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My wife and I (older, retired Americans) moved to the south part of Piemonte nearly 5 years ago. Our experience has been different from some other posters. Our tiny village is filled with people who are not very sophisticated. More then half of them, for example, consider the Piemonte dialect their first language and Italian their second. Very few people speak Italian to each other, preferring dialect. In fact, a few old timers don't speak Italian at all, so it has been hard for us to learn Italian as quickly as we would have liked We almost never see a foreign tourist and hardly any Italian visitors either. Most of our friends were born within a 25km radius. This is exactly the sort of closed society which a foreigner would expect to be less than friendly.

However, we have been more warmly greeted and more accepted here than any other place we've lived in the past; and that includes a great many U.S. cities as well as a couple of foreign countries. Not only have we made many great social contacts we've made a few "really good" friends; the kind who would bail you out of jail at 2:00am or hold a wet towel to you head while you throw up.

Our social calendar is normally too full rather than too empty. We frequently find ourselves having to endure a typical HUGE Saturday dinner at one friend's house followed by an equally gigantic Sunday lunch at another house. This is not the place to lose weight.

Even though our village is very small it has two groceries, two butcher shops, a baker, a hair dresser, a barber shop, hardware store, garden store, four bars, two pizza joints, one fancy restaurant, a flower shop, two tobacco shops, two doctors, a pharmacy, and the best dentist I've ever used.

If you're into disco dancing, a small village in Piedmont isn't for you, but if you're looking for quiet clean country living, you have plenty of choices. To enjoy it, you would have to be able to make your own fun and, like us, be willing to reach out to the local folks. For example, we hosted a garden dinner party for 50 people 6 months after we moved in. I suspect (in fact I know) that many of the unhappy foreign residents in Italy tend to socialize with other foreigners too much and don't make much effort to interact with the local Italians. If you want friends, go out and get some. If you wait for the phone to ring, you may be disappointed but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has moved out of their own comfort zone.

Of course, Piedmont has Turin as well as quite a few large cities so you aren't far from everything you might need if you live in the boondocks or, if you are more of a city type, living in a medium or large city might be a better choice for you, but the cost of living will be somewhat higher.

This part of Italy definitely has four seasons featuring long periods of fantastic Spring and Fall weather and a short period of cold winter weather as well as a short period of hot summer weather. Of course, weather is altitude dependent. We live at 200 meters and I am always happy to see cold winter rain at my house while looking up at the surrounding hills because I realize people up there are dealing with half a meter of snow. This year I used my snow blower only once to clear my long driveway. On the other hand, those living up at 400 meters are cooler in the summer. Last summer I didn't use a fan for sleeping at night, but the year before that I used on for about a month, but we have pretty good ventilation and live in an old stone house. I've also had to use the snow blower more in years past, but not enough to make me want to move further south.

Bottom line: We like it here.
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mozzela I got that feeling you have described a bit our little village and area and we are very happy here
when you started by saying the people were not sophisticated and youst italiian as there second lingo my back went up a bit and I thought why should they speak Italian for your benefit , then as I read further , I found you found this a positive experience , well done for intergrating as we have done in our little village in abruzzo
The only advantage we have over you is the weather , its a lot warmer here in the winter ,but we still have snow on the mountane 25 mins by road from our house and the sea 20 mins form our house paradise

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Hi, Thank you so much for responding. That's quite a bit of info there.

Where exactly are you living? I was thinking of somewhere in the area of Sauze d'Oeulx or Sansucarino.

I'm also older, 60, but am self-employed and can work from wherever so long as I have a good internet connection.

And no, not looking for disco entertainment!!!

That was a great idea of yours, hosting a garden party. As much as it's nice having Anglos around, my philosophy is that when you are living in a country, you need to be part of the culture.

I just love the idea of being able to ski whenever I want in the winter and take the rest of the year as it comes.

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My wife and I (older, retired Americans) moved to the south part of Piemonte nearly 5 years ago. Our experience has been different from some other posters. Our tiny village is filled with people who are not very sophisticated. More then half of them, for example, consider the Piemonte dialect their first language and Italian their second. Very few people speak Italian to each other, preferring dialect. In fact, a few old timers don't speak Italian at all, so it has been hard for us to learn Italian as quickly as we would have liked We almost never see a foreign tourist and hardly any Italian visitors either. Most of our friends were born within a 25km radius. This is exactly the sort of closed society which a foreigner would expect to be less than friendly.

