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Old 2nd July 2013, 04:42 AM
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I have been living in Southern Italy for 4 years now and never regretted it for a minute.

One thing I found is that the books about moving, living and working here are full of incorrect information! - not sure if it is just out of date or things just vary a lot around the country. Did you have particular questions?

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Hi joe, I am from Georgia and I just retired and moved to Italy in march. Dongiorgio is right, I read many books and no one agrees. Also it's easier for Brits cause they are part of EU. Let me know if I can help, which part of Italy are you looking at? Mary

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DonGiorgio and Mary: Thanks for the response! At the moment we have been considering the Abruzzo region. We are open, also thinking about further north, but haven't ruled out any areas except the large cities. Much depends on cost of real estate (or rentals) and other daily costs of living. We aren't wealthy, just moderately comfortable. We will likely want to live daily on our combined social security rather than dip into our savings.

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That won't be a problem, especially more south and smaller towns. I am also in Abruzzo which is just beautiful and since I didn't want a car(expensive)I picked Vasto right on the sea and good transportation. Also I have relatives here. It's the best thing I've ever done, but start learning Italian now, it isn't as easy to find English speaking in small towns.

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That won't be a problem, especially more south and smaller towns. I am also in Abruzzo which is just beautiful and since I didn't want a car(expensive)I picked Vasto right on the sea and good transportation. Also I have relatives here. It's the best thing I've ever done, but start learning Italian now, it isn't as easy to find English speaking in small towns.
Vasto looks to be beautiful! Abbiamo viaggiato in Italia e stanno migliorando a parlare. Any comments you care to make about real estate prices (euros) for apartments (rental or purchase) or small homes?

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Vasto looks to be beautiful! Abbiamo viaggiato in Italia e stanno migliorando a parlare. Any comments you care to make about real estate prices (euros) for apartments (rental or purchase) or small homes?
It depends how big you want and how much in town you want to be. You are lucky, I am still studying but getting better every day. My apt is a bit over 800 sq ft with a balcony and huge terrazza with a view of the sea. I can walk to the old center in less than 5 min. In the old center of town this same apt would be out of my price range. I've seen advertised apartments for 70,000 and up. Another American couple bought a townhouse closer to the beach for 150,000 and it has 3 levels, tiny courtyard and large terrazza on top. Hope this helps

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It depends how big you want and how much in town you want to be. You are lucky, I am still studying but getting better every day. My apt is a bit over 800 sq ft with a balcony and huge terrazza with a view of the sea. I can walk to the old center in less than 5 min. In the old center of town this same apt would be out of my price range. I've seen advertised apartments for 70,000 and up. Another American couple bought a townhouse closer to the beach for 150,000 and it has 3 levels, tiny courtyard and large terrazza on top. Hope this helps
Tes it does! We likely would be looking in the 70K to 100K range. Center of town is nice but not necessary. Maybe a smart car. How is the mosquito problem there? Wife has an allergy controlled by steroids so we won't consider jungles... lol.

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It depends how big you want and how much in town you want to be. You are lucky, I am still studying but getting better every day. My apt is a bit over 800 sq ft with a balcony and huge terrazza with a view of the sea. I can walk to the old center in less than 5 min. In the old center of town this same apt would be out of my price range. I've seen advertised apartments for 70,000 and up. Another American couple bought a townhouse closer to the beach for 150,000 and it has 3 levels, tiny courtyard and large terrazza on top. Hope this helps
Don't think you'll have a problem. I have been told there are Mosquitos but not like Georgia. The car is doable because most other things here are reasonable. I just don't like driving. Although I have read that insurance is high here. If you want me to email let me know yours, so business isn't out there. Mary

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Don't think you'll have a problem. I have been told there are Mosquitos but not like Georgia. The car is doable because most other things here are reasonable. I just don't like driving. Although I have read that insurance is high here. If you want me to email let me know yours, so business isn't out there. Mary
Tried sending you a private message. Not sure it got there.

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It did, glad you could figure it out, I couldn't

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