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Live and Work in Italy (Live & Work) Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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"Excellent guide." --"Euro Action, BBC Radio 1 "
This guide is designed for anyone interested in living or working temporarily or permanently, starting a business, retiring, or just buying a holiday home in Italy. It contains major sections devoted to entry regulations and permits and permanent employment and careers in the region, including types of job available, job hunting techniques, applying, interviews, salary details as well as an industrial guide and list of major employers. It also includes case histories and background information on the Italian way of life including facts on buying a home, city and regional guides, the health and education systems.See all Product description
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Fortunately I didn't have time to read this book prior to moving to Italy, otherwise I might never have come! It's overly pessimistic -- in the short paragraph on buying a second-hand car, the main advice is that it can take two years for the car's log book to follow, and it's illegal to drive a car without; surely if this were the case (fortunately not in my experience) everyone would be breaking the law?!
This said, despite the over-emphasis on bureaucracy the author has thought of everything you might want to know about, from taxation to importing pets!
Perhaps I have a chip on my shoulder too, but I detest such 'ex-patriate' comments as this in the section on Cons of Moving to Italy 'Italian social behaviour and customs can seem totally at odds with the British way of doing things' -- and this is meant to be a reason NOT to move here??
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One other thing: I noticed it's part of a very large series, which may tell you something about the impersonality of it - even more so that this author has written quite a few in the series.
Unlike Travis Neighbour and Monica Larner's popular "Living, Studying and Working in Italy", this guide doesn't assume that every reader has the lifestyle and experience of the average impoverished student. Want to know how and where to get the best mortgages and loans, or understand the finer points of etiquette, language and culture? It's all here - buy it, become an expert, and above all enjoy!