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Old 11th January 2014, 02:21 AM
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Oh dear. Maybe that changed. I hope not.

Regarding medical insurance, as you can probably guess the ideal date for Australians with Medicare to move to Italy is in mid-July. That means the 6 months of Medicare takes you to mid-January, then ASL enrollment can take over for the full calendar year (and subsequent years).

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there are numerous ways of getting heath care in Italy , all legal and non cost that much some cost nothing
ive said it before and ill say it again , nothing is black and white in Italy , it all depends how the buracrat you go see reads the law on that day , in his office which is in his mind his world and not part of Italy
I learnt this early on , I soon found out not to quete the regs or the law or common sence but keep smilling and take someone with you who is Italian and knows people no bribes just smiles
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Default Sulmona area in Abruzzo

Is there anyone that has relocated to Sulmona or the neighbouring area. I have been doing some research and it looks like a lovely area not somewhere I had focused on before. We are planning to retire to the Abruzzo/Le Marche area and have been to Northern Abrozzo but not as far as Sulmona. We are looking for good medical facilities,public transportation, good quality of life near a vibrant town with shops markets theater etc where we can integrate into Italian life. Appreciate anyones imput.
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The Italian consulate in Houston helpfully snip... of crappy insurance providers. (Click on the English button at the top right of the page if the page comes up mostly empty.) And it turns out the visa-compliant insurance can be crappier than I thought since they say a 30,000 euro limit is sufficient.

This is what Houston thinks. There might be slight variations at other consulates, so ask when the time comes. (Only ask about visa-compliant insurance. Don't ask about what you're going to do in Italy -- that's beyond scope for the consulate. Keep it simple.) In Australia, Medicare and its 6 months of coverage in Italy is in your favor, and presumably Italian consulates in Australia would know how that works. (Bring your Medicare cards.) So presumably you could get 6 months of crappy insurance coverage that starts immediately after your 6 months of Medicare runs out, preferably with the ability to cancel that insurance for a full or near-full refund after you arrive in Italy and before it goes into effect (so that you can enroll in ASL in Italy).

On edit: If you don't like Houston's list, just use your favorite Internet search engine to find "Schengen visa medical insurance" and you should get some hits. The central point, though, is that satisfying the visa requirement requires only Schengen-compliant minimum (crappy) coverage, in your case for 12+ months total (since you're applying for ER visas). You wouldn't actually want to live with such insurance (unless you're broke), and once you get into Italy you wouldn't.

Hi BBCWatcher,
Me too, every night at 6:00 pm EST (BBC News).
I'm curious as to the basis for your obvious in depth and extensive knowledge regarding Italian relocation related issues for potential American expats. Your profile indicates you are an American expat, but in Singapore. Where did the Italian SME come from? I'm another American citizen interested in possible relo to Abbruzo for retirement and am finding your posts most helpful and intriguing.
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Sorry folks, not sure if I am putting this new question in the correct spot. We are, in effect, pescatarians (if that is the right spelling!) and are very much against the hunting of animals. It appears the hunting lobby is a major force in Italy and I was wondering how Abruzzo fits in. I would hate to end up in a place where hunters materialise from September to January/February each year. That would be my worst nightmare! Obviously Tuscany, Umbria and Sardinia appear to be the worst areas for this. Many thanks for any info people are able to provide.

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Hunting is wide spread in Italy. The only difference you might see is in the start/stop dates. The hunters and their dogs are common sights in the countryside. You won't see them in the cities.

There are virtually no natural predators left outside of man.

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Sorry folks, not sure if I am putting this new question in the correct spot. We are, in effect, pescatarians (if that is the right spelling!) and are very much against the hunting of animals. It appears the hunting lobby is a major force in Italy and I was wondering how Abruzzo fits in. I would hate to end up in a place where hunters materialise from September to January/February each year. That would be my worst nightmare! Obviously Tuscany, Umbria and Sardinia appear to be the worst areas for this. Many thanks for any info people are able to provide.
if you don't like hunting Italy is the wrong place for you they even shoot themselves normely 50 or so a year
But hang on a moment you could buy in the national park of Abruzzo as I have done pretoro there is no shooting allowed in the park and its large with maney villages .so don't write of abruzzo google the abruzzo nat park its run by pan parks
Pretoro rapino fara filoriom petre are all in the park so google them as well , we have bears wolves egles dear and all sorts of animals good luck
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Thanks folks
I am sitting here devastated. After all the months and months of investigations re buying, health cover, driving licence, etc etc, we are in the process of applying to renew our British Passports (have Australian ones) as it appears easier to buy property, reside etc as British Citizens rather than have to go through the Elective Residence Visa (which we can do but more red tape), have even started learning Italian.....the hunting issue was percolating at the back of my mind but I was so busy sorting out the logistics of moving to Italy I ignored it. I will certainly follow through on the possibility of buying in or near the national park (I prefer bears and wolves for neighbours rather than hunters). I had started thinking of the Chieti area, not sure how that fits in but I will investigate. All the beauty of the Italian way of life to be marred with such barbarity! Have even been in contact with people with property to sell. To say I am devastated is an understatement.

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There's no (animal) hunting in urban areas that I've observed. If animals don't go there, hunters don't follow.

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Thanks BBCWatcher, I appreciate the sentiment but I am hoping not to live in a suburb. As I am of course 'ignorant' of real life in Italy and as I assume we would be choosing say a place like Introdacqua I am unsure if one would be affected by hunters and their barbaric pastime in that kind of village/town. We had in fact moved our search across to Tuscany/Umbria (in particular Bagni di Lucca and/or Barga) but I think from what little I can gather, that would not be the place for us - though I could be wrong. Being 99% vegetarian we need a region where the food is more the classic Mediterranean rather than 99% carnivore.

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