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FreeFall 25th February 2012 01:46 AM

Best place to move to (northern) Italy.
 
Hello.

I am thinking about moving to Italy this spring/summer and i wanted to hear some opinions/experiences on which cities/places would be the cheapest and most "hospitable" (easier for people with lack of italian language knowladge to navigate).

My original idea was Verona but ,at least in my mind, it seems that its not the cheapest city to live in (or am i wrong?!) so i am looking for options anywhere in the northern Italy region.

My main concerns are the cheaper the better living expenses and low crime rate (although it doesnt seem to be TOO big of an issue in norther side) as well as access to transport like close to big train lines.

Any input would be appricated.

P.s
Any comments on economical situation (i know its not bright as in most of europe or world for that matter) and how people are being affected by it would also be welcomed.

antb 26th February 2012 01:29 PM

Hi

For me, Verona without doubt. It has a beautiful city, lake and mountains.

I have been living here for 7 years and I absolutely love the place and the people.

Let me know if you require further info.

FreeFall 26th February 2012 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by antb (Post 725311)
Hi

For me, Verona without doubt. It has a beautiful city, lake and mountains.

I have been living here for 7 years and I absolutely love the place and the people.

Let me know if you require further info.

I have visited Verona and i loved it too but i am worried that it might be too expensive of a place to live at... so i decided to look for other options in the norther side of Italy.

Could you share more? Would love to hear all... ;) And are you aware of how other cities are differenet job wise and living expenses wise? (job in an optional thing not a requirment)

Thanks.

antb 26th February 2012 03:11 PM

To be honest it's not easy to compare in terms of day to day expenses but I think it is pretty much the same wherever you go unless you decide to go deep south.

If you want to live in the centre then it's a different matter, as it is in most countries.

For house prices you can make this comparison via the web sites like:
Fondocasa
Maxicase
Tecnocasa
Casaverona

Good luck!!!

FreeFall 26th February 2012 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by antb (Post 725379)
To be honest it's not easy to compare in terms of day to day expenses but I think it is pretty much the same wherever you go unless you decide to go deep south.

If you want to live in the centre then it's a different matter, as it is in most countries.

For house prices you can make this comparison via the web sites like:
Fondocasa
Maxicase
Tecnocasa
Casaverona

Good luck!!!

Do you mean living in centre is more expensive in regards to rental prices or other living expenses?

antb 26th February 2012 04:01 PM

Going out to eat in the city centre is slightly more expensive but nothing exaggerated.

I think you'll find that renting or buying in the centre will cost more than getting something just outside. I live about 15 mins from the centre, the same also from the lake and to be honest I wouldn't live anywhere else.

IMO it's important to find the right balance between what you can afford and the quality of life the location can offer. You could go to the middle of nowhere, buy big and be miles from anywhere. Personally I would prefer to live in the right location in something smaller and build from that. Remember that you will be moving to a strange place so finding the things that make you happy/comfortable is imperative.
If you want the quiet life then the rules change.

FreeFall 26th February 2012 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by antb (Post 725417)
Going out to eat in the city centre is slightly more expensive but nothing exaggerated.

I think you'll find that renting or buying in the centre will cost more than getting something just outside. I live about 15 mins from the centre, the same also from the lake and to be honest I wouldn't live anywhere else.

IMO it's important to find the right balance between what you can afford and the quality of life the location can offer. You could go to the middle of nowhere, buy big and be miles from anywhere. Personally I would prefer to live in the right location in something smaller and build from that. Remember that you will be moving to a strange place so finding the things that make you happy/comfortable is imperative.
If you want the quiet life then the rules change.

Do you mean 15 mins by car or foot? (i assume you mean lake garda?) If its 15 by car do you know a price range for renting a place? Its seems anywhere in centre and around it - its abour 400-500 euro for a small flat...

Also what do you mean by "strange place"... ;)

antb 26th February 2012 07:52 PM

15 mins by car and in strange I mean different :-D

Christina_G 29th February 2012 02:26 PM

Hi
Sounds a lovely place, we have just returned to UK after retiring to Turkey. We loved it there (well most things) but missed the grandchildren too much. Also things there were getting expensive, meat very dear. Eating out used to be enjoyable but now with new hotels going all inclusive the waiters are getting desperate so you can't walk anywhere without being hassled
to eat! But we did enjoy our time there (even brought two stray cats home!)
If anyone needs a house /pet sitter this year we would be glad to have a couple of weeks in the sun
Christina

ddgg 6th March 2012 01:09 PM

Hi. I am currently living in the US but would like to move to Italy in the near future. I have visited several time and enjoyed the European lifestyle. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to live on the Adriatic side in central Italy. I am 50 years old and looking for a simple life where I can enjoy the land, sea, fresh food and genuine people. Thanks you for any input!


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