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Articles on Italy  
Economy and Business in Italy
Expatriate Websites and Resources
Language Courses in Italy
News and Media in Italy
Recommended Reading on Italy
Travel Information for Italy
Working while Living in Italy

For centuries Italy has attracted writers, philosophers, and artists, who came to Italy for its mild climate, but also for inspiration from the great works of art of the past. Lord Byron, Goethe, Mozart, just to name a few, all went to Italy to seek new inspiration in their art and they all returned home enriched, inspired and invigorated. Today Italy, “the land where lemons blossom”, as some poets wrote, continues as a popular expat destination mostly for central and northern Europeans, many of whom have summer homes there. But Italy is also home to a large number of American expats who, attracted by its rich cultural heritage, and a more laid-back lifestyle than in the U.S., have made Italy their home.

But with all its beauty, good food, nice weather, and outgoing people, actually moving to Italy and dealing with all the paper work and slow bureaucracy is a veritable nightmare for many expatriates. Still, those foreigners with patience, a deep wallet for the steep fees, and an unfaltering sense of where they want to live, will find the wait, the expense, and the red tape worth their while: few people who have made Italy their part-time or permanent home have ever left out of disappointment. Still, the current economic conditions together with stricter immigration enforcement are some of the factors that keeps some foreigners away. Sluggish economic growth, severe government budget cuts, and high unemployment have taken away some of the glamour of being an expat in Italy. Unless you have income from somewhere else, your chances as a foreigner of making a decent living from Italian-earned income are currently low. But socio-economic conditions worldwide are in a constant flux, and although the timing for a move to Italy may not be the best right now, things could be very different in the near future.

To encourage our readers to explore the variety of options for living in Italy and to have better access to the information, contacts, advice and tips they need, we have compiled a number of resources in a variety of different categories. In our extensive resource section you will find information about most aspects of life in Italy that are important for expatriates, such as visas and permits, housing, study, travel information, government web portals, expatriate websites and organizations, news and media, recommended reading, and more. We also offer participant reports by those who have managed to live, work, study, volunteer, and travel in Italy in a variety of ways—after all, we believe that living in Italy is often akin to long-term travel and travel is akin to short-term living. In addition, we offer practical resources to help make your venture to Italy a reality.


Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Italy
Living Abroad in Italy by John Moretti  
Making it Work in Italy: Live the Dream of Becoming a Resident by John Becker
Living in Liguria: Find a Real Italian Village in Cinque Terre That’s Remote But Not Too Remote by E.J. Baumeister Jr.
The Anxieties of Otherness: Expatriate Life in Italy by Linda Lappin
Settling in Italy: Admin Tips by Estelle Jobson
Living, Learning, and Integrating Abroad in Italy by Estelle Jobson
Coffee Culture Al Bar: A Many-Splendored Set of Italian Rituals by Estelle Jobson
Becoming an Italian Citizen via Marriage by Estelle Jobson
Living in Italy: Health Care Tips by Estelle Jobson
Getting a Scooter License in Italy by Estelle Jobson
Living in Italy for the Long Term: Two Years in Rome by Martha Miller
Illegally Teaching English in Italy Legally: The Curious Case of Benjamin Boston by Eliot Stein
Review of Moon Living Abroad in Italy by Gregory Hubbs
Review of Rome: The Second Time by Dr. Joanna Hubbs
Study Abroad Work in Italy: More Than 100 Schools Hire Teachers and Administrators by Michael P. Gerace
Slow Food in Italy and Beyond: An Interview with Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini
Art Study in Florence with SACI: An Interview with Dean David Davidson by Gregory Hubbs
Jules Maidoff: Interview of an American Expatriate Artist in Italy and Founder of SACI in Florence by Dr. Clay A. Hubbs 
Jobs in Italy: Where to Find Work and How to Network by Emma Bird
Jobs in Italy: Work in Tuscany and Umbria by Lucia Mancini 
Work in Italy Creatively: Teaching English is Not the Only Option by Emma Bird
Take a Look-See Trip to Italy: Invest Three Months in a Targeted Job Search by Emma Bird
Freelancing in Italy: How to Apply for a Freelance Work Visa by Emma Bird
Finding Work Teaching English in Italy: The Nuts and Bolts of It All by Kevin Revolinski
Il Theatro Minimo: Expatriate Living in Florence as an Artist by Joanna Hubbs
Teach English in Milan by Deborah Bassett
Teaching English in Italy: Insider Knowledge on Landing a Job in a Public School by Emma Bird
Interning in Italy: What to Expect, and How to Make the Most of Your Experience by Marisa Iallonardo
Internships in Italy : Why They Are Important, How to Land Them by Emma Bird
Internships at Tenuta di Spannochia in Tuscany, Italy by Katherine Pittore
Foreign Service in Florence: Interning for the U.S. Department of State by Victoria Grisanti
Au Pair Jobs in Italy by Kylie Groombridge
Volunteering at Organic Farms in Italy with WWOOF by Venetia Sherson
Volunteering in Liguria: Learning to Work the Italian Way by Gabi Logan
Volunteer in Italy Inside a Tuscan Village: Converse in English, Receive Room, Board, and Transportation by Roy A. Barnes 
Review of Books on Living in Italy by Emma Bird
Volunteering in Liguria: Learning to Work the Italian Way by Gabi Logan
Volunteer in Italy Inside a Tuscan Village: Converse in English, Receive Room, Board, and Transportation by Roy A. Barnes 
Study Abroad in Bologna: Slowing Down and Discovering the Good Life in Italy by Eamee C. Lanning
Living, Studying, and Enjoying Your Time Abroad in Bologna, Italy by Emily Peeler
Living La Vita Fiorentina: One Spring Studying with API in Florence, Italy by Gillian Gurish
Falling In Amore with Study Abroad in Italia Again, and Again, and Hopefully Again by Leah F. Henderson
Language Study in Italy: Important Factors to Consider Before Making a Long-Term Commitment by Steve Soper and Susan VandenBerg
A School for Serious Italian Learners by Diana Saluri Russo
Choosing an Italian Language Course in Italy by Emma Bird
Il Sasso: A Rock-Solid Italian Immersion Language School in Tuscany by Linda Weinberger
Babilonia Italian Language School in Taormina, Sicily by Linda Weinberger
Italian Language Immersion in Italy's Undiscovered Marche Region by Leah M. Cano
The Best Way to Learn Italian or any Language: Go to a Small Town by Roger Norum
Learn Italian Near the Beach in Italy at the Puccini Language School by Lucia Novara
Study Italian Abroad at the Athena Language School in Lanciano, Italy by Luciano Di Gregorio
Learning Italian in Florence by Kathryn Casey
Study in Perugia, Italy: It’s Never Too Late to Learn a New Language by Christina Bezaire
Discovering Rome as a Student Resident by Lisa Marie Halko
Immersion in Italy: Study Abroad Outside a Program by Ivan Fehrenbach
The Spirit of Vitorchiano: A Writers' Retreat Deep Inside Italy by Leah Cano
Slow Food in Tuscany by Joanna Hubbs
Cooking in Tuscany: Hands-On Lessons in La Cucina Tradizionale by Clay and Joanna Hubbs
Travel to Eat in Italy: The Traditional Cooking of the Langhe by Joanna Hubbs
Slow Food and Country Dining in Emiglia-Romagna, Italy by Eamee C. Lanning
How a Language School in Florence Teaches Culture through Cuisine by Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter
Tuscan Women Cook by Anne Woodyard
The Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria by Sam Lowe
Photography Study in Tuscany by JoAnn Neal
Undiscovered Tuscany: Culinary Travel Adventures While Exploring the Etruscan Coast by Ilaria Miele
Off the Beaten Track in Florence by Joanna Hubbs
Study Art History in Florence, Italy: by Catherine M. Thomas
Italy 101: To Enjoy Italy on a Budget, Plan to Go Local by Rick Steves
Beyond Venice: Soaking Up the Wine, Cooking, and Culture of the Friuli by Clay and Joanna Hubbs
A Creative Retreat in Tuscany: by Sandi Sonnenfeld
Sicily Rising: In the New Sicily Old Images No Longer Apply by Jann Huizenga
Italy on Your Own by Don Bowling
Biking in Ravenna, Italy by Kathy Widing
How to Know You are Staying in an Authentic Italian Agriturismo by Linda Weinberger
Two Bed and Breakfasts in Italy by Diana Saluri Russo
An Agriturismo in Italy by Diana Saluri Russo
Farm Travel in Italy: Experience Italian Cultural Immersion at an Agriturismo by John Tennant
Affording Italy: Camping Leads to Savings and Local Culture by Drew Colenbrander and Sarah Wiley
Slow Travel Italy and Across Europe: Settle Down in a Temporary Home by Pauline Kenny
Cultural Travel in South Tyrol, Italy by Volker Poelzl
Religious Housing in Rome: Choose Hotel-Like Stays or a Convent by Diana Saluri Russo
Staying in Monasteries and Convents in Italy by Ken Harbinson
Convents and Monasteries in Italy: Budget Accommodations by Patricia Gilbert
Convent Stays in Rome by Bob Wilson
Venice in the Midwinter: Off-Season Travel Offers Another View of the City by Linda Lappin
Discover Calabria: The Real Italy Awaits by Michelle Kaminsky

