Thinking of settling down in Italy. What are the best places to move to? Any culture shocks I should be aware of?

Thinking of settling down in Italy. What are the best places to move to? Any culture shocks I should be aware of?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    moving to italy you can get income tax relief for a few years
    in the south it is higher than the north

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Is it true you can buy beach front property with a house in the south for almost nothing? Probably somewhere boring sure but ok for older people who want a quiet life.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        i wouldn't be surprised
        but the famed 1 euro homes were more in hilltowns with aging populaitons and no industry and the homes also required like 30000k worth of renovation in 2-5 years or something actual stipulations

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >but the famed 1 euro homes were more in hilltowns with aging populaitons and no industry and the homes also required like 30000k worth of renovation in 2-5 years or something actual stipulations
          The same is sadly true of the multiple Italian municipalities that are now offering money to move there—you have to use a chunk of the money to renovate a (probably derelict) property, and the sites are just about all more-or-less dying villages that all the young people left years ago to go work in cities or abroad. So there’s no easy access to work or money or entertainment, and your neighbors are all ancient farmers whose grandkids don’t visit anymore.

          I can actually imagine it being quite interesting to hang out with centenarian nonnas for a bit if you were fluent in Italian or whatever local dialects were spoken—some have probably got some stories to tell, and it’s no doubt an authentic experience of some stripe. But I can’t help but assume that most would be bored to tears while going broke.

          Don’t believe they offer residency benefits for non-EU foreigners, either, so not an option for Yanks or Brits, but I could be wrong on that front.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            It is my dream to spend my one life time with old geezers you nutcase

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >dreaming of geezer life
              Then by all means hurry off to one of the bargain villages of Italy and live that dream.

              I read that they’re paying people to move to Sardinia now, even, which is a beautiful landmass with gorgeous beaches. But the stipulations are something like “you have to bring a new industry to the island with you because we have no economy and everyone under 60 who doesn’t have a family farm or hotel to run has fled to the mainland.” Also only open to people who already have the right to live in Italy, as far as I know, so I hope and assume you’ve got an EU passport.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I was being ironic, I don't want such a life. There is beautiful nature everywhere in Europe, can't think for the life of me why I would make such a poor choice.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >can't think for the life of me why I would make such a poor choice.
                Seems like the sort of thing people who want to write a book or the songs for an album might do for a while, although perhaps only in fiction.

                If I were wealthier I could see the appeal in renovating an old farmhouse somewhere and building a recording studio in the barn, now that I fantasize about it. Use another lavishly renovated building on the property to create a coworking space/bullshit “innovation hub/incubator”’ to pretend to attract new economic opportunities and bring back theoretical young people.

                Not practical or realistic and would surely cost more millions than I’ve got. But it’s a nice fantasy.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >coworking space/bullshit “innovation hub/incubator”’ to pretend to attract new economic opportunities and bring back theoretical young people.
                Is this board getting linked on reddit again wtf?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Reddit
                I don’t get it. Are you calling me old? Bourgeois? Normie? Homosexual? Not sure how to interpret your slur, because I have literally never used Reddit—I once looked at it and found the UI inscrutable and unpleasant to navigate so I never bothered signing up.

                I was just imagining ways someone with enough money could satisfy the Italian government’s fantasies of bringing new industry and young people back to depopulated rural areas, and by so doing, take advantage of the cash grants, cut-rate properties, and tax breaks that have been offered to newcomers.

                Is my recording studio fantasy also Reddit-flavored to you? That’s the only part of the completely theoretical idea that actually sounds fun to me.

                Anyhow, if anything I would say that my idle fantasy is more sighsee than whatever they talk about on Reddit, except maybe sighsee would just build a crypto mine with its imaginary money.

                But your downvote has been noted.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’m moving to Italy in two weeks for awhile. Will report back. Hoping the women aren’t as fucked as they are here in America.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Was just in Venice a few months back. Italian girls are fucking hot! And they even have a based government now.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        > And they even have a based government now.
        LOL. You know the average lifespan of an Italian government is literally one year, right? And also that the new not-a-fascist-anymore-I-promise PM got a whopping 26% of the vote in one of the lowest turnouts in history?

        You are delusionally optimistic if you see this week’s events as the great awakening of the right-wing Italian masses, or as any meaningful change at all.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      if women don't like you at home they won't like you anywhere

      https://i.imgur.com/zpsCVHT.jpg

      Thinking of settling down in Italy. What are the best places to move to? Any culture shocks I should be aware of?

      italy is boring
      I am living here right now

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tuscany. Quiet, green, beautiful, nice people, good amenities, good food etc

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    > What are the best places to move to?
    There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people who have visited Italy.

    I’ve seen a lot of Italy, most of the country, and my favorite spots are extremely different from one another. I could seriously see myself settling down in Lucca—urban enough to have the stuff you might want from a city, but still small. Beautiful, almost car-free old city center, surrounded by a charming, mostly intact Renaissance-era wall you can bike on. Artsy. Multiple very good restaurants. Less than an hour from several pleasant beach towns. Tuscan, so the food is good. Not far from Florence. Etc.

    I also really like Sicily, which might as well be another country. In general, things are cleaner and more functional/efficient in the north, but the south has more of the stereotypical Italian warmth. People are happier, friendlier, and more relaxed, but also poorer.

    I also really love the Amalfi Coast, even if it is 90% tourist trap; it’s a very beautiful tourist trap or collection thereof. I have often fantasized about spending the winter in a summer resort town around there; there’s a forlorn coziness to off-season resorts.

    Naples is a punchline and an undeniable hot mess, but it’s also undeniably vibrant if you like big cities.

    If I didn’t have to worry about work or money I would consider a hill town either in Tuscany or Umbria.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >most would be bored to tears
    You don’t have to like it, but it’s still a fact. If people thought these villages were worth staying in they wouldn’t be depopulated and dying. There are hundreds of little Italian country towns and villages that are still alive that prove this.

    But most people, even most people who prefer rural areas to cities [going to go out on a limb here and presume you also post this .gif when people talk about traveling to urban centers] don’t want to live somewhere where there is no work, nothing to do, limited infrastructure and resources, and nobody their age to hang out with, even if the views are nice. There’s probably a hill town three valleys over with scenery that’s just as good but with more than one place to eat, plus you don’t have to drive an hour to buy groceries and the internet is faster. So people moved there instead.

    If you really prefer rural isolation, it is there for the taking, and it’s cheap as hell. They might even pay you. Help yourself! Go get it!

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