Following the result of June’s referendum on the UK membership of the European Union, it is unclear how the rights of expats living in Europe will affected. Article 50 is yet to be triggered, and even when it is, it could take up to two years before the UK is officially out. In the mean time we can take advantage of moving abroad as an expat, and due to the freedom of movement, you don’t need a Visa to do so. If you are thinking of moving to Italy it would be important to make sure you have the finances to move abroad, as well as a job waiting for you when you arrive. It is very easy to move to Italy, and when you do, here are the many things you can look forward to.
The majority of Italian houses and apartment blocks were built in the 60’s and 70’s, which means that are very out of fashion and modern looking homes are very rare to come by. The plus side is that these buildings were designed to last and are still in very good condition today and make for a very comfortable living arrangement. Italian landlords are very efficient and they take pride in their apartments being in good working order. and make for a very comfortable living arrangement. Italian landlords are very efficient and they take pride in their apartments being in good working order. Their apartments are usually very spacious and if anything should break, the landlord will take it upon themselves to fix it for you.
With British GP offices full to the brim, you can rest assured that the level of healthcare is much better in Italy. All of the public hospitals provide excellent care and treatment and even the most rural areas have access to doctors, dentists and specialists. Furthermore, all healthcare is free or extremely cheap to all EU residents. Just make sure you have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to prove that you are entitled to the same healthcare. You can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by renewing an EHIC online.
Italy is a country of incredible culture and you can’t help but be amazed when your daily commute could include travelling past the Colosseum or Saint Mark’s Square. There is a rich heritage throughout Italy whether you’re in a busy city centre or in the rural outskirts. It’s impossible for the culture of the area not to rub off on you, and before long you will be more appreciative of your surroundings.
Italian citizens are among the most sociable in all of Europe. With pleasant weather almost all year round, you will find them eating dinner outside as much as possible and post-dinner socialising can become very addictive. It is very common for impromptu street concerts to break out on any night of the week and you’ll always find something new to keep yourself entertained. You could also enjoy the latest museum opening, theatre show of late-night film festival.