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 Economy and Business in Italy

Although Italy is among Europe’s largest economies, it is anything but stable, making it difficult for foreign companies and business people to make predictions about economic growth and fiscal stability.

The Italian state has been on the brink of bankruptcy for  a number of years now, which has affected confidence in Italy as a reliable member of the European Union and the Euro zone. To help you keep up with economic developments in Italy that affect expatriates working, living and doing business in Italy, we have compiled a variety of resources, from international organizations that report on economic conditions, to websites of chambers of commerce, and government websites dedicated to business and international trade. While this is by no means an exhaustive listing, the resources are a great starting point for anyone interested in doing business overseas.

Export.gov: U.S. Commercial Service in Italy publishes Country & Industry Market Reports, Commercial guides, and other essential information for doing business abroad.

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; amchameu@amchameu.be

EUbusiness.com is an independent online business news and information service about the European Union, including Italy.

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 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 Focus provides information and resources for expatriates for a large number of countries, including Italy. The website also host forums and blogs for expats.

Expatriates.com an online community for expatriates, has a section on Italy, with classified ads, links, and a bulletin board.

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, moving, work permits, driving licenses, renting/buying property, healthcare, pension rights, recognition of professional qualifications, taxes, marriage/divorce, writing a will, etc.).

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.

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 News and Media in 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.

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.

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 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

Italy 2014 Guidebook by Rick Steves

Rick Steves' Italy 2014 Guidebooks, Snapshots, and Dictionaries

Lonely Planet Italy by Various Authors

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 by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

Living & Working in Italy: A Survival Handbook by Graeme Chesters

Working and Living: Italy by Kate Carlisle

Fodor's Italy by Matthew Lombardi (Editor)

The Rough Guide to Italy by Martin Dunford, et al

The Guide to Lodging in Italy's Monasteries by Eileen Barish

Adventuring in the Alps by William E. Reifsnyder, Marylou Reifsnyder, Sierra Club Books.

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 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; italy@italiantouristboard.co.uk
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.
Rough Guides Destinations offers a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, including Italy.

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 Working while Living in Italy

See TransitionsAbroad.com's sections on

for information on working in Italy in addition to our resource-intensive article archive on Living in Italy.

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