Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Spain angry over suspension of UK/EU negotiations

The temporary closure of UK/EU post Brexit negotiations due to the pandemic has caused concern for British expats in southern Spain. Post-Brexit talks between Britain and the EU have just been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving UK expats living in Spain bitterly disappointed. All across the popular retirement destination, older British expats have been awaiting desperately needed clarification of their ultimate positions as Spanish residents, with yet another delay causing a combination of anger,...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Financial fears are growing amongst Venice’s expat community

British expats in locked-down Italy are fearing the worst financially as well as health-wise. As if things weren’t bad enough, the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the coronavirus is now a pandemic is striking even more fear in the hearts of expatriate Brits living in Italy as well as sending worldwide stock markets into dramatic meltdowns. Long-stay British expats living in the iconic city of Venice are reporting eerie scenes in the historic visitor destination’s heart of San Marco Square, with one saying it’s...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats and locals stocking up on necessities as virus victim numbers increase

Locals and expats in Europe are stocking up due to fears of forced lockdowns or voluntary quarantines. As coronavirus cases continue to increase across Europe and the risk of contracting the disease is officially raised to ‘high’, expats and locals are raiding local malls and stores. Panic shopping is increasing across the continent, with stockpiling of necessities causing empty supermarket shelves. In Italy and France, governments have announced strict rules against public events, with get-togethers of over 5,000 in enclosed...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Numbers of Brits in Europe see significant decline

The number of British expatriates living in Europe has fallen to an all time low. According to a report from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, the total numbers of British expat pensioners living in European Union member states have fallen to the lowest level in the past five years. For the past several decades, Europe has been the number one destination for British retirees looking for a warm, affordable location offering a better quality of life than that in the UK. Spain was the all-time favourite, with as many as...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit expat local councillors forced by Brexit to stand down

Community-minded British expats are furious at losing not only the vote but also their entitlement to involvement in their local areas. One effect of Brexit which hasn’t been made much of in the media is that British expats in Europe who’ve integrated to the extent of serving on local councils must now give up their involvement in the local expat community. Not only that, but they’re now banned from voting, even although they’re permanent residents and pay tax in their chosen country. In one small German village, local...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Rome rejuvenating its former glories

One of the world’s most famous, most historic and reputedly most romantic cities is now under fire for being one of the worst destinations for expats. According to a recent survey, it’s chaotic, expensive, dirty, prejudiced against expats, its political factions are pushing an anti-expat stance and salaries are too low to cover costs. According to local English language media, it’s not just one study which is slamming Rome as an expat destination, as other surveys are producing the same result as well as failing to recommend the...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE celebrate Christmas in diverse denominations

As Kuwait’s new government takes its seat, the UAE as a whole is now gripped by the Christmas spirit. Given that expats in general are far more numerous in the UAE than locals, it’s no surprise that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the emirates. Churchgoers are singing the old favourites such as ‘Silent Night’, choirs are working their way through the entire popular repertoire of carols including recent additions such as ‘Joy to the World’ and kids are dressed up as mini Santa look-alikes. Christian churches...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Sicilian village in a valley now selling its dilapidated homes for one euro

If you’ve finally had enough of the UK’s broken political system but can’t a afford a home overseas, this is for you! The latest little town to offer a dilapidated property for just one euro on condition of its full restoration is located amid the beauty of southern Sicily and is suffering from de-population as its young people are leaving for Italy’s thriving cities. Bivona’s local authority is asking for a deposit of just £2,100 and allows four years for a satisfactory restoration to take place. The charming little hill...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Mafia gang wars, drugs and murder threaten expat life in Spain

British expats living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are being warned over violence and assassinations now taking place in what appears to be a drugs-based mafia-style gang war. Over the past several months, Spanish police have been investigating at least two murders, with a third taking place just two weeks ago. The first body, that of a 39 year-old man, was found in a ditch on September 18, with the corpse showing signs of violence. Police originally labelled the death as suicide, but changed their minds when the proof of...