’s also one of Italy’s leading cultural centres (and a recognized UNESCO City of Music).
LIVING IN PISA
There’s a lot more to Pisa than the leaning tower. This beautiful city in Tuscany has museums, cathedrals, and wineries. It’s a walkable city that’s safe to travel through, and it offers a great nightlife experience for those who love to go out and let off some steam.
GENOA FOR FOREIGNERS
This historic port city is perfect for English-speaking ex-pats who haven’t yet honed their Italian language skills. It’s a great place to work and an LGBT-friendly town that makes it very comfortable for various people.
Located on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, Oristano offers a lower cost of living than most major Italian cities. With beautiful beaches surrounded by clean water, it’s a perfect choice for any ex-pat looking to live a quiet, slow pace of life.
Other Cities in Italy Worth Considering
Is one of the cities above the best one for you? There are lots of other great places in Italy that you can choose from. Four of our other favourite spots for ex-pats are:
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?
Italy is full of incredible cities, towns, and villages, and it cannot be easy to decide where to lay down your roots.
When planning your move to Italy, decide whether to live in a significant or small city. Consider the cost of living and ensure you can afford the lifestyle you want. If you plan to work, consider the type of job opportunities available. If you have children, weigh the options for education.
Do your research before you go, and you’re sure to be able to find the place that’s perfect for you.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.