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Expat in Florence? Tips and tricks for those who want to relocate in Florence and live happy. Lesson 2: The best resources online for an expat in Florence.

American Flag on Palazzo Vecchio

American Flag on Palazzo Vecchio

Are you in Florence for working, studying, tourism or love, and never been here before? Do you miss home?
Ok, we know very well, that you could feel lonely and nostalgic. You only need to find some resources to be able to enter into the life of Florence in the main door.

As Tuscan Feeling we operate since 18 years with people from all over the world, helping them to relocate in Florence and find the perfect apartment to live. We met many people, during the years, and we had the chance to talk with them during a critical point of their life. With many of them, we became friends and we were lucky enough to compare ourselves with their personal life experiences in Florence. Somehow, we at Tuscan Feeling, with our work, we have always had the chance to see our city in a different way.

That’s why, we would like to suggest you some important international resources for people who are expat in Florence or just are wishing to expatriate here.

1) The British Institute of Florence. A real institution since 1917. The Institute promote cultural exchange between Italy and the English-speaking world. They have a strong weekly cultural programme and public tea held every thursday, that is a sort of meeting point for expats. The British Institute offers many courses of italian language and culture, as well specific courses about history of art.

2) The Florentine Magazine. It’s the one and lonely English language news magazine. It is a monthly printed free-press. You can find here English-friendly events listing, jobs, as well as services and friendships. The Florentine organizes monthly events.

3) Living in Florence. Melinda Gallo is blogger and a dear Tuscan Feeling’s friend. She blogs about her life in Florence, since she moved here in 2004, and share her thoughts and feelings about Florence. Living in Florence is a good blog for finding discovering Florence from the expat’s side.

4) Firenze Moms 4 Moms. Dedicated to all the expat moms! Here you can find all the info about life with kids in Italy. It has also a strong presence on Facebook and it is a good starting point for knowing more about public and private schools, events, finding babysitters and talk about kids’ problems.

5) Internations. A members-only expat community that holds events, on regular basis, in Florence. InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events and expat-relevant information. Keep attention! To ensure the quality of their network, InterNations membership is by their admins’ approval only.

6) Girl in Florence. Georgette is an american expat in Florence and a blogger. She defines herself as: ‘A curious American digital marketing strategist, Freelance writer and a certifiable ‘Tuscan Texan’ living and breathing all things Florence’. She blogs about scooting around Europe & Italy and sharing local spots I love. Georgette’s blog is a great resource of informations for expats.

If you want an apartment for feeling at home in Florence, Tuscan Feeling Long & Short Term Rentals suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. LECCIO – 45 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

LECCIO

Leccio Apartment

Apt. BORGO SANTA – 55 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

BORGO SANTA

Borgo Santa Apartment

Apt. NOVELLO – 85 sqm – Ground Floor Mezzanine (no elevator) – for 3 people

NOVELLO

Novello Apartment

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.

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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

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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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