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Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Like international couples, my wife and I travel abroad frequently, often to spend time with family and friends. For expats, traveling is like brushing your teeth, something you do on autopilot without giving it much thought. Well, at least that was the case before you had kids. Now this has become something far more challenging. […]Read More

Universities in Europe:  Some Good Reasons to Go Dutch

Universities in Europe: Some Good Reasons to Go Dutch

As the long August holiday winds down, the beach gear and sunscreen are reassigned to their customary corners of the closet, and many students turn their thoughts towards academic concerns. Both prepared pupils and late bloomers may be pleased to know that it’s not too late to consider an optimal educational opportunity here in Europe: […]Read More

New Italian resident non-dom regime

New Italian resident non-dom regime

1. What is the new regime? The new Italian resident non-dom regime is an incentive regime which aims to boost investments in Italy by attracting high-net-worth individuals to move their residence to Italy, and levying a flat rate €100,000 p.a. substitute tax (in place of Italian tax) on their non-Italian worldwide income and capital gains. […]Read More

Making the Most of Your Summer to Prepare for University Abroad

Making the Most of Your Summer to Prepare for University Abroad

With year-end exams coming to a close, and warm weather clearly in the air, summer is almost here! If you’re considering university abroad in the next few years, you can take advantage of summer opportunities to deepen your knowledge or pursue compelling hobbies, enhance your CV, and “divertirti” all at the same time! Here are […]Read More

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Brexit: Dual Citizenship?

Dual-citizenship will give you the right to live and work in both Italy and the UK, and also in the rest of the EU… Since the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 there has been much discussion by British citizens living in Italy on how to protect their rights to continue living and working in […]Read More

For U.S. Citizens: Filing Extensions While Abroad

For U.S. Citizens: Filing Extensions While Abroad

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside. When to File If you […]Read More

University Abroad in Uncertain Times:  Some Good News

University Abroad in Uncertain Times: Some Good News

Global uncertainty appears to be a common thread—“un filo conduttore,” as they say in Italian—in much of the news these days. In the field of education, we’ve received disheartening word about proposed budget cuts to US federal funding for financial aid, the uncertain future of university tuition fees for EU students, and the introduction of […]Read More

The Challenges of Running a Small Business in Italy

The Challenges of Running a Small Business in Italy

Whether you are just starting a new business in Italy, or if you are already a small owner business, many of the challenges that you face running a company here are the same. Let’s look at some of these daily obstacles that you may run into and let me share my thoughts on how to […]Read More

Italy 101: Understanding the Housing Market

Italy 101: Understanding the Housing Market

The housing market in Italy is very different from other markets and many aspects of it often surprise foreigners relocating here. In order to fully understand how it works, and to avoid any unpleasant surprises, let’s take a look at the most important things to know: 1. Landlord’s Market– Italy, for the most part, is […]Read More

My Resume is My Business Card

My Resume is My Business Card

What is a curriculum vitae (abbreviated as “CV”) used for? A cv (or resumè) is used to introduce yourself to a company – and generally to a potential employer – with which an interest of a professional nature has developed. It is the first step towards the creation of this relationship and precedes other steps […]Read More

Italy: Making a Living & How to Do it!

Italy: Making a Living & How to Do it!

When I first moved to Italy back in 1988, the employment situation and business landscape were very different, many opportunities that exist today, simply did not back then. Technology and the global market place being at our fingertips has had a lot to do with this. When it comes to finding work and making a […]Read More

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

“take heart that every single ex-pat you meet was once as green as you are…” There seems to be no great label for a role that is challenging, hard to define and often overlooked when talking about life as an ex-pat. Historically, the term has been ‘trailing spouse,’ which many feel implies that the one […]Read More

What is the right language for your resume?

What is the right language for your resume?

Some days ago, I found myself strenuously arguing for my view about the language that should be used when drawing a professional profile. My view is the following: whether we’re talking about a CV or a covering letter, your documents should be written in Italian first. Italy has its own culture and language; it hasn’t […]Read More

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

The allure of an overseas assignment can be very appealing to some individuals, especially for certain destinations that are very sought after, such as London. However, it is wise to note, that some of the most unsuccessful relocations from the US, for example, are into the UK – this may seem strange, but many people […]Read More

The Secret for a Career Change!

The Secret for a Career Change!

