U.S. Commercial Service, www.buyusa.gov, offers assistance to help U.S. businesses export goods and services to markets worldwide, including Italy.
The Economist is a British weekly newsmagazine reporting on the global economy, politics etc. The Country Briefings, compiled for 60 countries by the Economist Intelligence Unit, provides extensive economic and political data, as well as links to articles. Take a look at the Italy Country Briefing.
AmCham EU - American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, www.eucommittee.be. Avenue des Arts 53, 1000 Brussels, Belgium; Tel: 32 2 513 68 92; Fax: 32 2 513 79 28; email@example.com
EUbusiness.com is an independent online business news and information service about the European Union, including Italy.
U.S. Government Export Portal publishes Country & Industry Market Reports, Commercial guides, and other essential information for doing business abroad, including Italy.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a lot of economic information about its member states, including Italy.
| Expatriate Websites and Resources for Italy
Expatriates face many challenges during their time abroad, and reliable facts and information about Italy and all things Italian are important for a successful stay there. To help make adjusting to Italy a little easier, we have compiled a list of websites and organizations that support expatriates in Italy and provide useful information. But adjustment to a new country, such as Italy, is made easier not only by factual information and practical tips but also by local contacts and personal advice. The enormous increase in social networking, blogging, and groups in recent years has made this kind of information easy to come by. We have included a selection of these resources, together with listings of websites that provide practical and important information for those living abroad or planning to move overseas, including a number of websites that promote and list group meetings and support networks of expatriates and people with common interests. Some of the listed websites also have discussion forums where expatriates share all kinds of information, advice, and experiences about living in Italy.
English Yellow Pages, www.englishyellowpages.it. A directory of English-speaking professionals, organizations and businesses in Italy. It includes classified ads, job link, photo gallery and current events concerning the expatriate English-speaking community.
Expat Exchang provides a wealth of resources and articles, as well as a forum.The site has a few useful articles and links about Italy.
Expat Focus provides information and resources for expatriates for a large number of countries, including Italy. The website also host forums and blogs for expats.
Expats in Italy provides assistance for expatriates and those moving to italy.
Expatriates.com an online community for expatriates, has a section on Italy, with classified ads, links, and a bulletin board.
FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas), www.fawco.org, is an international network to support American women living abroad with over 70 member clubs worldwide, including six members clubs in Italy.
The Informer, www.informer.it, is an online guide for expatriate life in Italy, with particular emphasis on resolving problems relating to Italy’s byzantine bureaucracy (e.g. immigration, work permits, driving licenses, renting/buying property, healthcare, pension rights, recognition of professional qualifications, taxes, marriage/divorce, writing a will, etc.).
Meetup, www.meetup.com, lists group meetings in cities around the world to help bring people with common interests together and promote the development of active local communities. Search for expatriate groups in Italy all over the country.
Moving to Italy, moving2italy2.blogspot.com, is a blog whose expatriate host has collected some very good links covering many aspects of life in Italy.
Network for Living Abroad provides miscellaneous information and articles for expatriates for a variety of countries, including Italy.
Newcomers Club Worldwide Directories is a worldwide directory of newcomers clubs for newly arrived expatriates, including Italy.
British Expats is a website dedicated to British expats around the world, including a forum on Italy.
BritishExpats.com is another website dedicated to British expats around the world, including a forum on Italy.
| Government and International Organizations for Italy
Although government websites and those of international organizations are often dry and boring, they nonetheless contain a lot of important and useful information for expatriates. In a country such as Italy, where it largely depends on who you know to get something done quickly, having access to accurate and updated information about government, civil society, citizens’ rights and obligations, is often the only weapon foreigners have to steer through the maze of bureaucratic hurdles and regulations they encounter in their daily lives in Italy. The following are links to government and international organizations that may be useful for expatriates in Italy. Among them are links to English-language government websites such as foreign affairs, immigration, and customs. We have also included several large international organizations, because they collect data from a large number of countries. The Living in the EU section under Facts and Figures on the European Union website is especially useful because it makes it easy to compare socioeconomic indicators (wealth, health, education, etc.) of European Union member countries and see how Italy stacks up against its neighbors.
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, www.esteri.it
Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, www.italyun.org, provides general information about culture, politics and the economy, as well as a variety of useful links.
European Union - Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, www.eurunion.org; 2300 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037; Telephone: (202) 862-9500 Fax: (202) 429-1766.
CanadaEuropa is the website of the European Bureau of Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC), with a section on Italy.
Knowing about current events in Italy helps you to be safer and have a more enjoyable stay abroad. This is why we have included a News and Media section, listing international newspaper and media directories as well as providing links to the many major local newspapers in Italy—a country which posts the news in public places and loves to read about and discuss politics from a variety of perspectives.
Kidon Media Link is an online directory of world newspapers and news media, has an extensive listing of news media in Italy.
Live-radio.net provides continuously updated links to thousands of online radio stations worldwide, including Italy.
Online Newspapers lists over 1000 links to online newspapers worldwide, including Italy.
| Recommended Reading on Italy
To narrow down the overabundance of travel books about Italy and make it easier for readers to choose a suitable guidebook, we have compiled a list of popular travel guidebooks and books that focus on expatriate life in Italy or are otherwise useful and informative for expatriates.
Living Abroad in Italy by John Moretti
Living, Studying, and Working in Italy: Everything You Need to Know to Live La Dolce Vita by Monica Larner, Travis Neighbor Ward
Starting a Business in Italy: How to Set Up And Run a Successful Business in the Bel Paese by Emma Bird and Mario Berri
Rick Steves' Italy
Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy
Italy Eyewitness Travel Guides by Anna Streiffert (Editor)
Frommer's Italy 2007 by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince
Fodor's Italy 2007 by Matthew Lombardi (Editor)
Lonely Planet Italy by Damien Simonis, et al
The Rough Guide to Italy by Martin Dunford, et al
Living & Working in Italy: A Survival Handbook by Graeme Chesters
Working and Living: Italy by Kate Carlisle
The Guide to Lodging in Italy's Monasteries by Eileen Barish.
Adventuring in the Alps by William E. Reifsnyder, Marylou Reifsnyder, Sierra Club Books.
| Travel Information on Italy
Useful and in-depth travel information on Italy is often hard to find on the web given the sheer volume of information, and many websites only provide the most basic travel information, while others are too specific or opinionated to be reliable to all. But there are a number of websites that provide interesting travel content, with travel tips and articles about Italy. We have also listed official tourism websites in Italy, which provide very useful travel planning tips and often serve as a great travel portal.
|Italian State Tourist Board, www.enit.it, provides extensive travel information about Italy.
Italian State Tourist Board London, 1, Princes St, W1B 2AY London ; Tel: 0044 207 408 1254 or toll-free 00800 00482542; firstname.lastname@example.org
|Enjoy—Europe.com has information for independent budget travel presented by an American who has lived, worked, and traveled throughout Europe, including a section on Italy.
|Fodor's offers destination guides for most countries in Europe, including Italy.
Frommers provides destination guides for countries worldwide, with a section on Europe, including Italy.
|Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information—check out the link for Italy.
|New York Times Travel provides Destination Guides for most countries, with a section on Europe, including Italy.
|Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door offers a plenty of useful articles on Italy.
|Rough Guides Destinations offers a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, including Italy.
|TravelNotes.org provides destination guides for many countries worldwide, with a section on Europe, including Italy.
|Eurotrotter.com, in its Europe section, provides useful links and resources for travelers, with a section on Italy.