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Hi, I'm Rebecca from the US, myself and my long term boyfriend, Chip, would like to move to Italy to retire. We are looking at Le Marche at this time and would love to meet people living there when we come to visit. I also would like to provide info to people moving to the US. My grandfather is from Catabalata, Sicily. This is an awesome Forum, I am impressed. I would especially like to know if Le Marche is an affordable place to live $40,000-$50,000 ($28,904 Euros) for 2 as it is claimed to be in the US. Thanks

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Hi, I'm Rebecca from the US, myself and my long term boyfriend, Chip, would like to move to Italy to retire. We are looking at Le Marche at this time and would love to meet people living there when we come to visit. I also would like to provide info to people moving to the US. My grandfather is from Catabalata, Sicily. This is an awesome Forum, I am impressed. I would especially like to know if Le Marche is an affordable place to live $40,000-$50,000 ($28,904 Euros) for 2 as it is claimed to be in the US. Thanks
Hi Squirrel, I am Jamie and I've lived in Italy for 17 years and originally from the UK.

Firstly do you speak Italian? If not,you will have a major hurdle to get over.

You will need to obtain a permesso di sogiorno (Permission to stay in Italy) and you would need to get this from the Questura when you arrive. You will need a visa also to visit Italy initially if you do not come from a European Union member state.

Italy is still in deep recession and the political situation here is unstable and corrupt. I am married to an Italian girl and we want to leave and set up our business elsewhere, we are actually looking at Florida, Panama, Spain, Australia they have to be hot countries for our business.

In Italy they have made laws for the laws they already have!! This will give you an indication to the bureacracy here and, if you go into any public run establishment, be prepared to wait a long time in a queue as the civil servants don't move fast.

It is expensive to live in Italy, IVA is the value added tax on things you buy and is at the moment set at 22% for most goods and services, in the UK it is 20%. You will be taxed on your savings in the bank as well as on the interest your savings make.(They get you every way they can). You will pay a bank for a credit/debit card and each time you use it at a cash dispenser at another bank, you will also pay if you don't use it even.

Housing is expensive, but checkout this website to give you a rough idea about cost ofliving here in Italy. Cost of Living in Italy. Prices in Italy.

Driving in Italy can be traumatic at times as for Italians a red light is just an option for them and you will see many going through, especially scooters but cars also. This isn'ttoo bad in rural places, but in major cities you need eyes in the backof your head. The rules of the road are thrown in the bin here.

OK those were some of the negatives. The positives are that Italy is a beautiful country with a culture that when you have gotu sed to it, is good. People are generally friendly and helpful, but you get bad apples in every country so you just have to be street wise and careful.

The food is excellent, fresh produce and we have the mediterranean balanced diet which doctors recommend as the best diet for good health.

The history of Italy is of course famous due to the Romans but it is also the art, design and fashion centre of the world in Milan.

The further south of Italy you go there is a lot more unemployment than in the North and it is a slower pace of life in the South, hotter too.

I used to travel all over Italy with my work and Abruzzo is lovely as are most places in Italy all with different dialects and food recipes.

If you have any specific questions you would like to know then just ask and I will truthfully tell you .

What makes you want to retire to Italy from Texas?
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Hi Jaime and Ellie,

Thank you for your lengthy reply on why I would want to move to Italy.

First of all, I really love Europe and my career here has taken a major downfall. I was laid off and I'm at the age where a permanent job is hard to find and healthcare is very expensive. Texas is way too hot!!!! If you want a hot state, think about moving here this is one of them! On the plus side, I can do two things: possibly be a dual citizen, (my grandfather is Sicilian and I am working to find out when he was naturalized) or I would probably qualify for elective residency. In that respect, I realize I am very fortunate.

Really consider moving to Texas. Austin in particular. I don't know what your service is, but people like to buy local here if they can. Of course, they love Amazon too. Austin has one of the lowest unemployment rates (outside of Houston and Dallas). The average income of people in Texas is higher than in Florida (with the exception of Miami and a few other places). In Texas the people are friendly and from all over the world. The internet is fast and unlimited. I will be honest with you as well of the pluses and minuses if you happen to have any questions on Texas or the U.S. There are hills, canyons and lots of things to do, every weekend.

I do not speak Italian, yet. I do realize I will need to and I am not planning an immediate move - probably 3-4 years down the line. I want lots of time to learn about it, visit Italy and really think totally about what moving to Italy. I hope to visit Le Marche next summer - it is probably one of the few places in Italy we could afford to rent.