Amongst the various access channels to the market there’s direct candidacy, in other words: there’s a company that you’d like to work for and you put yourself forward. People don’t believe this approach can work but it does, all you have to do is understand what it means and what you have to do. First […]Read More

Italian Real Estate Outlook for 2017

Italian Real Estate Outlook for 2017

The Italian real estate market continues to show signs of consolidated growth, favored by the persistence of very low home loan interest rates and stable sales prices, now at record lows. After the prolonged decrease in the number of transactions and prices that began in 2007, with 2012 as the ‘annus horribilis’, from 2015 the […]Read More

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

After almost 17 years in Italy, I certainly can’t say I’ve “gone native.” However, there are times that I realize just how second nature certain things have become in my day-to-day life here. I had this realization recently when speaking with an American friend who had just relocated to Italy. She was expressing frustration with […]Read More

Achieving a Successful Checkout in Italy!

Achieving a Successful Checkout in Italy!

The last thing in Italy that you want is dilapidations! The judicial system moves at a glacial pace and it is normal for lawsuits to be settled after many, many years. Given this state of affairs, it behooves everyone to stay clear of a legal route and to aim for a hassle-free departure. How do […]Read More

Relocating To Italy: What You Need to Know Now!

Relocating To Italy: What You Need to Know Now!

You’ve just told your friends and coworkers that you have decided to move to Italy and every one is happy for you, even if, they are a little envious as they conjure up images of Italian apparel, wonderful wine, delicious cuisine, and magnificent seaside towns. Everything seems to be on track until you start hearing […]Read More

Do I need an Italian will for my Italian property?

Do I need an Italian will for my Italian property?

As a foreign owner of Italian real estate, do I also need an Italian Will or does the Will I have in my home country suffice? This is a very important question and the answer is rather complex. The rules that decide which legal system applies have recently changed: Italian Law no. 218/1995 has been […]Read More

BREXIT and UK Car Insurance

BREXIT and UK Car Insurance

You may reading this and be a resident in Italy whilst driving around in car with UK number plates. (Hopefully you are not reading this whilst driving, but I think you understand my point!) Up until BREXIT this would have been fine as long as your insurance allowed you unlimited travel in the EU, and […]Read More

Renting Your Italian Property

Renting Your Italian Property

As examined in Italian property purchase: what is it really going to cost?, being an owner-occupier (“residente”) comes with significant tax advantages, both in terms of the transfer taxes and ongoing expenses. If your time in Italy is instead limited to holidays and you wish to purchase an Italian property you can rent out for […]Read More

Apartment Leases in Italy

Apartment Leases in Italy

Signing contracts for an apartment and figuring out which option is best for you is an important part of living in Italy. When signing an apartment there is some key information that the renter should know first. Rental prices used to be restricted to a set price through the fair rent (equo canone) law, but […]Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and you found yourself feeling more like the person you were back in your home country, but with a new twist. As […]Read More

Italy’s Building Standards: Is your house safe?

Italy’s Building Standards: Is your house safe?

The recent tragedy in central Italy has again highlighted the nation’s shortcomings in regards to building safety standards and the immense challenge it faces to protect its beautiful but vulnerable historic buildings, and those who inhabit them. Most of Italy’s buildings were in fact erected prior to the existence of building codes, often with poor […]Read More

Apartment Rental Prices (Milan)

Apartment Rental Prices (Milan)

Milan is a diverse city characterized by its unique mix of both history and the pathway into the future. There are areas rich with history such as the Piazza del Duomo and new modern areas such as the Piazza Gae Aulenti. The city offers many different types of areas to live, from the upbeat Navigli […]Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it. Again, this can be the most difficult stage of adapting to a new culture and the time in which it is most […]Read More

“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

After the “Brexit” proceedings have ended (hopefully not before 2018-2019), many UK citizens living or working in Italy may no longer meet the current visa requirements for non-EU citizens. Even though the European Union is likely to change the immigration requirements in this regard, it is interesting, in light of this new scenario, to analyze […]Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partner and children in tow.  Sorting out housing, schools, cars, documents – documents! – and much more, add up to […]Read More

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

You fell madly in love with an Italian man, someone who wasn’t like anyone else you had ever met. You quickly realized you could see yourself with this person in a permanent way. You decided you were willing – happy – to leave your own life behind and move across the world to be with […]Read More

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