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Expat tools that make the transition to living in Italy easier

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Moving abroad can be fun and a move to Italy could be your dream posting! But at the same time it throws up lots of challenges.
A new language, integrating into a new culture, finding your way around, to name a few. But there is help at hand. If you are embracing the expat life and have decided to move abroad here are some favourite tools for making the transition to Italy easier. From Language apps, to offline maps and apps that help boost your social network and help you meet new friends. Here’s a great article from The Local Italy that’ll help you on your way!

Here follows a brief rundown of what you’ll find…

Offline Maps and City Guides

Offline maps are perfect as they can be downloaded to your phone. No worries about finding a reliable public WiFi connection or using up your precious data allowance. Some of the best Italy-specific apps are;

Triposo: This Italy travel guide contains complete and up to date city guides for Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and many other travel destinations in Italy. It works offline, you don’t need an internet connection

Here We GoGet directions and other info you need to go from A to B your way, including transit ticket and car sharing prices, departure times and more.

Co-Pilot: Built for you, the driver. With CoPilot, you’ll be navigating the road and not your sat-nav.

Phrasebooks and dictionaries

All sorts of help from companies such as FIAT, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and Google. Helping you to learn the national language and understand the local dialects.

Virtual Private Networks.

Advice on how to choose and set-up a VPN. Ideal for staying in touch with your home country and keeping you safe on public wifi networks


A great tool to increase the possibility of making new friends. Making contacts in your new place of residence is essential to helping you feel at home. Did you know that the Expats Living in Rome group has over 1000 members, and they host several events per week, including book swaps, dinners and mixers?

There you go. Now you can feel confident that that dream move to Italy won’t be so daunting after all. As the saying goes, ‘Forewarned is Forearmed’. Enjoy.




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