Moving to Italy

If appealing Italy has captivated you, then you may be thinking of moving to Italy for vacation, relocating, or just for working there for a while. Then, if one of these is your case, you need to be well-informed about this country and its rules. Right when you make the decision of moving to Italy, the process should start. It would be a good idea to organize your moving in advance, so this way you may avoid stress. Taking into consideration some essential things we detail below will help you. Here, we present to you some Italian facts, brief information about what you need to know before moving to Italy, information about permits and some tips for getting ready to move.

Italy facts

  • Official name: Italian Republic
  • Location: Southern Europe
  • Size of the territory: 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia)
  • Population: 60,642,308 (Italy is considered as one of the most crowded countries in Europe)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Italian (Other foreign languages are also spoken in Italy. Those are German in the province of South Tyrol, French in the Aosta Valley, among others).
  • Religion: 87.8% of the population are Roman Catholics.

Things to know about before moving to Italy

Once you decide to move to Italy, you must think about your accommodation. You can rent or buy a department or house to find one; we invite you to read the section real estate in our guide.

If you already have a department or house where to live in, it is for sure you know something about the city where it is located. Can you imagine being there? Of course, one of the first things you will need is to communicate with local people. If you want to integrate well into Italian society, then you must learn the Italian language. You can get a good command of the language, working hard on it. If you do that before arriving in Italy, it would be great. 

Remember that moving to another country involves also knowing about their laws, customs, education system, health system, etc. so reading some information about this can help you. 

Regarding permits and visas, if you are planning to travel to Italy for a short time, then getting a three-month permit will be enough. It can be renewed for another three months. On the other hand, if you think of staying for more than six months, you will be required to get an extended stay permit (you will be required to have a visa). Two of the different Visas are:

  • Residency Visa: This Visa requires you to have an independent income. It won’t allow you to work in Italy, so you will have to prove you have enough money for your support during your stay. The ownership of a home or a rental agreement will be needed.
  • Work Visa: From all the kinds of Visa, it is the most difficult to obtain and you will need it if you want to apply for a job in Italy. It is divided according to the types of applicants: independent work (freelancers, consultants, etc.), dependent work (employers employed by Italian companies), and performing arts work (for musicians and actors). To obtain this Visa, you must have letters saying that an Italian company intends to hire you. 

Moving process tips

For many people, moving can mean a headache, but facing things with a positive attitude can change it. The organization is the key to a non-complicated moving. It would be best if you organized everything in advance. Also, you can contact moving companies to get help.

Moving companies also offer international moving services that you can contract to have all your things in Italy. Your move to Italy can be a simple thing. Let them help you with your move and enjoy your new life in Italy. You must look for a professional one that guarantees an excellent service, and that be according to your budget.

Moving is more than packing all your stuff in cardboard boxes, moving means to leave a place and its memories, to come to a new environment and be around new people. This process can be usually stressful and overwhelming, but taking in mind the following things can be a good idea:

  • The first thing to do when moving is to sort and organize your belongings.
  • Get rid of everything that is not useful to your new home, fill boxes with items to be donated or go to the trash.
  • Before you start packing things, keep a list of everything you need to have at hand, such as buying boxes, labels, etc.
  • Every time you fill a box, seal it properly and make sure to put a label stating the contents of the box and the room in the new house they should be allocated. It is also important to note the position where the boxes should be carried in case there are fragile things that cannot move much.
  • Objects must be grouped according to their type during the packing process.
  • Always carry a list of things that need to be done and make sure to cross out what has been done.
  • Once the last thing is already on the moving truck, check every corner of the house to make sure you have not forgotten anything.

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