is a country of beauty, art and history. Italians are warm, expressive
and passionate. Most of the time, the country has a sunny climate
which has made it a favorite place for tourists to go during the
Even in winter, Italy is alive with life. The
activities simply shift from the coast to the cities and no matter
what the season art is everywhere. It is in their architecture,
in their clothes, in their jewelery, in their paintings. It is even
in their food. Anyone who loves beauty, art, romance and life will
definitely enjoy living in Italy.
If you decide to live in Italy, learning the language
would be a good idea. It is easier to get around if you can understand
what people are saying to you. It also makes it a lot easier for
you to carry conversations.
The people are very patient. They do not mind
that you may not be fluent in their language, as long as you keep
trying. Soon, you will get the hang of it and will be able to communicate
well with your neighbours.
Since you would be staying more than 30 days,
you would also need to have a permesso di soggiorno (permit to stay).
Full citizens of the EU need only to renew their permesso di soggiomo
at the police station. They would need the carta ballota (special
document paper) which can be purchased from tabaccherie (tabaconists).
Generally, other foreigners would need to have
an entry visa from the Italian embassy before entering the country
since they are staying more than 3 months. They would also need
to go to the police station and get a peremesso di soggiomo
or permit to stay. Once they receive the permit, they have twenty
days to report to the local Vital Statistics Bureau or Anagrafe
of the commune to apply for residency. A Certificate di Residenza
(residence certificate) is usually issued after a month or two.
Even while waiting for your residence certificate
you can already begin to look around for your new home. In fact
it makes sense for you to have prepared the necessary paperwork
like applying for an Italian tax number from the Italian consulate
in your country of origin before you even left the country. It would
help speed up the process for you.
You may prefer to stay in an apartment (appartamento)
until you can find a house (casa) of your own. It will cost you
less than staying in an inn or hotel in the long run.
It makes sense to look for a place to live
that is near where you will work. You may or may not have a car
in your first few months so it is best to have a place that is commutable
to where you work.