In Italy, the sun’s shining. Here in northern Europe, we’re bunkered down for months of grey skies – so could 2019 be the year you swap this for the glorious warmth of one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. So, if you want to make a new start and move to Italy in 2019, what do you need to do?
Find your perfect property
Of course, the first step is to find your dream home. This can be a long process, but our key tip to speed this up is to spend extra time on the planning. We see many times how people refine their criteria as they view homes, so spend a bit more time on this in advance to avoid going back to the drawing board once you’ve already started viewing properties. Our Italian Buying Guide has the key five questions our readers often forget to ask themselves when planning – get your free copy today to find out more.
Consider also the wide variety of properties in Italy, and of regions. There are enormous price variations, so what would be out of your reach in Tuscany could well be easily in your reach in Puglia! Plus, don’t forget that Italians think we’re a little batty for going for the restoration projects: they’re less in demand among locals.
Start learning the language
We can’t emphasise the importance of this from as early as possible if you’re going to move to Italy in 2019. In fact, the period before you move is an ideal time to sit down and drill through the basics. It can seem daunting, but you’ll have an immense sense of accomplishment the first time you order in a restaurant in Italian – and you’ll find the locals love it when expats make the effort.
Luckily, Italian isn’t too horrific to learn. The pronunciation is pretty regular, so there’s no ‘the invalid had an invalid ticket’ to contend with, like in English.
Get your children enrolled in a school
If your move to Italy in 2019 involves little ones, you’ll be looking to enroll them in a local school. Education in Italy is relatively traditional, and centered around the teacher. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there is a particular level of rigour in learning facts and key knowledge. It’s also an absolutely fantastic for your children to become fluent in Italian (they may soon be correcting you!).
To enroll them, you’ll need the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Residence document
- Proof of immunisation
- Proof of identity
- Passport photos
- Translation of the home country’s curriculum
- Family status certificate
Making local friends
The more involved you are in the local community, the more at home you’ll feel. It can be difficult when you’re less confident with the language, so don’t feel guilty about embracing the expat community too. Having someone to laugh over the quirks of your new country with a cup of (milk) tea can be ideal!
Otherwise, join in with village committees – there are plenty enough festivals to get involved in! Start chatting in local bars and cafés and you’ll gradually get to know people in your local community.
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