Italy is safe to live in
What we do know for sure is that traveling to Italy on your own means a before and after in the travel experiences of any foreigner who chooses this corner of the world. We do not know a single person who has not loved it. We came back completely in love with its people, its food and its cities. Shall we start?
We recommend the car option, only if you are going to make a route through nearby countries such as Croatia or France. Keep in mind that parking in cities like Milan, Florence or Venice can cost you a lot of money, since the downtown area is restricted to vehicles or is payable.
The big question you will ask yourself when organizing a trip to Italy. As always, it will depend on the days you have available and what you want to see, but we believe that 7/8 days is the minimum you need to enjoy this Mediterranean country.
To travel around Italy we recommend using the train, it is the best option. The stations are located in the center of the cities, besides being a comfortable and inexpensive transport. Calculate that a trip between Milan and Venice has a price of about 20 euros in modern high-speed trains. Check prices and availability on the Trenitalia website.
Most of these moments are shared around a table. Tables are one of the most important elements of Italian culture because Italians are passionate about food, especially homemade food like spaghetti, tortellini or pizza.
And if the good food and warm people are not enough to make you decide to move to Italy after retirement, we can also tell you that the weather is very nice. You can enjoy every season to the fullest. Winters are not too cold, but you can still find places in the north to ski. Summers are warm enough to enjoy many different types of beaches and coasts where you can relax and sunbathe.
Italy is a member of the European Union and has adopted its official currency: the Euro. If you are going to live in Italy you will have to use Euros at all times, so you will need to open an Italian bank account.
What about taxes? In Italy, you have to pay an income tax which is calculated on your annual tax return. For more information, we recommend that you contact an accountant who can advise you on how to keep up to date with your taxes. But first, take a look at this great article about taxes in Italy for foreigners.
I don’t want to travel alone
Remember that Italy is a member of the Schengen area, made up of 26 European countries. To enter this territory you may or may not require a visa. Check here the countries that do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area.
º Travel insurance. This requirement may be required, not only at the time of migration at any Italian airport, but even the airlines are already requesting it at the time of Check in.
The amounts required by the immigration authorities change frequently, so again, before traveling do not forget to check directly with the ministry’s website, being the most recent information we have:
If a family is traveling where any of the members has a European passport and as long as they are ascendant relatives (mothers and fathers), descendants (children) or couple (husband or wife) they can do the migration management together through the community ticket office.
Traveling alone woman
My first contact with Italy was in 1994 and in 2008 through two organized trips with a very similar itinerary. Here you can read my travel diaries and first impressions. We visited the following cities:
One of the best ways to get to know the country is to drive along its roads. Italy has a large network of freeways and most of the secondary roads are in an acceptable condition. Speed limits are 50 km/h in town, 90 km/h on secondary roads, 110 km/h on main roads and 130 km/h on freeways. However, be careful how Italians drive! They don’t usually look through the rear-view mirrors and don’t usually respect the safety distances.
The train is also a very good way to get to know the country. It is recommended to book in advance and online to get interesting discounts through the official website Italiarail. There are also special fares for senior citizens and children under 26. There are many direct services and sleeping cars that connect the main cities without the need to change trains.