spending a year in Italy

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1. Posted by Morrisfamily (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We are planning to take a year in Italy in 2024 and have an 11 year old daughter.

I would like recommendations from anyone who has done this and how you found accommodation, where you stayed and importantly if they had children what did they do for schooling.

We have one daughter who will be 12 and we are keen for her to have some schooling and are looking for recommendations.

thanks for any feedback

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

I assume you either have Italian/EU citizenship or have/will have the correct visas for a lengthy stay?

The best places to get info about long-stay accomm, healthcare, education etc in a specific country from people who have done/are doing what you want to do are ex-pat forums.

There are several Italy-specific ex-pat forums e.g. https://www.expat.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=322

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Do you intend to work in Italy?

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

For general info:

1. EU/EEA/Schengen and Swiss citizens are free to live and work in any EU/EEA/Schengen country. No visa is required.

2. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens whose citizenships are eligible for a visa waiver (e.g. US. UK, Australia, NZ) can stay in the Schengen Area (most EU countries + some non-EU) for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. They are not allowed to work in any Schengen, EU or EEA country.

NB The new ETIAS online visa waiver is expected to come into force in 2023. It's similar to the US ESTA and Canada's eTA. Details here:

https://etias.com/

3. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who wish to stay longer or work in any EU or Schengen country require the appropriate work/residence visa.

4. Citizenships which are not eligible for the 90-in-180 visa waiver need a Schengen or individual country visa to visit any EU/EEA/ Schengen country.

[ Edit: Edited on 11 Jan 2023, 18:10 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Morrisfamily (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the responses, my wife is able to get a citizenship via her Grandmother, but we are not planning on working just enjoying some time away from work.

Does anyone have any information on international schools ?

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>Does anyone have any information on international schools ?

As I said in my first post, the best place to ask for info about education is an Italy-specific ex-pat forum. This is a travel-focused forum.

You can find a list and map of international schools in Italy here:

https://www.international-schools-database.com/country/italy

>my wife is able to get a citizenship via her Grandmother,

She first needs to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate which is responsible for wherever you live. Official info on acquiring Italian citizenship:

https://www.esteri.it/en/servizi-consolari-e-visti/italiani-all-estero/cittadinanza/

Even if your wife has (or acquires) Italian (or EU/EEA/Swiss) citizenship...and regardless of whether you intend to work or not..... you and your children will still need appropriate long-stay visas. Official site for visa info and applications:

https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en|

Your wife's citizenship may mean you get preferential treatment when you apply for a visa:

https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/Moduli/en/Informativa%20familiari%20UE.pdf

Note that acquiring citizenship and visa applications can both be lengthy processes. I'd advise your wife to start the process of applying for Italian citizenship fairly soon.

[ Edit: Edited on 12 Jan 2023, 08:13 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

If you will be moving to Italy for a year, and your wife is seeking Italian citizenship, will she have to pay Italian income taxes? Check with your lawyer.