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Do you need a place to stay? How does flat or apartment rental work? Do you want to buy a property for yourself or investment? Learn all about renting and buying from this article on our web site with photos of real places I rented over several years.

An excerpt: "Although Italian landlords have no problem asking for two to three months of deposits, they have a tendency to be very suspicious of tenants. Almost every single landlord that I spoke to have the mentality that the tenant will likely to not to take good care of the apartment and will leave it in poor condition or destroyed upon moving out. As a result, they tend to put the worst quality things in there and call it “furnished”. "

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By Alessia Ghisi Migliari, Psy.D.

“Elsewhere” can be a choice. Sometimes, simply, you must live “Elsewhere”. It is maybe a magnificent place, the retirement’s Heaven, the experience of youth that you’ll remember with nostalgia. Or the bend you are drawing in your days, because you are brave and curious. But something is quite sure: Elsewhere is both beautiful and distressful.

Italy’s stereotypes include great art, history, landscapes, wine and food (true). They include happy laughing caring people full of joy (not so true or anyway a little exaggerated). I leave the bad stereotypes to your judgment. It is not an easy country, nor linear or simple to understand.

Its people are more articulated, its bureaucracy is a mental strength proof; and the worlds of job, opportunities and the possibility to give chances to the talent are not so real. This is why a lot of young people go abroad.

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The national healthcare system (NHS) in Italy is centrally regulated and managed by regional health authorities. In this article, a practicing Italian medical doctor explains how it works and how it benefits you:

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From the previous forum's archive (read-only, cannot post). General Talk

Some topics from the archive:

Giro D'Italia...anyone watching??

Help! Rec'd Traffic Ticket in Italy (Page: 1, 2)

Mail forwarding services - maintaining a street address in the US.

Requirements Cat Leaving Italy

New Blog on Sicily, Calabria!

Italian Tax ? (Page: 1, 2)

Wedding... Italy or US???

Day Trip to lago alserio or lago pusiano

Where is Everyone (Page: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Any tips on finding reasonable airfare to Italy?

Gift Giving

room for rent in shared house in ceriana, liguria

UPakWeShip Question


Where to live in Italy - how difficult is it to find work? (Page: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Are Italians less PC than others? (Page: 1, 2)

Snow Chains/Snow Tyres - Umbria

Am I selfish or responsible...... (Page: 1, 2, 3 … Last Page)

Buying stuff online from the US when living in Italy
and more...

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A House in San Venanzo - part 3
I don’t even know where to begin this writing. Should I start at the VERY beginning, or should I just continue where I had previously left off? Buying a house in Italy was something that had never occurred to either of us. In fact, the idea of uprooting and retiring to Florida was fairly radical. It’s not that either Art or I aren’t adventurous, but I guess we all have a "comfort zone", and certain basic ideas that we may not even be aware of. For most people like us, you are born and die in the same place. Art had relocated to Louisville many years ago from Florida, so the idea of moving back to Florida would not have been that unusual. Once we realized and verbalized our desire, no, NEED to live in Italy, we set things in motion that assumed a life of their own.

Along the way we have made many, many friends, lost a few too. We have agonized over the falling dollar, and celebrated the sale of our house…at least the first two times we sold it. When the third offer was accepted, I couldn’t find the strength to celebrate…I will save that for the day we actually sign the closing papers. We have struggled to learn as much as we could about the Italian real estate world, banking world, insurance world. It has been amazing to us to discover how differently things are done in Italy. Sometimes that has been a pleasant surprise, other times it has been a frustrating, expensive nightmare. Throughout all of this, we have happily discovered that we DO think alike on many issues. Our commitment to this move has been solid. Even though we have been married for thirteen years, it was still very reassuring to know that if all else were to fail, as long as we had each other everything would be fine.

After the failed attempt to close on the house in April, we returned home to try to correct the codice fiscale which had been issued, Italian style, in my maiden name. After speaking with the consulate in Detroit, and being told that it "must" be issued that way, I was going crazy trying to figure out how to get around this problem. Thanks to the SlowTrav message board (again), and Maria (again), we contacted an Italian immigration attorney, who contacted the consulate to educate them about the law concerning foreigners and codice fiscales. The new codice fiscale, this time carrying my married name, and matching the name on my passport, arrived by fax within 2 days. We thought that this would clear the way for the closing to take place by proxy. Boy, we were wrong!

Continue reading:

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One of the biggest concerns of people living in Italy who rely on a foreign bank is how to get cash. In this article, I will explore the common options and the difficulties associated with currency exchange in Italy.

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Here we are in the middle of preparing for our move to Italy. We are emailing to Italy every day; checking for emails FROM Italy about four times a day. We are still not certain how we will get our money to Italy. We do not yet have a bank account in Italy, and it is impossible for our bank to wire money to the bank itself to hold for our arrival. Our bank here says it must have an account number, and we agree that even if we could make this transfer without an account number, it’s a little scary to send the money and HOPE they receive it, or that they acknowledge it…what would we do if they just said they never received the money? So…we are still trying to figure out the best way, the safest way, the least complicated way, and also the cheapest way of doing this. Due to somewhat recent "anti-Mafia" laws, any bank account that receives large sums of money into it is under suspicion. The account could be frozen, closed, confiscated, who knows what? Bringing cash seemed to be the best bet, then we found out what the exchange rate was, and quickly changed our minds

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Dreaming about moving to Italy? Think again!

Read about the horrendous & hilarious adventures of two Dutchman who took the plunge (and nearly drowned).

"Living in Italy: the Real Deal" available on Amazon. Now FREE.

"A thoroughly entertaining read and a unique introduction to ‘the Italian way’!" (Readers' Favorite ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ )
"Smulders storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining." (Blogcritics and Readerviews ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ )

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Ever dreamt about moving to Italy? Think again! Read the book "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" to learn about the horrendous and the hilarious adventures of two Dutchmen who took the plunge (and nearly drowned).

"A thoroughly entertaining read and a unique introduction to ‘the Italian way’!"
(Readers' Favorite)
"Smulders storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining."
(Blogcritics and Readerviews)

In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up a B&B. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration: what it was like to buy and renovate a house, to import a car, to gain residency, and much more. The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.

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