There has been a big increase in recent years of people choosing to leave the UK to live and work elsewhere in Europe.
Italy lays claim to having some of best offerings of food, art and culture and is one of the most popular relocation destinations on the continent. If you are looking to move to Italy, the next thing you need to think about is how are you going to move your personal effects.
You may be sponsored by an employer, in which case it makes sense to take as much of your belongings as possible. Alternatively, you may just be taking the essentials with you.
Irrespective of the size of the consignment, GoodMove is a professional and highly reputable removals company with over 35 years specialising in the safe and secure of transfer or household effects to destinations Europe-wide and internationally.
Whether we transport your personal belongings by sea or road, you can rest assured our experienced staff will take care of your personal effects. Call us today to find out more about how we can make your move to Italy a reality, call us on 01206 809685 or simply fill out a quick quote form above.
Moving with GoodMove couldn’t be simpler. Our experienced and friendly team will be on hand to guide you throughout the process and will tailor your move to your time and budget.
We pack your belongings using a bespoke range of packing materials and deliver them right to your new home using our extensive fleet of vehicles. We can supply the following materials so all your items can be packed properly and avoid any damage in transit:
Once we ascertain the volume of effects being moved we will send you a free no obligation written quotation. If satisfied we will then provide you with a full schedule detailing every aspect of your move, ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day.
We also offer a range of flexible storage solutions should you wish to take advantage of them.
British expats who have taken the plunge in search of ‘la dolce vita’ commonly recite that their time on the Italian peninsula has taught them how to eat, love and enjoy life.
Italy is a nation famed for its love of food. Food translates as ‘family time’ in Italy. It brings together communities to enjoy multi-hour meals and fruitful conversation. As such, Italians place a heavy emphasis on a relaxed pace of life, to the envy of other European nations.
Piazzas are the main focal points for Italian festivals, gatherings, celebrations and political events. This fascinating mix of activities is one of the things that makes Italy such a special place to live.
From large snow-capped mountains, primed for skiing and winter sports in the north, to some of the most iconic world beaches in the south islands, the Italian landscape is simply majestic.
The Italian Lake District which stretches across Northern Italy features the famous Lake Como. Whereas, the south is home to magnficient man-made structures, including Sicily’s Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples and Palermo’s Baroque churches.
As with all other EU nations, UK residents have the right to reside and earn a living in Italy. After three months EU citizens will require a residence permit, and this can be applied for at your local police station.
Finding work in Italy is not easy but it is not impossible either. To be able to improve your prospects, the most important qualification for working in Italy is the ability to speak Italian.
The unemployment statistics are high and unless you have very good qualifications in the areas of business and construction, jobs are limited. There are part time opportunities such as waiting or retail, however, much of these are seasonal and rely on good language skills.
Working opportunities differ in the north and south, with the north being industrialised and home to many big multinationals. Whereas the economy in the south is geared around agriculture and tourism.
Currently there is a shortage in Teaching jobs. English teachers are in high demand in Italy, so competition for posts is fierce. The majority of teaching jobs are available in large towns and cities such as Rome, Florence and Milan.
There are no restrictions on foreign property ownership in Italy. The real estate system is stable and well-structured but differs slightly from other EU countries.
Take the time to familiarise yourself with the process for buying property and enlist the services of a local estate agent before you commit to a purchase. Obtaining a mortgage in Italy can also be complex and at times a protracted exercise.
If you are going to purchase a home, prices will very much depend on location. As a guide, €220,000 (£194,000) will get you a two bedroomed villa with panoramic views in the town of Torrita di Siena, in the province of Siena, Tuscany.
In terms of renting properties, again this will vary greatly depending on location. According to Numbeo, Italians pay on average a monthly rent of €1,049.22 (£926.61) for a 3 bedroomed apartment on the outskirts of major cities.
The Italian education system has a large state sector and a smaller, more specialised private sector. State schools are free, even for foreigners living in Italy who aren’t formal residents.
Most expat parents choose to send their children to one of the many Italian private or international schools. These schools will follow major European curricula such as the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Bear in mind that places at international schools are highly sought after and this makes finding a place challenging. You will need to do your research before you arrive in Italy.
Healthcare in Italy is provided through a mixed public-private structure, known as the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN). The public system is free or very low cost to all Italians and EU residents.
Despite being free throughout the country, administration is delegated at a local level. This means the level of health care provision and access can vary greatly throughout the country.
EU nationals can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access most public healthcare services in Italy.
Most EU expats are also eligible for a supplementary private health insurance policy. This allows them quicker access to specialist treatment and private hospitals. Expats wanting to claim benefits for their families while living and working in Italy will need a family status certificate.
The Italian public transport system is largely efficient. There are cost-effective train services, which will get you from city to city. Buses and metro services also offer a good service throughout the town and cities of Italy.
Driving is on the left and drivers in possession of a licence issued by any EU country do not require an International Driving Permit (IDP). Many Italians travel by car however, as an expat, note the driving experience can be stressful and at times dangerous to those unused to Italian roads.
You will find that the roads are very well maintained. It is worth doing your research before you arrive so that you are aware of the local highway rules and regulations. For more in-depth information regarding driving in Italy visit the RAC’s website.
Italy is in the eurozone and uses the Euro (€) as its official currency.
Italy has embraced the culture of online and mobile payments, and these co-exist alongside more traditional methods. Most UK credit and debit cards are accepted and there are plenty of ATM’s in the larger towns and cities.
When you are relocating to a new country, making sure you get the best currency exchange rate possible is crucial.
During your door to door service, your possessions are treated with the utmost respect and care. Our experienced teams located across the UK will pack and prepare your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture ready for export.
We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons.
Furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates.
Upon arrival at your residence in Italy, our trusted agents will place boxes and furniture in appropriate rooms as directed. They will unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials.
The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad. Goodmove, with its 35 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process a lot less traumatic.
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation. It will be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who is able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in the container. Following the visit, you will receive a written quotation.
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