Moving to Italy

On this page you will find the key features about what information you need to know about moving to Italy. Our reliable moving companies specialise with moves to Italy so we can make your move more stress free.. For an accurate estimate price on your move, you can fill in a free quote form. Below is an overview of all the information we will discuss on Sirelo.

Emigrating to Italy

Although Italy has recently struggled in terms of its economic situation, the attractive features of the country still encourage  thousands of expats to move there each year. With the countries warm Mediterranean climates, world famous cuisine, beautiful coastlines and stunning Alps, Italy really has it all.


The UK is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and therefore, a British citizen and passport holder can enter and live in Italy without a visa. Expats or people moving to Italy from the UK should register for a residency known as the iscrizione anagrafica if they intend to stay more than 3 months in Italy. You can do this at your nearest town hall (Comune-Ufficio Anagrafe) in Italy. After your application, you will be given a certificate (attestato d’iscrizione anagrafica). The attestato d’iscrizione anagrafica is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. The validity of the certificate may be shorter if you intend to stay in Italy for less than 5 years. After 5 years EU nationals can request attestazione di soggiorno permanente which is permanent residency. For more information visit our page visas in Italy

People travelling to Italy are recommended to provide the nearest police station with a declaration of presence if they plan to stay less than 90 days. The declaration is called ‘dichiarazione di presenza sul territorio nazionale’, and has to be provided to the police within 8 days after you have entered Italy.You only do this when you are staying with family, friends, and relatives. If you are staying in a hotel, the hotel will alert the Police of your Presence.

Costs associated with moving to Italy

Getting your belongings to Italy is fairly easy, the content of your house can be shipped to the most common port in Rome and then transported throughout Italy. Convenient factors can increase the costing of your move, transporting by air is of course the easiest and quickest option. However is likely to cost almost four times the amount in comparison with transporting your belongings by sea. Sirelo is here to help you find the best moving company for you, so your move is as easy and stress free as can be! Below is an estimate of how much it will cost to move your belongings to Italy by sea:

Household sizeTimeCost
1 bed flat2-5 days£3,599 – £3,662
3 bed house2-5 days£3,921 – £4,018
5 bed house2-5 days£4,382 – £4,527

Cost vs convenience

There are many variable factors that can make your move to Italy a lot cheaper; however come at a cost of convenience. The top 4 features that affect the cost of your move are:

(1) Size of households: This is a factor that is unlikely to be changed, although you can try reduce the items you are moving to make the move both easier and cheaper. (2) Insurance type: Good insurance can cost a lot! But can also end up saving you a lot of hassle is any of your items are lost or broken on their journey. (3) Transport type: Moving your stuff by air will save a lot of time but on the other hand can end up costing a bomb! By sea is almost four times less of the cost. (4) Additional options: These options can really make your move easier, but like everything in life they come with a cost. Packaging your own belongings and assembling and disassembling are just 2 factors that can save you a lot, but are rather time consuming.

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Sirelo’s top tips

Italy is very different in comparison to the UK. We have devised a few tips for your from experience.

  • Insurance – As previously mentioned, insurance can affect the costings of your move. But we really recommend to invest in it to eliminate any potential problems with your move. These can include items getting lost or broken.
  • Some unusual items are restricted in Italy, it is best to check before moving in case they become seized or incur a fine. Some of these include:
    • Birds
    • Meat and milk products
    • Products from protected species
    • Medicines from outside of the EU
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Driving in Italy

Driving licences that are issued by any of the EU Member States are valid throughout the European Union, including Italy. This however does not mean you will want to drive in Italy. Although driving will be a very picturesque experience, whether you are driving through the beautiful main cities or the southern country sides. But getting used to the local driving style is another matter.  Driving in Italy can be very risky, Italy has one of the highest accident rates in the European Union, so avoid it if necessary. It is also important to stay alert when crossing the roads or you could end up as flat as a pizza.

Agenda – what not to forget

It is important to create a checklist of what to remember before moving to Italy, there are many requirements when entering the country. We had devised a list of the top priorities when moving to Italy.