However, we have been more warmly greeted and more accepted here than any other place we've lived in the past; and that includes a great many U.S. cities as well as a couple of foreign countries. Not only have we made many great social contacts we've made a few "really good" friends; the kind who would bail you out of jail at 2:00am or hold a wet towel to you head while you throw up.

Our social calendar is normally too full rather than too empty. We frequently find ourselves having to endure a typical HUGE Saturday dinner at one friend's house followed by an equally gigantic Sunday lunch at another house. This is not the place to lose weight.

Even though our village is very small it has two groceries, two butcher shops, a baker, a hair dresser, a barber shop, hardware store, garden store, four bars, two pizza joints, one fancy restaurant, a flower shop, two tobacco shops, two doctors, a pharmacy, and the best dentist I've ever used.

If you're into disco dancing, a small village in Piedmont isn't for you, but if you're looking for quiet clean country living, you have plenty of choices. To enjoy it, you would have to be able to make your own fun and, like us, be willing to reach out to the local folks. For example, we hosted a garden dinner party for 50 people 6 months after we moved in. I suspect (in fact I know) that many of the unhappy foreign residents in Italy tend to socialize with other foreigners too much and don't make much effort to interact with the local Italians. If you want friends, go out and get some. If you wait for the phone to ring, you may be disappointed but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has moved out of their own comfort zone.

Of course, Piedmont has Turin as well as quite a few large cities so you aren't far from everything you might need if you live in the boondocks or, if you are more of a city type, living in a medium or large city might be a better choice for you, but the cost of living will be somewhat higher.

This part of Italy definitely has four seasons featuring long periods of fantastic Spring and Fall weather and a short period of cold winter weather as well as a short period of hot summer weather. Of course, weather is altitude dependent. We live at 200 meters and I am always happy to see cold winter rain at my house while looking up at the surrounding hills because I realize people up there are dealing with half a meter of snow. This year I used my snow blower only once to clear my long driveway. On the other hand, those living up at 400 meters are cooler in the summer. Last summer I didn't use a fan for sleeping at night, but the year before that I used on for about a month, but we have pretty good ventilation and live in an old stone house. I've also had to use the snow blower more in years past, but not enough to make me want to move further south.

Bottom line: We like it here.

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hi, just so you know, if the internet is so important maybe do research with big adsl companys before you buy or rent, as alot of these beautiful mountain or country villages dont have adsl available, like me, we have had to go for internet via satelite which is ok, but not the best and expensive.....
so go on the google and search from, tim, vodafone, and fastweb etc and check the copertura of the addresses you like!

pudd yes you are right, but saying that we have lots more work up North, so it evens out

all the best, im in the ovada area close to liguria, and its beautiful!

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Thanks Stacey for the info. Are you in a ski area?

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Thanks Stacey for the info. Are you in a ski area?
hi, no its not really a ski area, but its not far away, but i dont ski anyway haha

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when you started by saying the people were not sophisticated and youst italiian as there second lingo my back went up a bit and I thought why should they speak Italian for your benefit , then as I read further , I found you found this a positive experience , well done for intergrating as we have done in our little village in abruzzo ......... snip ............
I'm glad you didn't misunderstand my point which was to say that one need not live in a chichi neighborhood to be happy in Italy. The fact that almost nobody speaks English and a great many people don't speak Italian as their primary language is not a criticism, only an observation. But I will admit that discovering that the Piemonte dialect is so widely used came as something of a surprise to me.

A good number of my friends make wine from grapes they grow themselves. Some families I hang out with never buy store bought bread; it's always baked in their home wood fired oven every few days. The local ladies are more likely to be picking wild greens from the fields and forests than in the store buying pre-washed lettuce in a plastic bag. Nearly everyone has a vegetable garden of some kind.

In other words, we're rather country oriented around here and that's just fine with me. The residents know how to to live well and be happy without being wealthy or putting on fancy airs.

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Very true :-)

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Hi there.
I am new in this forum and I'm going to be quick.
My company is going to transfer me at vinovo piemonte from Canada and i will need your help please.
First of all how is the things over there? I mean about unemployment , life and cost of living.
And secondly how is the salaries or the hourly payment?
Thank you.

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Hi there.
I am new in this forum and I'm going to be quick.
My company is going to transfer me at vinovo piemonte from Canada and i will need your help please.
First of all how is the things over there? I mean about unemployment , life and cost of living.
And secondly how is the salaries or the hourly payment?
Thank you.
i would have thought your company would have all this imfo

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