As a long-time blogger about living in Italy, I frequently receive emails and messages from people who want to move to Italy. Maybe you are one of them! People ask me for advice about working here, about finding a home, about the cost of living in Italy and so much more. Not fully knowing each person’s situation, I try to help, but I can’t very well coach each person through the process. I live in Italy but every situation is different; plus, I’m not an immigration lawyer or a real estate agent, two professional figures you’ll want to know quite intimately if you’re moving to Italy.

In comes Thea Duncan and her Move to Italy Masterclass. I met Thea through my friend Georgette; Thea participated in some of the weekly Clubhouse chats we have led about life in Italy (search for “The Italy Club” on CH, the new audio-only social network). In a recent talk about buying and renovating a home in Italy, Thea’s level-headed advice particularly impressed me. She’s an intelligent and enthusiastic realist who communicates in a measured and clear manner. She loves Italy and she’s made it work for herself only due to her own effort, and now she’s sharing all her secrets – and professional contacts – in a brilliantly structured 8-week online course.

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Thea Duncan leads a Masterclass on Moving to Italy

I have partnered with Thea to let my readers know about this course because I think that it will answer a lot of questions I regularly receive from you and help you make your dream of moving to Italy come true, right now, or a while down the line. The link to sign up in this article is ArtTrav’s special affiliate link, and if you decide to take the plunge, I’m also going to send you a gift from an artisan friend here in Florence (find out more below).

I want to move to Italy! Sign up for the course!

Move to Italy course information

When: 8 weeks starting May 2021 (need dates-times)

Enrolment is open: April 10-16 2021 (limited spaces available)

Format: Weekly readings followed by a live online Q&A session held every Saturday at noon starting April 24

Who wants coffee? As a special gift for signing up through ArtTrav, I’ll give you these beautiful watercolour reproductions – see below!

What topics are covered in the masterclass?

  • Cost of living in Italy. This is something I’ve written about here on the blog (see the link below) – it changes between Italian regions, and Thea’s got that mapped out so that you can budget for your move.
  • The Italian job market or other options to finance your dream. This is the main question everyone has for me when they say they want to move here. “How can I get a job in x field?”, to which I generally answer, “keep dreaming”. In a country in which average salaries are shockingly low, you’ll want to think this through; the remote work brought on by Covid could be a blessing now.
  • Can you legally live here, and how. You’ll need to work out how to get a visa or citizenship, and while you can read up on this, having an expert map it out is helpful.
  • Renting in Italy. All the funky contracts and the restrictions that come with them… did you know that unfurnished apartments don’t have kitchens, light fixtures, or bathroom cabinetry?
  • Buying property in Italy. The biggest question of them all! This country doesn’t have a centralized listing system or real estate agents who work to find you a home, and the steps towards buying a home are totally different than anywhere else. Thea’s class includes a guest lecture by a real estate agent who lays it out clearly.
  • Italian taxes. One of the two sure things in life, next to death, right? Will you need to pay taxes if you live in Italy? Do you still need to declare elsewhere, and is there a tax treaty between those two countries? You don’t want to find out the answers the hard (and expensive) way.
  • Healthcare. As a Canadian, I feel strongly about socialized healthcare. Italy has a two-tier system with public and private options that work in harmony, and many drugs are covered by the healthcare system too. Find out what healthcare in Italy costs and how easy it is to access it.
  • Bureaucracy and how to deal with it. This is a module I think I might sign up for myself, because you will never truly know how to deal with this 100%, but looks like this course will give you a head start. Trust me, dealing with this properly is going to make your life so much more relaxing when it’s all done.

I want to move to Italy! Sign up for the course!

Why I think Thea’s class is great value

The 8-session class costs $555, which seems like a pretty big amount to lay out at one time (luckily, Thea also offers installment options), but consider that:

  • for the same price you might get to talk to one qualified person for two hours if you’re lucky
  • the class comes with plenty of structured reading material and live online sessions where you can ask questions
  • you get access to future editions, so if you take the class now but actually get your act together to move say, three years from now, you can attend any module again, either to refresh your memory, ask different questions that have come up, or to find out if anything has changed (in Italy, the laws change rather frequently!)
  • there’s a whole bunch of cool extras that really add up, such as a travel voucher for an expat-run tour company, access to a website with on-demand Italian lessons to bean up on your language skills before you move here AND …


Sign up for the Moving to Italy Masterclass and get an extra gift from me

I am excited for you to take the plunge! As a special thanks for being a constant reader of ArtTrav, I’ve chosen a gift to send you if you sign up using the link on my blog.

Lisa’s flower print series

My friend Lisa Brancatisano (an Australian living in Florence) recently began a career as a watercolour artist after the pandemic put her tour-guide job on hold, and I really love her pieces. I’m going to send you your choice of either her flowers series (with Italian flower names!) or coffee print series (so you can plan that caffé ristretto at the bar). They’re sets of six reproductions on watercolour-type paper that you can frame as a collection or share with friends. In case you just want some of her artwork for yourself, you can find it here at the This Tuscan Life shop!

*Gift conditions: You must purchase through the link on this blog so that Thea knows I sent you. I will send you the prints by regular post in 8 weeks; I may contact you to ask for your mailing address.

Join me for the Facebook Live chat with Thea: Monday April 12 2021

Join me and Thea on Monday April 12, 2021, at 9pm CET for a Live chat where we will answer YOUR questions about moving to Italy.

[That is 3pm in New York, 2pm in Chicago, and noon in California.] Feel free to send ahead your questions to me by email (info or you can interact with us online during the live by typing in the comments.

Here is the Facebook event, which you can click “going” on as a reminder.

Here is where the Facebook live stream will take place.

It will also be streamed live on my YouTube channel in case you don’t have Facebook!

If you miss the live event, the video will remain online afterwards.

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Some of my top resources for moving to Italy

On this blog

People I know and recommend

  • Sean Carlos is an American real estate agent with experience in Milan who has now moved to Maremma. He helps foreigners find and buy property, even remotely! He was written up recently on CNN about that (see: The Americans who bought a house in Italy over the internet)
  • Michele Capecchi is an international lawyer who helps a lot of Florentine expats with their immigration and other needs

A reading list


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