Moving to Italy
If you’re planning on moving to Italy, then you’ve come to the right place. This page offers you advice and information that will answer all of your questions on moving to Italy: moving costs, Brexit and Italian life. If you would like more information on the cost of moving abroad, take a look at our international moving costs page.
There are so many things to think about when moving abroad, one of the most important things being visas. If you would like to find out more things that you should consider before moving to Italy, visit our moving abroad page. Luckily, if you’re a UK citizen, you don’t require any visas for Italy. If you’re a non-EU national, you can also travel to Italy without a visa, as long as your stay is no longer than three months. If you are planning on moving to Italy permanently, then you will have to apply for a residence permit.
If you are planning on moving to Italy from the UK after Brexit, then visit our Brexit blog. It explains what the potential outcome could of Brexit could be and how moving to Europe After Brexit will affect you. Why not take a look at our top 10 list of removal companies that specialise in moving households to Europe and beyond?
|Size of Household||Time||Cost|
|1 bed flat||9-14 days||£2,100 – £2,950|
|3 bed house||3-6 days||£3,400 – £4,600|
|5 bed house||3-6 days||£5,600 – £7,450|
Above you can find the estimated costs of moving from London to Rome via road. There are several other factors that affect removal costs, but the two major ones are the distance and volume of your move. If you’re interested in finding out the volume of your belongings, use our removal volume calculator. This will help you save time when requesting removal quotes.
Removal companies will provide you with a container to ship your belongings in, depending on how much you would like to ship will depend on the size of your container and, furthermore, the cost of your move. If you would like to find out more, you can visit our container shipping costs page, which gives an overview of the prices of containers as well as information on the different sizes. For advice on making your move cheaper, visit our cheap removals page for hints and advice.
To make the moving experience easier for you, we have summed up some moving tips to Italy:
Driving in Italy
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 to avoid getting hit by oncoming vehicles that come out of nowhere!
If you decide that you are brave enough to drive in Italy and that you would like to take your car with your from the UK, then there are certain requirement:
- Your car must be registered before moving to Italy
- You must be taxed and insured
- Make sure that your car abides by the emissions requirements of the city you’re planning on driving in.
You can choose to transport your car with a removal company, or drive the car yourself, the latter being the longer, but cheaper option.
Moving pets from UK to Italy
If you’re planning on taking a pet with you from the UK to Italy, then there are several things that you must consider. For example:
- 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’re unsure about whether living in Italy is right for you, this sections describes the what Italian life is like: from housing to cities to the working life.
Before packing up and leaving the UK to Italy, you might want to have an idea what you’re getting yourself in for. Just like in the UK, the North and South of Italy differ, in both culture and scenery. Veem provide an excellent explanation on what you need to know about the north and south of Italy!
Italians are famous for their close family relationships and fine cuisine, which are important features in their culture. Family solidarity is focused on extended family and meals are an important part of the day: time is taken to enjoy eating! If you would like to find out more, take a look at our living in Italy page.
Working in Italy
Unemployment is quite high, so if you’re planning on working in Italy, it’s good to be aware that there is a high demand for jobs. However, if you speak Italian you will be at an advantage than other foreign workers in Italy.
Northern Italy is more advanced and has a lot more private companies, while the south relies heavily on agriculture and farming. So, if you’re looking for more of an office job, then cities in the North is where you should look. Whereas, if you’re looking for more temporary work, you’ll have a better chance looking in the south of Italy.
Here are some good online portals to find work in Italy:
Housing in Italy
The high house prices is a factor to consider before moving to Italy. Although houses are usually old and small, they are usually 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. Here are some tips when trying to find housing 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 of 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.
Below are some websites you can use to find your home:
Cost of Living in Italy
Something else influenced by the north and south divide is the cost of living in Italy. The Northern cities are wealthier than the south, especially Rome and Milan. So, here are some of living costs within Italy:
|City||Quality of life||Purchasing power||Safety||Health care||Cost of living||Pollution|
|City||Cappuccino price||1L milk price||One dozen eggs price||Three room apartment rent|
|Milan||£ 1,23||£ 1,08||£ 2,20||£ 1.385,00|
|Rome||£ 1,23||£ 1,17||£ 2,44||£ 1.332,00|
Healthcare in Italy
If you’re moving to Italy, it is definitely wise to look into what kind of health insurance you want to get. Healthcare in Italy is organised by the National Health Service, or Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), which is usually free or subsidised. However, most people also take out private health insurance, due to it’s better quality of service. For more information, look at our healthcare in Italy page.
Education in Italy
If you’re planning on moving to Italy with your family, then you probably would like to know what the schooling in Italy is like. Education in Italy is compulsory from the age of 6-16, but kindergarten is from 3-6 years. Below is outline of the education system in Italy:
- Kindergarten: Scuola dell’Infanzia (3-6 years)
- Primary School: Scuola Primaria (6-11 years)
- Secondary School: Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado (11-14 years)
- High School: Liceo (14-18/19 years)
- Higher Education
If you’re more interested in looking into what the Universities in Italy are like, we have made a list of the top 5 Universities in Italy.