Living and Working in Italy
Living and Working in Italy, first published in 2001 and now in its 4th edition, is the most comprehensive book available about daily life, and essential reading for newcomers. What’s it really like Living and Working in Italy? Not surprisingly there’s a lot more to life than soccer, spaghetti and scooters! This book is guaranteed to hasten your introduction to the Italian way of life, irrespective of whether you’re planning to stay for a few months or indefinitely. Adjusting to la dolce vita just got a whole lot simpler!
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"With so many websites and forums with loads of information about living and settling in Italy, it can be very confusing, and subjective, depending on whose tips you are reading and wondering if you can trust the source. This book is a fantastic wealth of information, with much needed realistic chapers, with everthing from education to healthcare. Its an easy to follow and read book with lots of practial advice, written in a way that is easy to understand." - Lolo, Amazon
If you're daydreaming on a rainy Sunday afternoon about getting away from it all, buying a ruined Italian palazzo and growing your own olives, read this book first. If Frances Mayes delivers the dream in her `Under the Tuscan Sun' then `Living and Working in Italy' brings you back down to earth with a generous dose of reality. And that's no bad thing. Italy may be a magnet for new-life-in-the-sun seekers, but it's not the easiest country to live in (unless you're Italian) and anyone planning to move there needs a warts-and-all handbook on every aspect of life in Italy, which the author has certainly provided.
There are in-depth chapters on every subject from finding employment to setting up home, from driving on Italian roads to paying Italian taxes, and each has plenty of up-to-date detail on what to expect. It's good to find a book which explains the pitfalls - frequent transport strikes, expensive dentists, terrible television - as well as the pleasures of Italy, and does so in such a clear, informative and no-nonsense format.
Some of the content is so thorough that it takes several sessions to take it all in - the chapter on finance is especially detailed and may make you appreciate your home country's banking system - but you're not going to read this book like a novel. Rather you'd use it as a planner or dip into it at times of crisis, such as your builder going missing and leaving the roof half-tiled.
I've read some of the other books in the `Living and Working' series and this one measures up well. It's comprehensive in its scope and well organised, and provides plenty of tips and contacts. It feels very well researched, as if the writer has spent time living in Italy and not just collated her facts from the internet, and is an essential purchase if you're brave enough to spend some of your life in Italy and not just sit back and dream about it. - avidreader
Guides about moving to Italy are few, and most are so out of date as to be useless. This one is quite recent (in 2013), and covers just about everything you might need to know, do or think about when moving to Italy. It is aimed more at long-term moving that short stays, and looks at all aspects of the move, and settling in afterward. It begins with the biggest problem to overcome - immigration. If you happen to be an EU citizen, then you can skip most of this, as visas are usually not required. This raises the only big problem with this book - it mixes EU and non-EU matters together. As most of the legal obstacles to immigration apply to non-EU citizens, most of the text inevitably refers to these matters. Thus, if you are an EU citizen, you have to trawl through page after page of text about visas, documents, tax, customs and excise, insurance, bank statements and so on, to dig out that vital bit of information that you need to know. However, the book does cover all the key subjects: house-buying, childcare, getting a job, employment law, tax, getting your children into school, healthcare, travel, utility bills, all kinds of visas, insurance, retirement, travel, importing your stuff, and so on, right up to getting an Italian passport.
If you are moving to Italy, even as an EU citizen, I urge you not to underestimate Italian bureaucracy. The number of documents to be stamped repeatedly by various officials and departments (and in the correct sequence), and the convoluted processes that accompany many seemingly simple matters, can overwhelm you if you are not armed with good information (and hopefully an Italian-born friend). This book goes a long way to helping you with all this, but it does miss a few crucial bits of information. For example, it skims over the business of moving your car to Italy, which actually involves registering the car in Italy, getting Italian licence number (and plates), converting the car to meet Italian vehicle law, insuring it, getting an Italian MOT, getting the car taxed, and so on. The book also doesn't mention the fact that Italy doesn't recognize the UK no-claims-points insurance system. This means that Italian car insurance companies will treat you as a novice driver, and will charge you a huge premium for basic insurance. Oh, and "fully comprehensive" insurance is eyewateringly expensive in Italy.
... and you have to do everything in Italian, of course. Remember that, even if you are moving to a touristy area, while restaurant waiters may speak fluent English (and embarrassingly probably also German, French and Spanish), the bloke at the garage almost certainly won't :-)
I spent a year as a student living in Italy, and discovered to my cost that the book doesn't say enough about tenancy agreements. The tenancy contract is not valid unless you - the tenant - can provide a Codice Fiscale. It takes a couple of hours to get one (if you have the right agency office nearby), and it is free, but the book really should have spelled out the process. It doesn't and I had to rely on Italian friends to talk me through what to do and where to go.
The book deals with things like how to get access to the Italian equivalent of the UK's NHS. This is vital for EU citizens, but in the book it is buried among all the stuff that non-EU citizens have to do. The process is, as ever with Italian bureaucracy, convoluted, but it is possible to get yourself registered with a local GP. Don't just rely on your EHIC (E111) card to get you some medical care when you need it.
The one thing this book really should stress over and over again, but doesn't, is that to survive your first year in Italy, you absolutely MUST MUST MUST know some Italian. Without some understanding of basic spoken and Italian, you will find the going very tough indeed.
Overall though, this is a really useful book. I'd say indispensable. It's not perfect, but it is reasonably up-to-date, and has proved itself to be more reliable than some of the information to be found on the web. I'd recommend you start planning your move at least 12 months before you actually move. I would also recommend getting this book at the same time as you start planning, as some things may take many months to sort out.
- Thomas Pots, Amazon
With so many websites and forums with loads of information about living and settling in Italy, it can be very confusing, and subjective, depending on whose tips you are reading and wondering if you can trust the source. This book is a fantastic wealth of information, with much needed realistic chapers, with everthing from education to healthcare. Its an easy to follow and read book with lots of practial advice, written in a way that is easy to understand. - West Coast Juice Plus, Amazon
This book is a gold mine of information. My wife and I traveled to Italy on numerous occasions but always as tourists. However, we are now planning to retire in Italy and this requires a more thorough understanding of the issues associated with becoming permanent resident. The book provides a useful checklist for buying property including relocation consultants, home security, utilities, health, transportation, insurance and finance issues. We found the book to be detailed and well organised. It is no surprise that the book is in its 4th edition. - Amazon Customer