The food… Just the food…
Location: Southern Europe
Currency: Euro (1 Euro = approx $1.10 USD)
Time Zone: GMT +2 (Italy observes daylight savings time. Your 6 pm BJT classes start at noon in the summer and 11 am in the winter.)
Population: 60 Million
Internet Speed: The internet in Italy is improving. Speed Test’s Global Rankings brings Italy in at 48th in speeds of 55 down and 21 up. In big cities, like Rome, you should have access to fast broadband through providers such as Vodafone. Though, access in rural areas remains an issue. For those wishing to use a hot spot, Budget Traveler suggests buying a TIM SIM card for 20 euros that comes with 15 GB of data and is good for 30 days.
Visa: Non-EU nationals from many countries (such as the US) can stay in Italy without a visa for 90 within a 180-day period without a visa. After staying for 90 consecutive days, you must leave the country for 90 days to restart the clock.
Italy does offer a self-employment visa for those looking to found a tech start-up, work as a freelancer (digital nomad English teacher), or make a significant investment in the country. Like many things in Italy, there is a lot of red tape involved. Contact your nearest Italian consulate for more information.
See out full blog posting on the Italian Land Giveaway.
Healthcare: Italy offers universal healthcare and one of the longest life expediencies of any nation. An International Living article speaks to both the top-ten ranking of Italy’s health system as well as issues related to under-funding. Private insurance is recommended. Check out World Nomads travel insurance.
Cost of Living: The cost of living in Italy can vary dramatically depending on whether you choose to live in a big city, like Rome, or out in the countryside. Numbeo estimates rents on a one-bedroom apartment to be around 1,000 euros a month. The Borgen Project has an interesting article on the cost of living in Italy- particularly some things that may be more expensive. In my experience, food in supermarkets is quite affordable. Depending on where you are, eating out can be pricey.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.