Expat Experiences in Italy

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When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories from other expats who are living there. Read what these expats have to say about their own unique experiences in the land of love. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Italy, and would like to share your experience. 

Tim Doel moved from the United Kingdom to Milan in 2016 to start a family with his Italian wife. He gives his unique take on building a family in one of Italy's busiest cities and shares his advice on how best to settle down and establish roots for expats moving to the city. Read more about Tim's expat experiences in Milan. moving to italy
Gabrielle Schubert is an American expat from Brooklyn, New York. She and her family spend much of the year in Italy and as their love for the country has grown their trips have become longer and longer. Although she is not an expat in the conventional sense she does get the best of both worlds with the urban hustle of New York teamed with the tranquillity of rural Penna San Giovanni. Read about her unique expat experience in her interview. moving to italy
Diana Skok Corridori is an American expat who has been living in Milan, Italy's, for almost a decade. She says she loves the international character of the city and reckons the quality of life it offers is fantastic. You can read her blog at vinovitaviaggi.com or find out more about her expat life in Italy.
Alice Kim moved to Milan three years ago, starting out as a student of fashion and design and now running her own company helping other expats settle into their new Italian life. Having been through the culture shock of moving to a new country, she is in a good position to give others advice to make settling in that much easier. Read more about her expat life in Italy.
Pauline Ninck Blok study the Italian language at university in her home country of the Netherlands and it was during this time that she discovered her love for Italy. She has been living there since 2001 and says her secret to adapting to expat life is to be relaxed and go with the flow of a new country. Read more on her expat life in Italy.
Stef is a Dutch expat living in Italy. He moved to the town of Montecalvo Versiggia, in the Lombardy region, with his husband in 2008 to start a bed and breakfast. Although they miss not seeing their family and friends on a regular basis, they’ve enjoyed their expat experience thus far, and are especially enjoying the climate, food and lifestyle of northern Italy. Read more about his expat life in Italy.
Hayley is a Canadian expat who has been living in Italy with her husband and their daughter for over five years. She speaks to Expat Arrivals about overcoming her anxieties about speaking Italian and buying a feast for next to nothing. Read more about her expat experience in Italy.
Jessica is an American expat living in Italy. She moved to Casarano in the southeastern province of Lecce in 2012 to be with her Italian fiancé, who is now her husband. Although Jessica finds Casarano a bit small at times, she enjoys the fact that she gets to experience the real Italian life, as opposed to just life in another big city like Rome. Read more about her expat life in Italy.
Martina is a German expat living in Italy with her husband and three children. They moved to the northern city of Bologna because of her husband’s job. Despite the slow pace and constant bureaucratic delays, they enjoy the lifestyle in Bologna, which includes many entertainment options, warm summers and the proximity to the mountains and sea. Read more about her expat experience in Italy.
Linda is a French expat of Algerian origin living in Italy. After ten years of living in England she decided to take a year off to follow her dream of becoming a writer and freelance journalist and now finds herself living in Olbia, on the Italian island of Sardegna. Read more about her expat experience in Italy.
Sarah Ager is a British expat living in Italy. She moved there because she fell in love, both with the country and a man, and now lives in Bologna, working as an English teacher. Sarah considers herself to be a post-modern Anglo Muslim woman and enjoys blogging about her experiences of life in Italy. Read more about her expat life in Italy.
Amy Jones is a British expat who moved to Torremaggiore in the Puglia region of southern Italy to take up a post teaching English at a private language school. Besides her three colleagues there is not much of an expat community to speak of in her town, but Amy finds the locals are friendly and the food, is of course, fantastic. Read more about her expat experience in southern Italy.
Ernesto is a Mexican expat who is living in Italy’s capital, Rome. Having previously studied in Milan, he recently returned to Italy to work for a mobile marketing company where he is responsible for the Indian market. Prior to that, he lived in India, thus qualifying as quite the experienced expat. Read about his expat experience in Italy.
Elisa Scarton is an Australian expat who initially moved to Tuscany for a year, and fell in love with and married an Italian man. They live in the town of Manciano in the beautiful Tuscany region. A freelance journalist, Elisa now writes a travel blog and online travel guide about her new home. Read about her expat life in Tuscany.
Ashley and Jason Bartner live in the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy. They run a small guest house-cum-cookery school that combines searching for the best seasonal local ingredients, hands-on cooking classes, and the conviviality of the table to help guests connect with the people through their food, culture, and terra. Read about their experiences of expat life in Italy.
Valerie Schneider and her husband moved to Italy in 2006 and quickly settled into life in the beautiful city of Ascoli Piceno.  Valerie is a freelance writer, and she and her husband have a company that offer customized tours. Read about her experiences of expat life in Italy.
Brian Bogaard is a South African expat who was moved to Milan, Italy, by his company. He loves the sense of history, but not the high prices. He is committed to befriending Italians rather than remaining locked into the expat scene. Read about his take on expat life in Milan, Italy.
Camilla Helgesson left Sweden for Rome in 2005 and thanks to the excellent coffee hasn't looked back since. She is the web manager for Relocation Enterprises Group. She loves the people, passion and great food of Italy, but can't stand the endless red tape! Read all about her Italy expat experience.
Irene Woodbury is an American who has been living and working in Italy for a decade. She has moved to Padua, where, among other things, she writes a fascinating and idiosyncratic blog about her adopted home. Read about her expat experience in this beloved yet often awkward country.
Jessica Spiegel has had her sights set on Italy for some time now, but the local affinity for bureaucracy has left her unravelling red tape for the past two years. Still, she continues to push forward and now she shares her personal permit story with Expat Arrivals.
Anna Savino is an expat from the US who has turned a short-term stint in Italy into a long-term commitment by marrying a local flame and moving to beautiful Piedmont. "Six years ago I was 22-year-old party animal full of aspirations, transplanted into the cold foothills of the Alps," Anna says. "I was lonely, lost, and fed up with this meagre Italian life I was living. I stayed a second year because of pride, because I knew I could love it and learn the language and I did." Read her account of expat life in Piedmont, Italy
Sonia Piacente first visited Italy on a group trip. "It was fantastic but it was Italy that won my heart. I went back home after 10 days and I told my parents that I want to move to Italy. I kept going on and on about how wonderful it was. The lifestyle, the people, and the food!" Sometime later, she struck up a pen-friendship with an Italian man, who in due course became her husband. Here is her experience of la dolce vita as an expat in Italy.
Jasmine is a freelance writer, foodie and fashionista from Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy. A former pharmacist, she now spends her time writing a fun and colourful blog that highlights her delectable Italian experiences. Read about how she compares Canada and Italy, as well as her advice on meeting other expats, in her Expat Experiences interview.

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