Italy is a country in Southern Europe. Together with Greece, it is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. Not surprisingly, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country.
Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo’s “David” and its leather and paper artisans; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
How do I find a job in Italy?
By far the most important part of living in Italy – how to find temporary and seasonal jobs in Italy!
www.jobswiki.org or wikitraveljobs.org are the best website where you can find a lot of temporary and seasonal jobs in Italy.
For temporary work, Manpower has a presence in Italy as well as Kelly Services – Adecco – Metis – and many other temporary work agencies, but most deal in just that: temporary work.Media and communication, tourism, finance, and international business are the main job sectors open to foreigners.
Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner.
http://www.craigslist.it : craigslist provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community and events.
http://www.jobinrome.com : Job in Rome and Italy for professionals and expats seeking employment opportunities with English as the main working language.
http://www.JobsinMilan.com : you can get direct access to lots of opportunities for English-speaking job positions. Milan is home to a vibrant expat community, this site also covers some jobs outside of the city.
http://www.indeed.it : Thousands of Jobs at indeed, a Better Way to Search for Jobs in Italy.
http://www.wantedinrome.com/jobs-rome : Find jobs vacant in Rome in our classifieds section. Berlitz Italy is among the world leaders in the field of language learning services.
Some companies operate both summer and winter hotels and camps throughout Italy. Employees are required to speak good Italian. Representatives are also required for summer camps, which are organised for both adults and children. Among the main employers are Alpitour Italia, Viale Maino, 42, 20129 Milan (www.alpitour.it), Club Med(www.clubmedjobs.com), Francorosso International (www.francorosso.it) and Valtur (www.valtur.it).
Hotels & Catering
Hotels and restaurants are the largest employers of seasonal workers, from hotel managers to kitchen hands, with jobs which are available all year round. Experience, qualifications and fluent Italian are required for all the best and highest paid positions, although a variety of jobs are available for the untrained and inexperienced.
Grape & Fruit Picking
To find a fruit or vegetable picking job, visit the local information centre, which will provide you with a list of farms in the area taking on temporary workers for the harvest season.
A seasonal job in an Italian ski resort can be a lot of fun and very satisfying. You will get fit, improve your Italian, make some friends, and may even save some money.
How can I move to Italy?
I suggest you immediately visit the Italian embassy/consulate (website if you can’t go in person) where you are a resident for more information on how to obtain the necessary paperwork. Each embassy/consulate may have a different procedure to follow.
If you’re American/Canadian/Australian, you’ll notice immediately that there are no agreements between the U.S. and Italy for work. To get a Work Visa, you have to do one of two things: apply for one from your home country and wait to receive one, or find a company willing to hire you and initiate the paperwork for you. This is a bit of a catch-22 because most companies will not hire you without a work permit and it’s almost impossible to get a work permit without a job! If you’re familiar with the green-card process in the U.S., it’s not much different, nor less difficult to obtain a work permit.
Note: There are visa types listed that I did not discuss. A visa is only used for entry into Italy – upon entering Italy, you will have to convert your visa into a permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) for your particular reason for being in Italy.
Get on living in Italy Forums
I really suggest you get onto http://www.ExpatsInItaly.com (or to the forum directly, http://www.expattalk.com) immediately because there are a ton of people on there who have made the move to Italy. Your question is sure to have been asked and answered from many different angles.
Did you fall in love with Under the Tuscan Sun, but deep down being far away from a mini-mall freaks you out? This may not go away. Luckily Italy has a type of city for every person. If you’re a city person, you may want to look at the big cities – Rome, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Florence. If you like wide-open, maybe more rural-minded answer is for you.
If you have the opportunity, I would come and travel around to a few different contenders while you’re deciding. Obviously, a few days will not be a perfect indicator, but it’s better than doing a cold-turkey move. I chose larger cities because to me diversity is an essential element of living as well as availability!
If you want to work in banking or software development or fashion, you’ll need to move where you can find a job. You’ll either have to choose your profession and see where you could work in Italy, or choose your preferred city and see how you can work there by investigating companies that have branches there.
If you are a complete novice to Italy, I suggest you start by reading as much as you can about it! The Eyewitness Italy guide has tons of pictures and historical information for the main towns, or read a memoir or fiction based in Italy, get a guide to Italy, or watch a movie based in Italy.
Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General
Housing in Rome is rather expensive. You have to spend on average 400-500 € for a single room in an apartment shared with other people, and from 300-400 € for a shared room or a room in a family’s apartment.
If you are looking for accommodation in Italy then www.jobswiki.org or wikitraveljobs.org will help you to find a right place to live in Italy. The MioAffitto website has a comprehensive search system as does Immobiliare.it (link to Rome rentals) – if the prices on this site seem ridiculously high, you’ve probably set the site to look for properties for sale and not for rental properties!
http://www.craigslist.it : craigslist provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale in Italy.
http://www.easystanza.it : Find Beds and Rooms for rent 30,000 Rooms for Rent in Italy.
http://www.italyrents.com : Providing a wide range of options to suit all budgets, ItalyRents.com has apartments in the beautiful historic centres of Rome and Florence, as well as stunning Tuscan villas.
http://www.friendsinrome.com : Offered Bright single room for rent in a comfortable apartment on the. and bright room with shared bathroom in a lovely apartment.
http://www.expertlodging.com : Cheap accommodation in Italy: budget hotels, bed and breakfast, holiday homes, apartments in Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, Naples, Milan, Sicily, Sardinia.
The Visa allows applicants to enter Italy for a short term period (type “C”) or for a long term period (type “D”) with the purpose to work while earning a salary.
This Visas are subject to an Authorization (“NULLA OSTA”) issued by the competent Italian Authority (“SPORTELLO UNICO PER L’IMMIGRAZIONE”) which is valid within 6 months from the date of issuing.
Italy individual income tax rates:
Tax (%) Tax Base (EUR)
23% 0 – 15,000