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“You moved to Italy?!” “You are SO lucky!” “What a dream!” are typically the reactions from people when I tell them about my move to Italy. Though all of the above are true, and I am very grateful to have had this opportunity, I am here to tell you that my little piece of paradise did not come free.
In my experience, Italy will welcome you with open arms as long as you are here to spend your tourist money. As far as permanently residing under the Tuscan Sun, well, that is a different story. Italy is a socialist country and non-contributing members of society quickly become financial burdens. That, combined with a history of governance issues and bureaucratic unclarity to put it mildly, makes legally moving to Italy something you cannot do overnight or on a whim. If moving here has been your dream, I by no means am the one to tell you not to do it. On the contrary; maybe I can shed some light on the process by sharing my own experience. I am here, however, to say you better be willing to work for it because the Italian government will make you capital letter W-O-R-K for it. Read more “The Italian Dream- But First, The Bureaucratic Nightmare”