  • Papers in order – It is vital that your passport is in date or you wont be getting very far as a result! Make sure your flights are all booked and make copies of all important doccumets you own. We advise you keep all of the important papers in your hand luggage when moving instead of being mixed with all other belongings.
  • Insurance – An EHIC card can protect you when travelling to Italy in terms of health care. Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) is the national health service in Italy. To find out more information, visit our page healthcare in Italy
  • Bank – Tell your bank you are moving, and if you aren’t going to be using it then cancel it. Banks can black your account if they see any irregular activities such as paying forr items in a different country.
  • Taxes – We strongly recommend to contact the tax authorities before departure. They can help you with tax situations you still have to deal with before you leave.
  • Mail – Redirect your mail to your new home address so you don’t miss out on any important letters.
  • Cancellations –  Cancel any utilities and subscriptions you may have.
  • Pets – All pets must be vaccinated and own a pet passport in order to enter Italy.

Bringing your pets and cars

Bringing your household items is easy and is what moving companies have been specialising in for year. But when it comes to other personal belongings such as pets and cars it can be a lot harder when bringing them to your new home. Some moving companies, although it is rare, specialise in moving pets and cars; however can cost a lot more.


Your pet will probably be part of the family so is something you do not want to leave behind! It is important you know all the requirements and regulations in order for your pet to enter Italy. Requirements include:

  • Pet passport – A pet passport is essential if you want your pet to come with you.
  • Micro-chip – Each animal must have micro-chips.
  • Vaccinations – Pets must have up to date vaccinations or can be refused entry into Italy.
  • Rabies tests – Must be tested against rabies.
  • Health certificates – All health certificates must be up to date.


If you are brave enough to drive in Italy you are probably wanting to bring your car over. There are certain factors that you are required to undertake.(1) Your car must be registered before moving to Italy. (2) Your car must be taxed and insured. (3) Emission requirement – Some cities have fuel emission requirements, to help reduce harmful pollution in busy cities. The close-ish distance means that moving your car to Italy isn’t too difficult. Although it will take a while, you can easily drive over to Italy and see some of the cites on the journey through other countries.

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Living costs in Italy

Most Italians live with their parents until around the age of 30, family is an important amongst Italian but the high house prices probably encourage individuals to move out later. The high house prices is a factor to consider before moving to Italy, although they are usually old and small they are well maintained. But the price isn’t the same everywhere. For example the south of Italy is a lot cheaper than the north, this being said houses in popular cities will also be more expensive than those in small rural villages. Below is a rough estimate of the main city costs in popular cities in Italy.

CityCost /100

Finding a home

Expats and people moving to Italy from the UK should keep in mind that renting accommodation in Italy is generally expensive. You can look for good deals by joining Italian expat groups and communities. More traditional approaches when you have already moved to Italy is applying or contacting advertised housing in windows and on notice boards. You can also find offers in local newspapers, magazines and in the yellow pages under ‘Agenzie Immobiliarein’.

It is popular to search for housing or rental properties by word of mouth, especially, in major cities in Italy like Rome and Milan where the rents are high. It is therefore important to let all your family and friends, expat acquaintances and even your colleagues at work in Italy about your search.

Keep the following things in mind when searching for accommodation in Italy.

  • It is better to deal with an agency regarding leasing contracts and legal matters than with the owners of the properties directly.
  • Try to start the search for an accommodation in the early months of the year and try to avoid the months September and October. In September and October competition for accommodation is highest because students are looking for accommodation as well.
  • Detached houses are rare in major cities and big towns. There are usually flats or apartments.
  • Looking for accommodation for less than a year? You may want to look for an accommodation that is furnished(ammobiliato). Unfurnished properties (non-ammobiliato or Lecco) in Italy can mean completely empty this may mean that there isn’t even a kitchen. Most long term rental properties are unfurnished so people can furnish it to their particular taste.

Extra information about Italy

In addition to the information on this page, visit our other pages for more information:

  • Taxes in Italy– Find all information about the tax system in the country.
  • Education in Italy – Everything about the different schools, education etc.
  • Working in Italy – Are you an expat and need to move for your work? Read here all about working cultures, finding a job, etc.

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