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Expat in Florence? Tips and tricks for those who want to relocate in Florence and live happy. Lesson 1: finding an apartment and learning italian.


Your house in Florence!

For an expat in Florence, learning Italian is not a matter of life or death. You can live the every day life – grocery shopping for example – just knowing a few words of Italian. However, learn Italian properly, will help you feel at home and be able to face any kind of argument with your new Florentines friends, colleagues or neighbors. A good acquaintances of the Italian language, however, will be useful for facing directly the italian bureaucracy.
Learning italian will be easy for you, living in Florence, just a process of trial and error. So don’t be shy and start using your italian in your every day life!
Anyway, you can attend local schools or having a private teacher, but the best is that you improve your italian every day, in your own life. If you are planning to attend a school, we suggest you: the British Institute, Istituto il David or Linguaviva School.
Once you have learned the Italian language, you will be fully master of your life: you can open buy your own a bank account, read a contract, discuss with a lawyer, read a book or simply chat with friends. You will not depend from other expats in Florence anymore. This will prevent you from having only expat friends and from isolating yourself.
Probably, as many other expats, you will pass through different stages of ‘culture shock’. From an emotional start of full loving for the city to a growing irritation or anger for your new country. It is a common feeling and something that you have to pass by. Everything is connected to your ability in learning italian and start friendships with local people. The more you can express freely with new friends, the more you will feel at home. Anyway, if you are american, canadian, australian english, indian, african, chinese or japanese, you don’t have to embrace the italian style of life in a non critical way. If you love to have a large american breakfast in the morning, you don’t have to eat just a cappuccino and small brioche! Learning italian properly and preserve your roots, will help you to have a good psychological balance.

While in Florence is difficult for an expat to be hired by someone, it is equally true that it is the right city to start their own start-ups. Florence is an international city, attention to culture and to the new initiatives. In Florence, tourism and trade are two fields that produce huge revenues. If you have the right idea, you can do it here. Florence could be not properly cheap for you. Many expat are surprised from the cost of italian utilities (gas, electricity and water), as well from the cost of trains and bus. In another hand, food is fine and cheap. Restaurants are at an affordable price. Fashion shopping in Florence is something that you can become and addict for, but it is not cheap. Taxes in Italy are really high, but health care is cheap and in Florence is a first quality service. As one of the most important italian town, Florence has modern infrastructure systems.

Florence is a town manageable to explore easily on foot. You will discover a large number of public green spaces, as well as stunning architecture. In any case, we suggest you to buy a bicycle. It is the easier and cheaper way to go around town, because Florence has a large and ever growing network of cycle paths.

Even before the language and other useful things, an expat in Florence has to worry about having a place to live. Finding a place to live is a priority when settling in town.
Finding a house in Florence could not be easy, if you need to stay for a long term stay. You have to consider many important factors: cost, location, different house features, transportation, brightness, utilities, furniture. A good tip, if you are renting directly from an owner, if you are looking for a long term stay, might be to take an apartment for one month, to see in person the long term choice.

Renting directly from owners means pros an cons. It should be cheap, but often it is not. Owners are not interest in their house reputation, they overvalue their homes and sometimes they manage people in horrible ways. When troubles happen, some owners have a unacceptable resolution times.

An international Real Estate Agency, as Tuscan Feeling, give great attention to its reputation with clients. We usually help our clients to find the best place at the more affordable price according to their needs. We can provide a fast service as we are at your disposal every day at every time (for any kind of real troubles), via phone, email or in person. The price of an apartment changes very much depending on lenght of stay, and quality of apartment. Take a look at our website for having an idea of what we can offer you or just read our blog for learning more about our policy and way of working.

Renting long term will force the owner to register the contract. This means that when you are in Florence you’ll need to get a codice fiscale, kind of social security number that neds to be part of the rental contract. Apart from that, only a copy of your passport is needed. The codice fiscale is mandatory for working, having a bank account and healthcare. We can help you to get it for an extra price.

Apt. PAULA – 55sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen


Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

Apt. LA PACE – 75 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

La Pace apartment


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