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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
The expatriate community includes 3 990 295 people.
Blogs For Expats
Expatriate blog
Hotel reservation websites
To get more information about expatriates
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
The north and the centre of Italy, especially large cities, are more expensive. The cost of living is lower in the south of the country. According to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Milan and Rome are ranked 49th and 59th respectively out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
The quality of life in Italy differs a lot between the north and the south of the country. Mercer's latest available edition of the Quality of Living Survey ranks Milan 41st and Rome 56th out of 231 cities worldwide.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
A year and a half. Notice of leaving must be at least 1 month.
Average Rental Costs
You have to pay one or two months' rent in advance.
Rental Agency Websites
Casa Click
Hotel reservation websites
Affitti turistici
Trovo casa

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School System

The Education System
The Italian education system is made up of 3 cycles : the primary cycle, the secondary cycle and higher education. Primary school is spread over 7 years (from age 6 to 13), secondary school over 5 years (age 13 to 18). Higher education from age 18.
International Schools
There are many international schools especially in big cities and university towns, like Fondazione Villa Grimani - International School in Padua, International School of Milan in Milan, Lycée Chateaubriand in Rome.
Hotel reservation websites
For further information, consult the Ministry of Education website.

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Health System

The Healthcare System
The Italian National Health Service (SSN) is a universal, egalitarian public system. That means it guarantees assistance to all citizens without distinction.
In the public sector, unfortunately, you have to wait a long time to be examined (sometimes you have to wait months for an appointment, even for something urgent).
International Hospitals
International Hospital Salvator Mundi
Health System Insurance Body
The national health insurance website
Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health website

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Italy is world renown for its many tourist sites. A great number of the most well-known and frequently visited historical monuments are in Rome, including: the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. Other cities have many visitors, such as: Venice and its famous canals, Florence and its Uffizi gallery and Pisa and its Leaning Tower.
The historical centres in Rome, Naples and Florence are great to experience by walking. Tuscany and Umbria are two of the most famous regions, known for their culinary delights and stunning landscapes. The Reggia de Caserta (Palace of Caserta), the Villa d'Este, Villa Adriana and the Necropolises of the Etruscans are also very well-known destination.

Night life in Italy caters for all tastes, including: opera and theatre, bars, discotheques and night clubs.
Destinations for tourists looking to experience the natural beauty of Italy include: the Aeolian islands, the island of Asinara, the Maddalena archipelago and the Strait of Bonifacio, the Cascades of the Marmore, the vineyards of Langhe, Monferrato and Valtellina. Mount Etna in Sicily is one of the biggest volcanoes in the world.
While beautiful churches can be found across Italy, the heart of Italian religion can be found at the Vatican, with its famous churches and basilicas.
Italy has numerous spas- some of which date back to antiquity. Some of the biggest and best equipped spas and therapeutic resorts in Italy are: Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme (Veneto), Acqui Terme (Piedmont), Chianciano and Montecatini Terme (Tuscany), Fiuggi (Lazio), Porretta Terme and Salsomaggiore Terme (Emilia-Romagna), Sciacca (Sicily) and Sirmione (Lombardy).
Italy has countless beautiful beaches- including the islands, Liguria, Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily.
Winter Sports
The Alps make up Italy's northern border and the Apennine chain runs the whole length of the country. As a result, Italy is an ideal mountain holiday destination, especially in winter for those who love snow and winter sports.

For further information, consult the Skiinfo website.

Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activities of all sorts- climbing, sailing, trekking and golf- are readily available.
Italian products are recognised all over the world for their class and high quality- many of which are made by local craftsmen at attractive prices.

Florence, Milan and Rome are known the fashion centres and have a tremendous variety of retail destinations. Some places are known for specific products: Como (Lombardy) for silk, Prato (Tuscany) for textiles, Empoli (Tuscany) for the production of bottles and glasses in green glass, Deruta (Umbria) and Faenza (Emilia-Romagna) for pottery, Carrara (Tuscany) for marble, Torre Annunziata (Campania) and Alghero (Sardinia) for coral crafts, Cremona (Lombardy) for violins, Castelfidardo (Marche) for accordions, guitars and organs, Valenza (Piedmont) for goldsmiths, Vietri sul Mare (Campania) for ceramic tiles and Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna) for mosaics.

Tourism Organisations
ENIT, National Tourist Office
Cultural Organizations
The Ministry of Culture website
Hotel reservation websites
The National Tourist Office website

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 41/180

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Catholic 83.4%, No religion 16.1%, Other 0.5%.

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