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Moving to Italy

Italy Relocation Guide

There are a wide range of nice reasons why expats would love to move to Italy. This is the country which gave the world the Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Botticelli and so much more. It is a place where hot blood is mixed with stable traditions, warmth and amazing cuisine. Being the direct descendants of the Roman Empire, history is literally under your very feet as you walk the streets of Rome, Palermo or any other place in Italia. So what can you do if you want to move there? This guide will help you with some tips on what to expect as you prepare:

• Climate
Italy is known as a land of contrast, and for a good reason. Although it has one of the most lovely climates in Europe you can still find a decent amount of deviation, depending on the season. Wintertime in the Italian Alps can be quite cold, though that gives you a perfect chance to enjoy skiing as a chance to unwind. Milan and the Po Valley are known to be cold and damp, clad in fog at times. If you want to enjoy a good winter climate, then the Riviera is the place you need to focus on. You can also pay a visit to the Amalfi coast, Sicily or Sardinia as an alternate solution. But away from wintertime much of the climate in Italy is more than pleasant. The further south you go, the hotter it gets so keep that in mind when you choose your area.

• Residence
Moving to Italy requires some dealing with the inevitable bureaucratic machine. Regardless of your country of origin you will need to deal with documentation. If you live in the U.S., Canada or any other country which supports that you may not need a visa for any visit up to 90 days. That only works however if you are there for tourism or a business-related trip. You can choose from a wide variety of visas related to study, business, family, religion and simply transit. If you plan on living there for longer, you will need to apply for permanent residency through the usual channels. A family visa can give you the opportunity to stay there longer than 90 days, though that will require proof of family relation.

• Italian Customs
You will be granted a duty-free access of your household items, as long as they were imported within a period of six months of your moving and registration as a resident. If you are holding a resident status you may also import a vehicle duty-free as long as it was owned for no less than a year. A moving company that does international removals can simplify that process for you as they will be able to take care of the small details and documentation for you. Any vehicles you import have to be registered and outfitted with an Italian licence plate. You can contact the local vehicle registration offices, the so-called Publicco Registro Automobilistico (PRA).

• Moving your pets
If you move with your pets you need to be aware that you will need the following documents:

− Veterinary Certificate (it states owner details, animal description, vaccinations and identification)
− A valid rabies vaccine
− A tattoo or a microchip in accordance to ISO-11784

Once your pet is safely in Italy, the local vets can issue an EU Pet Passport, which allows your pet to travel on European soil.