How do I buy property and start a business in Italy?

forestbather's picture
By forestbather - Posted on
02 March 2018

Me and my partner are looking at Italy as a destination to move to in two years. We are looking for a simpler lifestyle, where we will run wellbeing retreats a few times a year. How easy is it to start your own business in Italy? How easy is it to buy a small property with land to live off and run our wellbeing retreats? This is our first attempt at gathering conprehnsive information on us living our dream Thanks

Daniela de Castro's picture
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Hi there 

Where are you planning to move to Italy from? Some nationalities are able to apply for work residence permits after arriving in Italy, which might make your bureaucratic process easier. As employers are generally responsible for the work permit application process being self-employed might be tricky. Expat Arrivals has a general guide to getting a work permit in Italy which might be helpful.

Expat Arrivals also has a useful guide to buying property in Italy which might be helpful for finding information on what you will need to purchase land for your wellbeing retreat. Be sure to contact a lawyer in your home country early on in the process to avoid legal issues down the line.

Where in Italy are you looking to buy property and set up your retreat?

- Daniela
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Thanks for the reply. We are in the UK at the moment, looking at central Italy such as Abruzzo.

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