Moving to Italy

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moving to italyFrom Ancient Rome to the Renaissance, the boot at the bottom of Europe has had a vast influence on European art, culture and politics that continues to be felt.
Offering residents an attractive lifestyle with emphasis focused on family, scenic beauty and world-famous food and wine, expats moving to Italy will be seduced by the country and its passion for la dolce vita, the sweet life.
Italians are fiercely proud of their country and show strong regional alliances. They are also a nation with deep Roman Catholic roots that are entrenched in everyday culture and customs. This is most obvious in the central role that the traditional family has in Italian society.
The focus on family extends into business in Italy as well. A large proportion of Italian businesses are family-owned, from major corporations to the smaller enterprises that make up much of the local economy. Businesses with other forms of ownership still often follow a strict system of hierarchy where age and seniority are respected.
Expats who are lucky enough to move to Italy would be hard-pressed not to stop and enjoy the patterns of daily life. One of these is the passegiata, a much-loved evening ritual where beautifully dressed couples and friends enjoy a gentle stroll through the main streets and piazzas of the old town – just about every occasion in Italy is a reason to celebrate with good food, wine, and family and friends.
In a country that is famous for its fashion, major emphasis is placed on appearances. For Italians, the way a person dresses and acts indicates their social status, family background and level of education. This emphasis on la bella figura, presenting a beautiful image, extends to a person’s confidence and body language, and means that first impressions are important.

Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, so expats can spend their spare time exploring this culturally rich country. Italy has a well-established public transportation network so getting around is fairly straightforward, although things may not run as smoothly as in other European countries. Those who have the desire to explore the rest of the continent will find that Italy is connected to many of its neighbouring countries via excellent train links as well the added advantage of cheap flights. 
With so much on offer, from innovative creative industries to the majesty of its monuments, the impression Italy leaves on expats is often one that lasts a lifetime.

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