Moving to Italy

We are a UK based company that provides the UK public with load shipping to Italy services.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Italy is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Italy.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to Italy easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Italy . For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK Embassy in Italy


Population; 58,103,033 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia

Geography; Terrain mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands

Climate; predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Language; Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)

Currency; euro (EUR)

Government; republic

Religion; predominately Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community

Economy and Jobs

Work permit; An EU resident does not require a visa to work in Italy , but needs a stay permit. A work permit is granted, subject to an investigation to ensure that the matter concerns a skilled worker who has no criminal background and who will not present a threat to local employment or employment of workers from the EU. A work permit is granted only when the applicant is outside Italy when he/she makes the application. The work permit is granted for a maximum of one year with an option to extend it as necessary.

Finding work; Italians are given preference for jobs, followed by EU citizens. Jobs given to non-EU nationals tend to be senior executive roles for multinational companies.
Italy has NO private employment agencies, the government employment agency only registers Italian citizens.

Social security; Employers in Italy pay all social security benefits. Workers earn 14 months of salary each year, with paid sick leave and free healthcare. Job security is protected by labour laws. The state sets salaries, categorised by type of work.

Moving to Italy

Visas & Passport; EU citizens only need to show a valid passport or identity card to enter Italy , as no visa is necessary. However, within 8 days of arrival, all visitors must register with the local police authority (“Questura”), fill in forms declaring they plan to stay, and obtain from them a residence permit (“permesso di soggiorno”), which makes their stay in the country legal – these are essential for anyone staying more than 3 months.

Residency; For individuals working in Italy , issue of the residence permit is straightforward. Students or the unemployed will need to prove they have enough funds not to be a burden on the state's social security or sickness insurance schemes.
Once established in your new home, you can exchange your permit for a full residence certificate (“Certificato di Residenza”).

Cars; To own a car in Italy you need a full certificato di residenza. To register or buy a car you also need a tax code number (codice fiscale). Non-residents with a permesso di soggiorno can drive on a foreign or international licence until they have lived in Italy for one year. The International Licence is preferable – apply in your home country before you go, straightforward process. After a year's residence, non-Europeans must acquire an Italian licence, whilst Europeans with an EU model licence can keep using it. The EU model licence still has to be authenticated at the nearest Motorizzazione

Living In Italy

Renting; A long term rental is any rental over three months. You can expect the price for a long term rental to be much cheaper than the weekly rate for a vacation rental - less than half what would be charged for one month of weekly rentals. Many long term rentals in Italy are furnished. Be sure you know exactly what you are getting. I have heard of some rentals where the tenant owns the kitchen equipment and takes that with them.

Education; Italian state schools provide free education. Lessons are taught in Italian. School is compulsory for children aged 6 to 14, but current education reforms are raising this to 16. To enroll a child at school, you will need their birth certificate, health records (details of illnesses and immunisations) and school reports from their previous school
Very young children can attend nursery schools “Scuola Materne” or kindergarten “Asili Nido” - either public or private. International schools remain popular with expatriate families, particularly those who have relocated for work and plan to return home. Lessons are mainly taught in English, following the British curriculum, so there is consistency for children, should they move back home .

Health; Once in possession of the residence permit, you can register with your local health authority (“L'Unita Sanitaria Locale” or USL) to obtain your national health number. You can then register with a doctor.When you visit your doctor's surgery (ambulatorio), be prepared to wait, as there are no appointments – the system is first come, first served. If the language barrier is a problem, the British Embassies usually hold contact details for English-speaking doctors in your area. The Italian national health system offers low-cost health care of a good standard, with well-trained and dedicated doctors, though waiting lists can be long. The top private hospitals rival those of any country. State hospitals vary in quality, with little “creature comforts”- hence the popularity of private health insurance.
Emergency treatment is available to everyone. EU citizens benefit from reciprocal health agreements - bring Form E111 (and photocopies) with you to prove entitlement.