Life in Italy

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British citizens in Italy: what to do before December 31

For more than four years, Brexit has left the tens of thousands of British citizens in Italy in limbo. And while this saga is finally reaching its denouement, the status ...

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How to take a sabbatical in Florence

There’s never been a better time to plan a sabbatical in Florence and consider spending a life-enriching extended period of time in Italy.   Earlier in the year, more than ...

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A guide for non-EU citizens who enter Italy

What types of visas and permits do you need?   To enter Italy a non-EU citizen needs a passport and an entry visa, which must be requested from the Consulate ...

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Buy a house for 1 euro while saving on taxes

In 2008 the town of Salemi reached international headlines due to an interesting real estate program: houses on sale for 1 euro. Many foreigners who had always dreamed about being ...

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Why use a S.A.P.A. to invest safely in Italy

  Safe investments in Italy are possible with the right tools   In the World Bank’s “doing business 2020” ranking, Italy is positioned in the 58th place before Kosovo and ...

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Covid-19 and the parenting experience in Tuscany

I genuinely do not believe that I could have been any more shocked if you had picked me up and dumped me on Mars and told me to get on ...

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Information campaign to support UK nationals in Italy

If you are resident in Italy before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay.

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10 child-friendly aperitivo spots in Florence

Kids need their merenda hour, just like parents need their aperitivo!  Or as I like to call it, “merendativo”, a happy-family-happy-hour that both parents and their offspring can enjoy.   ...

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Property management service in Florence

  For those of you who adore spending your evenings listening to the trials and tribulations at the annual condominium meeting or who thrive on finding the best deal amongst ...

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Discover Investor Visa for Italy

  Italy is one of the main economies and markets in the world, a country full of opportunities and with an increasingly developed attention towards foreign investors.   In recent ...

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The housing virus

I’m never quite sure which is more depressing: renting a place in Florence or looking for someone to rent one. The same problem afflicts both parties: too many people are ...

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Italy’s advantageous policies for taxing inheritance

  Inheritance taxation in Italy is much more advantageous than in other European countries. In fact, it ranges from 4% to 8% and in many cases is not even applicable. ...

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Children-friendly parks in Florence

Keeping kids entertained is never as easy as one would like to think. Especially now as schools will remain closed until September, I find myself scrambling to come up with ...

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Children’s summer camps to start on June 15      

Pre-enrolment now open for summer camps in and around Florence

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Family resources in Florence

For those with younger members of the family around, an undeniable struggle throughout this lockdown has been entertaining children who normally enjoy the stimulation of a packed school day. Thankfully, ...

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Supporting British Nationals with Brexit procedures

The programme is part of a wider initiative through which the UK Government and IOM aim to provide assistance to British citizens in Europe.

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How to wear a mask

We’ve been told we all have to “use” face protection in Tuscany, but exactly how this should be done seems to challenge a number of locals. The Florentine’s resident illustrator ...

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We rub our eyes in the daylight

Saturday evening, February 29, I found myself eating in an Oltrarno restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi. The place was packed to the gills, but fish was a rare sight on ...

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Family life during lockdown in Florence

I get up at 4am—uncharacteristically, I can assure you—and make a strong cup of coffee. Sitting on the still-dark balcony, I wait for the sun to rise, breathing in air ...

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Coronavirus lockdown: 5 tips for good mental health

How do we deal with fear, solitude and the host of emotions we’re all going through at this exceptional time? The Florentine‘s Jane Farrell speaks with Florentine psychotherapist Dr Paolo ...

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Do you qualify for Italian dual citizenship?

Many Italians born abroad feel as if Italy is their homeland

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Coronavirus: dos and don’ts

The underlying rule is clear: stay at home as much as possible and maintain interpersonal distance of one metre at all times.

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Ways to be creative in quarantine

Florence is semi-deserted. Closed museums, empty shops and directives to restrict our movements leave us wondering what we should do. From art and writing contests to a best balcony competition, ...

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Fiscal Benefits for Agricultural Properties in Italy

  The agricultural sector in Tuscany is currently in a period of growth. According to the Unioncamere- Infocamere, the number of agricultural and food businesses managed by people under 35 ...

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