Relocating to Italy is a sure-fire way to experience la dolce vita for real, and nobody can deny that from pizza and prosecco to Prada and Piaggio, living in Italy offers expats immersive access to a unique and romantic European way of life.
The iconic boot-shaped country has a surprising variety of different areas to choose from. Moving to Italy could mean living in the north with ski slopes on your doorstep, waking up to the rolling Tuscan hills or being surrounded by the beautiful architecture of a historic city, the unique charms of the unexplored south or the islands of Sicily or Sardinia.
LIFESTYLE benefits of living in Italy
- Excellent and varied climate
- World class food and wine
- Beautiful countryside, beaches, mountains and islands
- Rich heritage, steeped in art and culture
- Safe, welcoming family culture
- Effortlessly chic, relaxed lifestyle
PRACTICAL benefits of living in Italy
- Great education, free or paid, local or international
- Excellent healthcare available to all
- Good public transport (but unique driving style!)
- Great location to access Europe and beyond
- Wide variety of property options
- Immersion in another language, with good English spoken
Finding the best place to live in Italy will very much depend on your needs and circumstances. Each city has its individual culture, history and industry based on a rich and long-standing trading past that dates back thousands of years.
Wherever you choose to relocate, education and healthcare throughout Italy is based on a common dedication to offering excellent services that are available to all. The Italian public school system is free, while private international schools are available to serve the expat community. Healthcare in Italy is also freely available, although private insurance is an option.
Moving to ROME, key attractions
- International capital, cosmopolitan lifestyle
- Large expat community, 10% non-Italian population
- Beautiful architecture, museums and galleries
- Great location in the centre of the country
- Centre of politics, business and industry
Finding things to do with kids in Italy is a breeze. Not only is the Italian culture one of Europe’s most family-friendly, it is also based on outside activities, epic family events and – just like in the movies – long multi-generational lunches in the sun where nobody complains while kids run around enjoying themselves.
Moving to MILAN, key attractions
- Perfect location for skiing and Alpine lifestyle
- Italy’s largest city, major hub of industry, growing service sector
- Lower cost of living compared to eg London
- Plenty of international kindergarten and secondary schools
- Great location for international travel with high-speed links
Getting a mortgage in Italy is open for expats and the property market is healthy in the key expat locations. Like any country with a long history, the real estate in Italy dates from chic modern city apartments to historic castles and vineyards.
Whether you’re looking for a ski lodge, a seaside villa or a sleepy house in a village square, or even a substantial townhouse in one of Italy’s main cities, there’s something for every expat looking to relocate.
Moving to TUSCANY and FLORENCE, key attractions
- Achingly beautiful landscape and architecture
- Superb food and wine
- Very popular with English-speaking tourists and residents
- Florence is the ‘cradle of the Rennaisance’
- Easy access to Lucca, Pisa, Chianti, San Gimignano and more
The definition of the best place to live in Italy will depend on whether you are retiring, looking for work or moving with your current company. Or perhaps you are searching for adventure based on the reputation Italy has been presenting in every movie, advertisement and wedding photo for decades.
You can’t be sure that moving to Italy will bring you la dolce vita but it’s certainly likely. And whatever happens, Italy is a country with unique character and a love of life that will certainly give you an experience to remember.