If you are serious about planning a new life in Italy, you will need to consider certain factors very carefully. We asked an expert to offer their best advice.
After many years of searching for the ideal place to experience la dolce vita, we moved to the stunning region of Le Marche in 2007. We fell in love with ‘real Italy’, the hill top medieval towns, rolling hills of vineyards, olive groves and sunflowers, blue flag beaches within a 20-minute drive for the summer months and the Sibillini Mountains for skiing and sledging during the winter months. For us it ticked all the boxes for an idyllic location for our family to settle.
Looking back we could have made things a little easier for ourselves, learning more Italian would be top of the list!
Working as an interior designer and property developer was a whole different experience in Le Marche. Initially it was hard to find suppliers and my working hours changed too. Businesses still close for four hours over lunchtime and more often than not I would have to drive for miles to check out one of the many local artisans, but it was always worth it.
If you are contemplating relocating to Italy, make a list of the things that are important to you and your family
If you are contemplating relocating to Italy, make a list of the things that are important to you and your family, don’t buy a property in a remote area if you like to be part of a bustling city. Do you want to be close to the sea, have shops and restaurants within walking distance?
Be patient you will find your own dolce vita.
Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, Appassionata
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