Moving to Italy?

You’re one lucky person if you are planning on moving to Italy! This culturally-rich country is home to some of the most picturesque places on earth, history in every alleyway. Is it easy to move to Italy? What documents are required and what steps are needed before moving? What is the cost of moving from the Netherlands to Italy? Prepare your removal with this practical guide for relocating to Italy.

How much does it cost to move to Italy?

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The steps to settle in Italy after your move

List of documents required to live in Italy:

  • Residence certificate
  • Tax code
  • Registration at the Azienda Sanitaria Locale
1. Request your residence certificate

For moving to Italy from The Netherlands you must register with the civil status of the municipality of his new place of residence. This approach is compulsory for any stay longer than three months. Therefore also concerns students on short or long-term exchanges.

You must provide proof of your activity corresponding to your situation:

  • employee if you are moving to Italy for work (proof of employment),
  • student (student card)
  • or currently unemployed (certificate of registration for private health insurance).
2. Tax identification number

You must request your tax identification number for each member of your family. This is unique and personal and will be required for most procedures and formalities in Italy (bank account, sim card, rental, etc.). This request can be made quickly and free of charge to the Italian Consulate General before your arrival. It is also possible to request it to one of the offices of the Tax Administration (Agenzia delle Entrate) in your new city of residence.

3. Social security

Healthcare in Italy is free. To benefit from it you must register with the local health agency (Azienda Sanitaria Locale) in your neighbourhood. You will need to provide:

  • an identity document,
  • tax number,
  • certificate of residence
  • civil status certificate.
4. The tax system in Italy

You are considered a tax resident in Italy if you have your main residence there or if you live more than 183 days in the year in Italy. Income tax is levied at source and is calculated according to a progressive scale based on your annual gross income. The tax declaration is individual and cannot be joint, even for couples (married or not).

Opening a bank account after moving to Italy

The documents required to open a bank account in Italy are the tax identification number, proof of address and an identity document. Some dutch banks have their subsidiaries in Italy or benefit from a partner network, which can facilitate your procedures.

5. How to move to Italy with pets?

If you are moving to Italy with a dog or a cat, the pet must be vaccinated against rabies and carry an electronic chip and an identification passport.

6. Why move to Italy?

The dutch community is relatively stable in Italy, estimated at 30,000 people. It is especially the northern provinces of Italy which attract the newest residents. The dutch choose to move mainly to cities like Milan and Turin and the regions of Lombardy or even Veneto.

7. Moving to Italy with a family

For your relocation project to Italy, it is better to give priority to a location work as the economical situation is difficult for Italians, who have also the advantages of their network.

8. School system in Italy

For moving to Italy with children, you must also consider cities based on the school system. Either if you want a private international school or put your children in a public school. Children of less than 4-5 years old can easily adapt to an Italian school. However, for primary school, it is better to select an international school.

9. The cost of living in Italy

In Italy, the cost of living is lower than the cost of living in the Netherlands, but also the purchasing power. Here is an average of the prices of some examples compared to daily expenses such as:









€20 menu

€29 menu







10. Housing in Italy

The price of rental accommodation varies according to the location more or less close to the city centre, an indication of the prices observed below. Note that rents can be much more expensive in big cities, almost + 50 to 70% in Rome and Milan compared to the rest of Italy for example.

Remember to check that the rent is charges included when signing the contract. Furthermore, do not be surprised if you are asked to pay the rent quarterly and not monthly.

Cities Studio 2 rooms apartment 3 rooms apartment


Rome / Milan




Other cities

200 - 300€



11. What you need to know before moving to Italy

Know that there is a strong contrast between the North and the South of Italy. Indeed, each region has its own identity and each its culinary speciality and its pasta! Some prerequisites to master to live well the Italian dolce vita.

12. Art of coffee

From espresso to cappuccino, including macchiato, coffee is considered a true speciality in Italy and at every moment of the day its coffee!

13. Food

Italian cuisine is particularly rich in regional products and specialities to discover. A meal usually consists of a starter, a primi and secondi piatti and dolci for dessert. Water is customary in restaurants, but tipping is not an obligation.

14. Fashion

Italy is the country of fashion par excellence and Italians are always very neat, it is indeed the practice to be well dressed for all occasions.

15. Traditions and family

Italy has many festivities, religious or regional, which are also occasions for celebrating and reuniting with the family for Italians. The latter, very often still live under the same roof and if this is not the case, the family is never far away!

16. Working in Italy

Income in Italy is on average 20% lower than in the Netherlands and the median income is around € 32,800 gross /annual. There is no minimum wage in Italy. A permanent contract is a norm because it’s cheaper for the employer. Italians are not very multilingual. Therefore, learning and speaking Italian is almost a requirement if you want to word and integrate into the country.

17. How to move to Italy and get a job?

Bilingual in Italy have a great advantage. It is an opportunity to get a job since people who master a second foreign language other than Italian are more in demand on the job market. Finally, the North of Italy is often considered as a more industrial region. Indeed, the unemployment rate there is also lower, below 10% against almost 12.5% for the whole country. Public transportation is generally well served in the cities.

18. Request a free quote for your removal to Italy

Prepare your international move from The Netherlands to Italy well to avoid unpleasant surprises on arrival. You can rely on a qualified moving company which can guide you through the flow of administrations and the required procedures. Contact us for a free quotation.

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