Living in Italy guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Italy.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Italy

Banking in Italy

If you plan to settle down in Italy, you will want to open a bank account, which you can do as a resident or non-resident.

Healthcare in Italy

Italy has a fantastic healthcare system but the standard of healthcare varies from region to region. This is because public ...

Post-COVID-19 changes in Italy

Italy is one of the most affected countries by the global health crisis, so much that the lifestyle there has been transformed in ...

Health insurance in Italy

Once you have moved to Italy, you will probably need healthcare one day or another. Therefore, it's essential to know how the ...

Accidents and emergencies in Italy

During your stay in Italy, besides administrative issues like visas, finding a job and enrolling at universities, it's ...

Having a baby in Italy

If you're an expecting mother in Italy, you probably have a lot of questions about what it's like to be a mom in a ...

Things to see and to do in Italy

Being an expatriate in Italy also means enjoying a number of leisure activities in your free time. Between art museums ...

The Italian lifestyle

Family, gastronomy, arts, etc., are just some of the elements that describe the way of life in Italy. Here is a complete summary ...

Getting married in Italy

Italy is the romantic country par excellence, so you might consider getting married there, whether both you and your soulmate are ...

Working in Italy

Unless you are retired or studying in Italy, you are probably going to want to look for a job to support yourself. Our guide to ...

The Italian labour market

Rich in history, culture, and good food, it's no surprise that every year thousands of visitors decide to pack up to relocate to ...

Working in Turin

As with many cities in Italy's industrial north, Turin has weathered the impacts of the global economic crisis more than most ...

Working in Florence

Florence is an easy place to fall in love with, so it is no surprise that it is one of Italy's most popular destinations for ...

Internships in Italy

Like most European countries, internships play an important role in shaping education and giving young people valuable work ...

Starting a business in Italy

Italy's reputation for bureaucracy, red tape, corruption, and structural issues have historically positioned Italy unfavourably ...

About Italy

As an expat destination, Italy is an appealing choice. There is already a large expat community in Italy, particularly in bigger cities such as Milan, Turin, and Rome, as well as historically touristic destinations like Florence. Italy is also a founding member of the EU, which means that citizens of any other EU country have the right to live and work here.

Regions of Italy

Italy is comprised of 20 regions: Abruzzo, Aosta Valley, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Trentino-Alto Adige, Umbria, and Veneto. Each of these regions is divided into provinces - Italy has a total of 110. Of the 20 regions, five have an autonomous status, which means they can enact legislation locally. These regions are:

  • Sicily
  • Sardinia
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Aosta Valley

The southern regions of the country are largely mountainous and warm, whilst the northern regions are flatter and cooler. Italy is surrounded by the sea and features several thousand kilometres of coastline. The northern regions of the country have more developed business, services, and industry sectors, whilst the South is predominantly agricultural, although it is increasingly relying on the tourist industry too, especially in cities like Venice, Rome, Florence or the regions of Puglia or Sicily, for example.

Rome is the capital city of Italy, and also the country's largest city. Milan is the economic capital and financial heart of Italy - it is also a city that is developing in modernity and dynamism.

Cost of living in Italy

Expatriates should keep in mind that the cost of living in Italy varies from one region to another and tends to be higher in the north, where wages are also higher, especially in Milan, the capital the country's economy. The city of Rome, on the other hand, is cheaper, but wages are also lower.

Climate in Italy

Italy enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. In general, the summers are hot and dry or humid, depending on the area, and the winters cool and humid. Snow is common in the North and summers in the South can reach 45°C.

Language in Italy

Italian is the main language, although German is spoken in the Northern area of the country near the Italian border, and some French is spoken in the Val d'Aosta region. Most people in big towns and cities have a decent command of the English language, although in smaller towns and cities you may struggle to find people who can communicate in English.

Each region of Italy also has its own dialect, some of which have been recognized as official languages such as Sardinian or Neapolitan.

Economy in Italy

Whilst Italy weathered severe damage from the global financial crisis, the economy is strong, with a high per capita GDP and relatively low levels of employment.

Travelling in Italy

You can reach Italy by land, sea and air. The north of the country has a very developed road infrastructure, making cities and streets easily accessible. The South is also developing. The rail network, meanwhile, spans over some 15,000 kilometres across the country, while Sicily, Sardinia and other islands have a ferry system.

The country also has a wide network of airports in major cities. These are served by frequent daily flights from around the world.

Useful links:

Italia Tourist Board
HSBC Italy Expat Guide
Economic forecast for Italy

Quick Information

Capital : Rome
Official Languages : Italian , Sardinian , Catalan; Valencian , Corsican , Slovenian
Currency : Euro
Area : 301230 Km2
Population : 60340328
Calling Code : +39
Timezone : Europe/Rome

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