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Living Abroad in Italy (Adapter Kit) [Paperback]

John Moretti

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10 Aug 2004 Adapter Kit
The Adapter Kit series offers practical advice and tips on moving to, and living in, a foreign country, whether it's for a few months or a few years. Adapter Kit authors are people who spend part, or all, of their time in that country and have experienced firsthand the joys and frustrations that come with it. It provides essential information on housing (from renting to buying), language, culture, visas, health, and money. Readers will learn how to navigate the ins and outs of immigration, customs, taxation, real estate, health care, transportation, communications, and working and investing in another country. Adapter Kit captures the flavour of living in a foreign country, so that readers making the move can feel at home. Adapter Kit Living Abroad in Italy provides readers the tools they need to adapt to life in the country they love. This guide covers major cities such as Rome and Milan, the well-trodden home-hunters' path in Tuscany, or more remote and charming corners: Puglia, the Veneto, Lake Como, and small towns in the Italian heartland. Includes information on Italy's history and culture, plus essential topics such as visas, language schools, banking, health care, taxes, and transportation. With this guidebook, students, professionals, and part-time and full-time residents alike will find themselves living the life they've always wanted in Italy.

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"Italians are on a perpetual crusade for both comfort and beauty. It is only fitting that a country with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world should have beautiful people as well."

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John Moretti has worked as an editor at a national newspaper in English, a joint venture between Corriere della Sera and the International Herald Tribune.

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1.0 out of 5 stars is ANYTHING accurate in this book? 4 Jan 2008
By Clare - Published on Amazon.com
After casually flipping through this book for only ten minutes, I found it loaded with inaccurate assertions about easily verifiable information, leading me sometimes to wonder whether the author has ever even BEEN to Italy, let alone lived there. Naturally this casts doubt on the credibility of the less easily verifiable assertions it contains as well.

It is absolutely false, for example, that you can obtain Italian citizenship simply "if you have an Italian grandfather and you were born after 1947" (66); I myself meet both these criteria, yet am totally ineligible. Anyone can find the correct requirements, which are much more complex, on the website of the Italian Embassy--for free. The alleged requirements for obtaining a student visa ("relatively easily obtained," 67), and for opening a bank account in Italy ("the process is easy," 108), are similarly oversimplistic and misleading.

Perhaps the most absurd is the author's claim about weather in Rome: "The most you'll need to wear in winter is a lightweight jacket" (162). Any unfortunate expats who rely on this misinformation, shivering in Rome in their "lightweight jackets" as the temperatures frequently plummet into the 30's, may ironically find the one good use for this book, as they might wish to burn it in order to keep warm.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it! 7 Mar 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My husband and I live part-time in Italy and found a great deal of erroneous information in this book. We buy most books of this sort that are published on the off chance we will learn something new. However, the problems we found in this book make it difficult to trust any of the information it contains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Needing encouragement? 29 Oct 2008
By gg - Published on Amazon.com
I would like to say that while the writer can oversimplify certain aspects of moving abroad, the author does a good job of providing the support and encouragement needed for such a venture. I have just obtained my own Italian citizenship, and it is soley due to the fact that my GRANDFATHER was born in Italy (just as the author states). It did take over a year to obtain it however. Also, as for needing a light jacket in Rome, that is all I need when I am there, however, I have a little meat on my bones so I dont need too much insulation. Remember to take everything you hear with a grain of salt...and for extra encourage...go rent the movie "under the Tuscan Sun". Good luck to you, as for me, I'm working on relocating to Puglia Italia!
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