Relocating to Italy

What is Sanremo famous for?

Sanremo is situated in Italy and it is famously referred to as the City of Flowers, so probably this could be the shortest answer for question “What is Sanremo famous for”. Sanremo was initially established by the Romans, soon after the fall of the Roman Empire, different groups and tribes occupied the area such as the Saracens and Normans. Sanremo has a long rich history, during the 18th and 19th century, the town was a popular social centre, with an influx of foreigners turning the town into an upscale and opulent resort. In 1905 an enormous casino was opened in Sanremo; likewise the erudite composer, Tchaikovsky composed ‘Eugene Onegin’ in Sanremo in the 18th century. (more…)

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Pension plan in Italy

Pensions are often associated with retirements and old age citizens, in essence a pension can be described as an efficient way to save money that will provide you with an income in later years. There are different types of pension packages, some schemes are facilitated by the government while others are run by private companies, so always you can find pension plan in Italy tailored to your expectations.

An important change in the latest austerity measure of 2012 is the new retirement age, the Italian government increased the retirement age by an additional three years; this basically pushes up the retirement age, which allows people to work for longer, well into their old age.

The new age is 66 for men while the female counterparts retirement age will slowly rise up to 66 by the year 2018. However, under this new pension reform, it is more than likely that individuals with minimal number of years of contribution will accrue lower pensions; for people who have been unemployed for prolonged lengths of time may find that when they start working and eventually retire, the amount of state pension benefit they will receive might be minimal, this is because the new state pension system is calculated on the amount of contributions made in all the working years. (more…)

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Active volcanoes in Italy

Mount Etna is famed for being Europe’s tallest  at 10,922 feet high at its summit; it is situated on the East coast of Sicily. Over the past 3,500 years Mount Etna has erupted constantly. Although, volcano eruptions can be said to be catastrophic, with the disruption caused by the thick blanket of smoke in the air, which can adversely affect air travel, the most recent eruption from Mount Etna that occurred October 2013, caused activities at Catania airport to come to a halt, the airport was temporarily closed down as a result of volcanic activity. In fact, the most famous active volcano in Italy is Mount Etna, so most people think there is only one active volcano in Italy. Less famous but still active is volcano Stromboli, and for this reason we can talk about active volcanoes in Italy.

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Food in Italy – Italian cuisine

If you are moving or relocating to Italy, it is important to know about the different cuisines the country has to offer. By way of comparison, Southern Italy is poorer that the Northern and the Central parts. As a result, The Southerners subsisted mainly on vegetarian diet such as greens, pasta and bread. The South is also associated with cattle rearing and shepherding. This doesn’t mean that rich, healthy meals can’t be enjoyed in other parts of the country. As you can see food in Italy depends on geographical location.

The Tuscan  and Umbrian cuisine is very rich (Tuscany is a region in Italy), Truffle is associated with the Tuscan cuisine. The expensive garnish called tartufo or truffle; is a fungal tuber, usually found around the roots of some trees.  Another popular appetizer is called bruschetta  (in Tuscany often called fettunta), it’s basically toasted bread rubbed with a garlic clove, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with coarse salt.

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Moving to Italy with a Family

Visit the lovely hill town of Marostica, about 1½ hours from Venice, to see a re-enactment of a live chess duel. In 1454 Lord Tadio Parisio held a living game of chess to decide between two noblemen who wanted the hand of his beautiful daughter, Leonora. The loser had to make do with his younger daughter, Oldrada. He held a grand parade with fireworks, flag-throwing and a great feast.

Every two years the event is repeated, on the pink and white marble slabs imbedded in the centre of the piazza to form the chess board. Fabulous costumes, banners, parades make this an event not to be missed, but tickets are sold out well in advance.

Italy was a founding member of the EU in 1952 and is a member of the Schengen area. The capital city is Rome and the currency the euro. Apart from the mainland, Italy incudes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, Elba and others. Two independent states lie within Italy: the Vatican city in Rome and the Republic of San Marino.

Italy benefits from its history in the centre of the vast Roman Empire. This has left a huge archeological heritage. Then the medieval and renaissance produced great thinkers like Da Vinci and Galileo, further enhanced by incomparable artists such as Michelangelo and Botticelli, and so much more.  You can never be stuck for something to do or places to visit.


Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton relocating to Italy.


there are no restrictions.  Free import of goods bought from the EU with some restrictions on the amount of alcohol and cigarettes. Medicines for personal use only.


Dogs and cats require their own pet passport, microchips, rabies vaccinations within 1 year, but not closer than 21 days from departure, and up-to-date routine vaccinations. You could contact the Italian Embassy in London (tel: 020 73122230) for details of your personal circumstances, and for other pets. If you intend to bring the pet back to the UK you must ensure the rabies vaccinations are kept up to date. (more…)

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