It’s hard to think of any reason not to move to the place where the famous words “la dolce vita” were first spoken. Living in Italy is indeed ‘a sweet life’ and many have found their way to a Mediterranean lifestyle where they enjoy beautiful weather, wonderful food and stunning landscapes, villages and cities.
On top of that, Italians are welcoming, as warm as the weather and enjoy life to the fullest. Two of the biggest Italian passions are eating and talking and these two often go really well together. No wonder Italy is a popular immigration destination and in different parts of the country, large expats communities can be found.
Finding a job to maintain an Italian lifestyle looks promising as recent numbers show there’s less unemployment these days and of course the country is still world’s 8th largest economy and 3rd largest in the Eurozone.
Punctuality is not important in Italian work culture and work plans are not taken too strictly. Italians are casual with deadlines, but not with outfits. Don’t count on having a casual Friday at work as looking fashionable is considered a sign of wealth and a good social status so dressing formal is often desirable.
Italy is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Italy. For Non-EEA citizens here are options available to you:
The Italian government introduced a Residency by Investment programme in January 2017. You can get residency for a period of two years by making one of the following investments. You can renew for a further 3 years as long as you maintain the investment.
The Italia Startup Visa is for new startups or young companies whose business model is innovative. You need to invest at least €50.000 and need to be approved by a specific committee.
The passport for Italy allows you to travel to 161 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 5.