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Hi Everyione,

I'm deciding whether to ship my household goods or to buy new in Italy.
I as told that shopping and transporting are not as easy in Italy as the US, and I should ship as much or my things as possible to avoid having to buy in Italy.

How is shopping for household goods, furniture, etc in Liguria? Do stores deliver? I'm thinking cars are very small, and to do a big shopping would require a large van or truck if stores don't deliver? Is Genoa the nearest shopping area for hosehold and furniture?

Does anyone know of a good International shipping company for US-Italy transport?

Thanks much!
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One other factor to consider is that houses/homes in Europe tend to be smaller than those in the US. Rooms are smaller - so you may find that large US furniture doesn't fit very well into Italian spaces.

If you know where you will be living and can measure the rooms and stairways and all, you'll have a better idea of what is and isn't practical to ship.
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Hi Everyione,

I'm deciding whether to ship my household goods or to buy new in Italy.
I as told that shopping and transporting are not as easy in Italy as the US, and I should ship as much or my things as possible to avoid having to buy in Italy.

How is shopping for household goods, furniture, etc in Liguria? Do stores deliver? I'm thinking cars are very small, and to do a big shopping would require a large van or truck if stores don't deliver? Is Genoa the nearest shopping area for hosehold and furniture?

Does anyone know of a good International shipping company for US-Italy transport?

Thanks much!
Andrew
Can't help with Italy specifically but I wouldn't bring anything electric, especially not things like printers (they are region coded and European cartridges won't work).

I have a friend from Australia and they were very unhappy that they decided to have everything shipped instead of getting an allowance (from the sponsoring employer) for buying furniture and household goods new in Germany.

The furniture wouldn't quite fit, the apartment had no fitted kitchen, as is the norm in Germany, so they had to buy that out of pocket. About a year after they moved, they needed a new mattress and since the bed was not a standard size in Germany, they had the option of having one custom made (about twice as expensive as a completely new bed including mattress) or buying a new bed.

After a while, their storage space in the basement was chock full of unsuitable furniture from Australia and they had had to buy most things new anyway.

By now, I don't think there is really anything Australian left apart from books.
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Hi Everyione,

I'm deciding whether to ship my household goods or to buy new in Italy.
I as told that shopping and transporting are not as easy in Italy as the US, and I should ship as much or my things as possible to avoid having to buy in Italy.
Who told you that? Virtually everybody delivers furniture ,appliance and electronics. Always have. But even if they didn't it's an Amazon world today and all the larger shops have moved online with home delivery.

There are a few items that aren't common in Italian homes. If any of those are on your list it might make sense. Everything else you'll likely be better off buying here. Depending on the length of the move you will need to replace them eventually.

Go to Amazon.it and search for the items you're thinking about. But outside of a few items you won't have any serious issues.
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BTW up your google maps game. Use it to find nearby stores.
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Nick is absolutely right and looking at the map I would suggest, unless Liguria is very different from the rest of Italy, there is no where far enough to stop delivery from Genoa, and that will have everything. Saying that, delivery can be a bit more expensive, certainly compared to the UK, but as Nick has said Amazon IT or EU can be used. But I would also look at local shops where you often get very good service and goods just as good quality and price. Service often includes installation and aftercare. Again as Nick has indicated use the likes of google maps down to street level to see what shops are around, however some are quite well hidden...
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I didn't mean to intend that the OP should shop on Amazon but merely to use it and places like ikea.it to research. Sorry if I gave that feeling.

The nice thing about amazon is the websites are all the same. You can even search on amazon.uk grab the item number and see if it's available on Amazon.it.

If you don't find something that's a good clue it's not sold in Italy. At times you'll find things only from third party sellers shipping to Italy from abroad. That's also a strong hint that the item isn't commonly sold in Italy.

If you can't find something ask . It might just be a search term issue.

The places in Italy with delivery issues are the islands. You'll pay more for delivery. Some companies won't even ship to them.

But Genoa is the main entry port for many things.
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Thanks everyone, GREAT advice!

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Big mistake to bring household items from the USA to Italy.
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I do not have direct experience, but I think you should try to sell most of your household goods and try and get as much money as you can, and then when you get to Italy, buy what you need. Clothes are more expensive in Europe than USA. Electrical you will want Europe plugs, other stuff you could pick up used to save some money.

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