I did not realize that the banks tax you whether you use your Visa card or not. I did not realize that they have laws for the laws they already have!! I also did not know what they are still in a deep recession (I should have). I do know the Government tends to be corrupt. You are saying you are taxed 22% on almost everything you buy?? I assume groceries are excluded. I thought 8.5% was a lot where I live.

I do know Italians are fast drivers. We (my boyfriend and I) hope to live in a village where I don't have to drive a lot. I'm hoping that if I can be a citizen, it will make it easier for him to come. His employment situation is much more stable than mine, as he has a Mariner's license now and is an Amazon and Ebay Reseller.

I will look at the website you gave me, thanks so much!

I love fresh produce and Italian food. I also love the culture there and fashion. It is such a beautiful country.

Please do let us know how you get on with your new adventure.

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Anyone thinking of moving here should look at this site, it is very interesting and informative, Cost of Living in Italy. Prices in Italy., thanks to Jaime and Ellie.

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Hi Jaime and Ellie,

Thank you for your lengthy reply on why I would want to move to Italy.

First of all, I really love Europe and my career here has taken a major downfall. I was laid off and I'm at the age where a permanent job is hard to find and healthcare is very expensive. Texas is way too hot!!!! If you want a hot state, think about moving here this is one of them! On the plus side, I can do two things: possibly be a dual citizen, (my grandfather is Sicilian and I am working to find out when he was naturalized) or I would probably qualify for elective residency. In that respect, I realize I am very fortunate.

Really consider moving to Texas. Austin in particular. I don't know what your service is, but people like to buy local here if they can. Of course, they love Amazon too. Austin has one of the lowest unemployment rates (outside of Houston and Dallas). The average income of people in Texas is higher than in Florida (with the exception of Miami and a few other places). In Texas the people are friendly and from all over the world. The internet is fast and unlimited. I will be honest with you as well of the pluses and minuses if you happen to have any questions on Texas or the U.S. There are hills, canyons and lots of things to do, every weekend.

I do not speak Italian, yet. I do realize I will need to and I am not planning an immediate move - probably 3-4 years down the line. I want lots of time to learn about it, visit Italy and really think totally about what moving to Italy. I hope to visit Le Marche next summer - it is probably one of the few places in Italy we could afford to rent.

I did not realize that the banks tax you whether you use your Visa card or not. I did not realize that they have laws for the laws they already have!! I also did not know what they are still in a deep recession (I should have). I do know the Government tends to be corrupt. You are saying you are taxed 22% on almost everything you buy?? I assume groceries are excluded. I thought 8.5% was a lot where I live.

I do know Italians are fast drivers. We (my boyfriend and I) hope to live in a village where I don't have to drive a lot. I'm hoping that if I can be a citizen, it will make it easier for him to come. His employment situation is much more stable than mine, as he has a Mariner's license now and is an Amazon and Ebay Reseller.

I will look at the website you gave me, thanks so much!

I love fresh produce and Italian food. I also love the culture there and fashion. It is such a beautiful country.

Please do let us know how you get on with your new adventure.
Thanks for your info about Texas Rebecca, Ellie and I were alsolooking at Phoenix Arizona too.

Our business is gelato artigianale (Italian hand made special ice cream), coffee and and hand made chocolate products we make in our shop, so this is the main reason we are looking for a hot destination as well as better quality of life to live.

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Hi Jaime and Ellie,

Thank you for your lengthy reply on why I would want to move to Italy.

First of all, I really love Europe and my career here has taken a major downfall. I was laid off and I'm at the age where a permanent job is hard to find and healthcare is very expensive. Texas is way too hot!!!! If you want a hot state, think about moving here this is one of them! On the plus side, I can do two things: possibly be a dual citizen, (my grandfather is Sicilian and I am working to find out when he was naturalized) or I would probably qualify for elective residency. In that respect, I realize I am very fortunate.

Really consider moving to Texas. Austin in particular. I don't know what your service is, but people like to buy local here if they can. Of course, they love Amazon too. Austin has one of the lowest unemployment rates (outside of Houston and Dallas). The average income of people in Texas is higher than in Florida (with the exception of Miami and a few other places). In Texas the people are friendly and from all over the world. The internet is fast and unlimited. I will be honest with you as well of the pluses and minuses if you happen to have any questions on Texas or the U.S. There are hills, canyons and lots of things to do, every weekend.

