Italy has become one of the first immigration destinations in the European Union. The country's rich culture, gastronomy, and mild climate attract foreign workers from all over the world. Here are some practical information to facilitate your life in Italy.
• The cost of living in Italy:
The cost of living in Italy is 8% lower than in France. On the other hand, local purchasing power is 10% lower.
Electricity, gas and telephone rates are higher than in France.
When traveling, plan an on-site budget of at least 90 € / day and per person.
In Italy, the French school network comprises 6 schools. Scholarships may be awarded to children from French families who do not have sufficient resources to cover tuition fees.
• Work in Italy:
To be fluent in Italian is a major asset to find a job in Italy. If this is not the case, you should at least understand what the Italians say and be able to express yourself.
The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Italy helps companies to find bilingual or trilingual candidates, and candidates to find a job in Italy.
• Driving in Italy:
Driving in Italy is a little sporty, nobody respects the rules of the road. It is mandatory to turn on your lights, day and night, and a first aid kit must equip your vehicle.
Historic city centers are often closed to traffic, there are free parking on the outskirts of cities. Parking spaces with blue lines are paid, the yellow reserved for residents, and the white ones are free.
• Eating habits:
Meals are served at the same times as in France, at 1 pm for lunch and at 8 pm for dinner.
The restaurants are quite expensive. The trattorias are more affordable, the Osteria offers few meals and looks more like a bar.
Small local shops and markets still exist in Italy. Supermarkets are rarer than in France and are on the outskirts of cities.
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