Expatriates in Italy

Getting a car

You cannot register a car in Italy until you have acquired your residency cards. So, until such time, unless you are living where you have easy access to transit, you might need to consider leasing one. One of the best ways is the long term leasing programs that are offered […]

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Elective Residence Visa Achieved

This was our last significant hurdle. I had done tons and tons of research on expat forums, and stories there vary wildly. Typically you see only people posting about their dismay at failing to get the visa, and only occasionally a post about success. And those typically never give very […]

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Setting up a Power of Attorney.

Ok, so far, the steps have been. Pick out a House Have the preliminary contract completed and filed and the down payment made. The next step will be to complete the house purchase. And because we don’t want to have to fly back to Italy just to sign documents, we […]

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A change in house plans

At first we were sure that the house in Vestea was the one we wanted. But after some careful thought, we decided to go with a different property. This one in Casalanguida. The house is about the same size but we could buy it for 30,000EU less. With this in […]

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First House Hunting Trip

Our first house hunting trip, actually ends up likely being our only house hunting trip. We have never been people who agonize over a decision. Thanks to the internet, we had looked a many potential houses. And thanks to Street View, we had given the towns and areas they were […]

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US/Italy Tax Treaty

Taxes, everyone’s favorite subject. If you are an American living in Italy, you will have to file tax returns in both the US and Italy. The good news is that there is a Tax Treaty in place between the two countries so you won’t have to play double taxes. If […]

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Researching housing costs

Making a budget, and finding a place to live. Much will depend on where you plan to settle. As everywhere, its always location, location,location. If you want to be in a major city, and live in the heart of the city, it will cost you accordingly. Areas such a Tuscany […]

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Learning the language

So, language….. Do we speak Italian? Not yet. Well, at least not well. I’ve been working on it for about a year and Heidi has begun recently. One cannot move to Italy without at least a minimum understanding of the language. There is no specific requirement that you have this […]

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