Your guide to expat life in Italy

Living la dolce vita

With its ancient cities, beautiful countryside and famous coastline, Italy is a popular destination for expats who share a passion for la dolce vita.

The world’s eighth largest economy also provides a range of lucrative job opportunities. And a healthy work-life balance is particularly appealing to expat parents looking for a good place to raise their children.

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Italy highlights

Quick Facts

  • Population: About 60 million
  • Capital City: Rome (also the largest city)
  • Neighbouring Italy: France, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Malta and Slovenia.
  • Main language: Italian
  • Time: GMT+1 (GMT+2 from the end of March to the end of September)

Learn the language first; be open minded and flexible; Italy is an open museum so it would be difficult to pick a single location.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country.

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All Saints' Day

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Enjoy Italian food - it's healthy and delicious!

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