I do not speak Italian, yet. I do realize I will need to and I am not planning an immediate move - probably 3-4 years down the line. I want lots of time to learn about it, visit Italy and really think totally about what moving to Italy. I hope to visit Le Marche next summer - it is probably one of the few places in Italy we could afford to rent.

I did not realize that the banks tax you whether you use your Visa card or not. I did not realize that they have laws for the laws they already have!! I also did not know what they are still in a deep recession (I should have). I do know the Government tends to be corrupt. You are saying you are taxed 22% on almost everything you buy?? I assume groceries are excluded. I thought 8.5% was a lot where I live.

I do know Italians are fast drivers. We (my boyfriend and I) hope to live in a village where I don't have to drive a lot. I'm hoping that if I can be a citizen, it will make it easier for him to come. His employment situation is much more stable than mine, as he has a Mariner's license now and is an Amazon and Ebay Reseller.

I will look at the website you gave me, thanks so much!

I love fresh produce and Italian food. I also love the culture there and fashion. It is such a beautiful country.

Please do let us know how you get on with your new adventure.
I have to tell you also Rebecca, that it is essential to speak and understand the Italian language if you wish to enjoy life and retirement here. I cannot understate this to you too much as there are only a few Italians who will speak to you in English. It isn't a difficult language to learn, but you will need to know it, at the very least the basics to be able to survive here.

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Thanks for your info about Texas Rebecca, Ellie and I were alsolooking at Phoenix Arizona too.

Our business is gelato artigianale (Italian hand made special ice cream), coffee and and hand made chocolate products we make in our shop, so this is the main reason we are looking for a hot destination as well as better quality of life to live.

best regards
Jamie xx
Gelato! Yummy. Certainly it would go over well in Texas. We LOVE chocolate in Austin, and coffee. Whole Foods has a million kinds of chocolate, as well as HEB (the mostly non-organic grocery store). If you decide on a state in the US, be sure to call SCORE for help on setting up your business.

Cheers,
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Hello to All;
I'd like to introduce myself. Briefly, I am an expat in Japan, originally from the USA, working for a large aerospace company. I've been in Japan for about 6 years now, and am finally seeing the light at the end of my time here. My maternal grandparents were from Italy (Veneto), and I have travelled back to Italy a bunch of times over the past 2 decades, including working with a major Italian aerospace company. Now that I am nearing retirement, I am researching my options, with Italy being (by far) at the top of my list.

I'm heading back to Italy for another visit in a few weeks, and will be in and around Siena. For some reason I have always been drawn to that area.

Hello again, and thanks in advance. I'll be posting any questions in the general Forum, of which I'm sure there'll be many.

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Hi Everyone,

In 2010 my wife and I decided it was time to fulfill a long-term fantasy, and buy a place in Italy. After a bit of research, we decided to check out Le Marche, a region that seems almost totally ignored in the American travel guides, and because of the lack of tourism, we hoped it might be cheaper.

We did a 10 day car expedition, but only a few days in, we happened upon a little town called Pergola, that was almost precisely what we were looking for. Our Italian was a bit shaky, but we got up the courage to go into a real estate office and ask if it was possible to buy an old apartment in our price range. Boy, were we surprised when we were shown a beautiful apartment in an 800 year old palazzo. Well, it took 6 months to come up with the money- I sold a collection of mine, but we came to our new apartment, overjoyed to find that the children of the previous owner had decided to leave everything behind, furniture, kitchen ware, bedding, towels, etc.

We now come for 3 month stays twice a year. We don't qualify for a residence visa, and shuttling back and forth from New Hampshire is a drag, but we love it here so much, and have made many Italian friends- this is the friendliest place I've ever been.

Both my wife and I are able to work while we're here, I'm an artist and composer, and Liz is a virtual assistant with lots of American clients. We don't have a car, but our friends here like to take us on day trips all around this incredibly beautiful region. We're right at the foothills of the Appenines, and only 45 minutes from the sea.

We're the only Americans around, and in the three years we've been here, we've only run into American tourists twice. We'd love to get together with any English speakers who are passing through- Pergola is on the route between Marotta and Cagli, not far from Urbino.

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.... we can relocate to Italy. It would be a place near the Tuscany / Umbria border, not far form Cittą della Pieve.
We are a family of 5 and would like to have friendly contacts (preferably via Skype) with people in the area.

We speak English, German and Spanish.
Our Italian is less than poor....

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