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VIP Strategy Hour – This special one-hour expat coaching session is aimed at individuals who want to take their life, business, or career to the next level when they move to Italy.

For more information, please feel free to contact me

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Milan, capital of Italian / international fashion. Cosmopolitan, luxury, art, gastronomy, culture…  fashionistas, enthusiasts.

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Rome …sunrise over Vatican  (source: CondeNastTraveler)

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Ponte Vecchio. Firenze (Florence)

Uffizi gallery, Firenze; one of the oldest and most famous art museums of Europe.

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Italy is commonly regarded as high-tax jurisdiction, which makes it important to look for tax efficient ways to manage your financial planning. One popular solution for Italian residents with investment assets is to use a compliant tax wrapper as a vehicle for managing long-term investments.

For more information, feel free to contact Adam Smith of Valiant Wealth at

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Damien O’Farrell
Global Mobility Expert

Expat Coach | 30+ Years’ Experience | Bespoke Programs | Public Speaker | Ultimate Italy Newsletter

Whether it has been your dream to move to live in Italy for a lifetime, or if you are moving here for another reason, below you will find a series of steps that you should ideally do before you arrive in Italy or immediately after you get here.

Planning ahead of your permanent move to Italy will ensure that your relocation to Italy will go as smoothly as possible.

Before You Arrive

Your Legal Status: Unless you have Italian or EU citizenship, you will need a visa / permit of stay to live and work legally in Italy.
Personal Documents: There are several documents required in Italy to legalize one’s status. Therefore, make sure that you have all of these, legalized and apostilled, if required, before moving to Italy.
Cost of Living: Unless you are moving to a third-tier city, life in the major markets like Rome and Milan, especially in terms of rent versus average salary is expensive.

When You Arrive

Tax Code: One of the first items that you will need to process is your Italian Tax Code (Codice Fiscale).
Home Search: Unless you will be staying with a friend or a relative, you will need to carry out a home search with a realtor or by looking at classifieds.

Town Hall Registration: All EU citizens who will reside in Italy for more than 90 days are obliged by law to register at their local Town Hall. Non-EU citizens, after they get their Work Permit & Permit of Stay, may also choose to become residents.

Relocating to Italy can be very exciting, but at the same time, it can present several obstacles and some challenging issues.

Should you need any assistance with your relocation or immigration in Italy, please feel free to contact me 

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Two Italian coffee companies, Pellini and Vergnano, celebrate 100 years in business –


Chianti / Tuscany, famous vineyard landscape 

Rooftop bar/restaurant and the Gran Deluxe at Hotel Hassler, Piazza della Trinita’ Dei Monti 6, 00187 Rome Italy

Driving in Italy
While driving in Italy, you need to keep to the right side of the road. Tourists visiting Italy from other EU member states can drive with their national license without the need of obtaining an International Driver’s License.

The legal age to drive in Italy is 18 years old, while 14-year-olds are permitted to drive a moped of motorcycle of 50cc up to a maximum speed of 45km/h.

Italian car rental companies do not rent to individuals under the age of 21 years of age.

In accordance with Italian law, if a resident of a Non-EU country such as the US or New Zealand violates a traffic law, the offender must pay the fine in the moment when it is issued. Failure to pay immediately may result in the police confiscating the vehicle.

International Driving Licenses

If one is coming to Italy with a Non-EU driving license, it would be advantageous to obtain an IND (International Driver’s License) before arriving. This can serve as an additional means of proof of identity and can be requested when renting a car.

NB: An IND is not a driving license – drivers must always keep with them their national, state-issued, or province or territory-issued driving license.

Permanent Residents (EU and Non-EU)

The US, Canada, and Australia do not have a national-issued license. Instead, each state, territory, or province issues its own license and Italy, more often than not, does not have an agreement with countries that issue their licenses at a local level.

In Italy, a license from a country, state, province, or territory with which Italy does not have a reciprocal agreement, is valid for one year from the time you request Italian residency.

Before the window of one year expires, if you wish to continue driving in Italy legally, you will need to take the Italian driving test. Unfortunately, this is only available in Italian (French and German are also available if you live in the Italian regions where these are official languages).

EU driving licenses can either be exchanged or validated at the Motor Vehicle Department (Motorizzazione) or a driving school – this is case-specific and needs to be looked at further.

360° Italian Immigration
Premium Consultation

Are you a Non-EU citizen? Would you like to live and work in Italy? Do you find Italian immigration confusing? Do you find the information found online inconsistent and unclear?

Then my Italian Immigration – 360° Consultation is for you!

Allow my colleague, an Italian lawyer specializing in immigration and citizenship law, as well as former legal advisor to the immigration office of the Rome Prefecture, to lead you through a thorough overview of Italian immigration and what visa options you may pursue.

Some of the Italian immigration options open to Non-EU citizens include:

  • Intracompany Transfer – learn when and how this is possible.
  • Elective Residency Visa – what is it and how do you qualify.
  • European Blue Card – Learn about the qualifying criteria and if you can apply for it.
  • Self-Employment Visa – Explore how can you qualify for this visa and what funds you need to have.
  • Family Unification Permit of Stay – How can you qualify for this permit and what do you need to apply.
  • Study Visa – How can you obtain this and how can you convert it to a work permit of stay.
  • Digital Nomad Visa – Only partial information available, as the decree has not been issued yet. May be available in 2022.
If your dream as a Non-EU citizen is to live and work in Italy, but you are unsure as to how to make this dream a reality, then this Italian immigration consultation, containing the latest and most up-to-date information, will clarify a lot of the doubts you may have and will answer any questions you have.

To book your premium 360° Italian Immigration Consultation, please feel free to contact me.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is not intended to replace legal advice. It is provided exclusively for general informational purposes only, and due to the nature of how information quickly changes, it may not represent the most current information available, at the time of being sent. This newsletter may contain links to third-party websites, vendors, or professionals, and these are provided solely for the convenience of the reader. For any personal legal, immigration, or tax matters, the reader should seek out the appropriate professional assistance or guidance.
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