Author: Michele Capecchi

Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to [email protected] and [email protected] for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.
April 3, 2014

Home sweet home

The Internet is an amazing resource for all those wanting to rent an apartment without the assistance of a real estate agency. However, while the adventure of finding the perfect place for a short- or long-term stay can be rather exciting, the technicalities of both renting and renting out
March 14, 2013

Let’s talk about visas: Part II

Many foreigners have brilliant business plans and are willing to invest time and money in lucrative ideas in Italy. Some would like to start an import/export business in food, fashion or another of Italy’s signature sectors. Others hope that a self-employment permit is an easier solution
September 27, 2012

The IVIE tax

  This spring, I wrote an article about the new property tax owed by the owners of real estate property in Italy, called the Imposta Municipale Unica (IMU; see TF 166). Then, just a few days ago, a foreign resident presented me the following problem: ‘I don’t have real estate property in Italy, but I […]
June 21, 2012

Getting unhitched

Statistics show that in Europe-and Italy, in particular-marriages between people of different nationalities are increasing. Accordingly, the number of international separations and divorces is also increasing. As you can imagine, this is not the happiest aspect of law that I have written about for The Florentine, but it
May 24, 2012

A guide to the IMU

Notwithstanding the global economic crisis, for many investing in property, or ?bricks and mortar' as we say in Italian, has been until now one of the most attractive forms of investment, especially in Italy. In our countryside, as well in the historical centers of our beautiful region, it is still
March 15, 2012

The Costa Concordia conundrum

Have you ever had a bad experience during a so-called all-inclusive travel package? All-inclusive travel packages are a service offered by travel agencies, through which, for a pre-set price, all transportation (flight, ship, train), accommodation, food and other services are covered. Increasingly, however, tourists are frustrated
February 16, 2012

Yes we can!

Recently proposed legislation might make it more appealing for international investors to do business in Italy. The more favorable opportunity is part of the decreto liberalizzazioni, the deregulation measures introduced by the current technical government led by Mario Monti, which are meant to boost the Italian economy. In upcoming issues,
September 29, 2011

So you think you can drive

Some American friends who have now lived in Florence for over two years told me recently that they wanted to rent a car to travel across Italy and Europe during their holidays. Everybody dreams about getting into a nice sports car and driving up and down the Amalfi Coast or
April 21, 2011

Pay what you owe

Now that the sun is finally shining and spring has arrived, how sad and boring (you may think) it is to discuss taxes. But believe me, an incomplete tax declaration could make your summer and fall much drearier! Because if you live and work in Italy, with few exceptions, you
January 27, 2011

Legalized: what’s your visa?

Many foreign friends and clients ask my advice on moving their professional or private lives to Italy. Many had friends whose ‘uncle [or cousin] got all the documents he needed in one month.' What I normally say is ‘good for him.' The fact is, the amount of legal