DNN Italy2022-01-28T15:05:15+00:00

Italy “Il Bel Paese”

Italy is a location that all digital nomads might like to look up during their traveling experience, although it is a bit expensive compared to other destinations.

This small country has so much to offer with all its pros and cons, it is definitely a place you cannot miss, once in a lifetime at least. If you love eating (Italian) food 🍝 (actually Italians might be a little gastronomy-obsessed), want to feel inspired by the insane amount of culture and art 🖼️ that is present in each Italian town (little fact: Italy is the country that has more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites in the world, Renaissance was born here), or enjoy outdoor activities in some unique natural environments. Such as the mountains in the northern Alps ⛰️, the turquoise water in the Mediterranean coasts 🏖️, its characteristic 🍇 vineyards, and the many volcanic craters 🌋 that are still literally on fire. Italy might be your dreamy place as a digital nomad!

Six different Mediterranean seas 🌊 (Adriatic, Ionic, Tyrrhenian, Ligurian, Sicilian, and Sardinia) surround 20 Italian regions. Each of them feels almost like an independent place with its own dialect, recipes, surroundings, traditions, and customs. Not so hard to believe if we think that Italy has become a whole Republic only in 1948, this characteristic is, although, what makes this country so special: its incredible diversity. You can travel from North to South and find a completely different reality in each place!

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Quick Useful Tips

  • Language: Italian 🇮🇹
    English is not as widely spoken as in other European countries, especially in the South, but you will manage a way to communicate, maybe enhancing your nonverbal communication skills: gestures 🤌🏼 are often used in Italy! (it is not a myth).
  • The best period to go: ☀️ April, May, June, (July and August are very high season and becomes way too crowded and too warm, but you can find a peaceful spot far away from tourism if you look for it) September. If you like cold and skiing ❄️, January, February, and March work as well!
  • Cash & Cards: ATMs are available in every main town and city, and since COVID-19 almost every place accepts credit cards or debit ones (be aware American Express owners, this bank might not be accepted sometimes). It is recommended to always have some cash with you, in case you want to drink a fast espresso ☕ for 1 euro, or if you encounter any nice market and want to buy something. Besides, you don’t want owners to have to pay the POS commission every time, for this reason people in Italy appreciate it when you pay in cash.
  • Trains & Buses: if you want to move around the country, you can either use the train (fastest) or the bus (sometimes cheaper). There are only two train companies 🚆, Trenitalia and Italo. Keep in mind that prices become more expensive over time, so buy your tickets at least a month beforehand if you don’t want to pay crazy prices. If you take Trenitalia you will be able to choose from three different types of trains: (1) Regionale (slow and cheap), (2) IC InterCity and EC Eurocity (faster), (3) AV Alta velocità (more expensive and high speed, Italo has only this kind of trains). If instead, you want to take the bus 🚍, you give a look at Flixbus, Baltour, Marinobus and BusCenter. Tip: this website Compara Bus (in Italian) compares all the prices available for your route, for both buses and trains.
  • National airplanes ✈️: if you want to move through Italy with an airplane, you can choose the most used low-costs such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, Easyjet, Volotea, and Skyscanner to compare some fares.
  • How do you send postcards? 📩: if you want to do a regular sending, buy a stamp (francobollo) in a tabaccaio and then put it in any red letterbox 📮 (be careful with the sign Nazionale (national) or Internazionale (international). Instead, if you want to send a box or send a letter in a faster way. Don’t buy the stamp and go directly to any post office 🏤 Poste Italiane. Fill yourself with a lot of patience if you are planning to do a queue, or try to go as early as you can during weekdays to avoid them. Be careful, since 2022 you will pay an extra fee to receive any package from outside the UE.
  • Time zone 🗺️: Italy is GMT/UTC + 1h Central European Standard Time, and GMT/UTC + 2h during Daylight Saving Time
  • International dialing code ☎️: +39
  • SIM & Phone: there are old and complicated “official” phone companies 📱 such as Vodafone, TIM, Wind, but we would rather advise you to get Iliad. Definitely, the best and cheapest option. Its hotspot works wonders for any digital nomad with its many gigabytes for a good monthly price. Besides unlimited local calls and messages, a simple user interface, and it is easy to get one, you just have to go to an Iliad point or order it online.
  • Wi-Fi: the fastest internet is from a quite bad company called Fastweb (known locally for its horrible customer service, but you probably won’t have to deal with it if you rent an Airbnb or an all-in apartment/B&B, do that!). In the mountains and in faraway places from town there is a service called EOLO. You will usually find Wi-Fi in bars and restaurants in the main cities, if you decide to go to small towns or in the South, you might have some trouble finding available connections to work. Just in case, it is always good to have your own hotspot! 💓 (Keep in mind that in some tiny places, mobile lines don’t work sometimes).
  • Renting an apartment: renting an apartment short-term in Italy might not be as easy as in other places in the world, but we would recommend you to give it a try to Airbnb, Spotahome, and Home to go first 🏠. Then if you want to attempt some other Italian websites (more of a headache, but you never know what you might find) you can use Idealista, Vivastreet and Bakeca.
  • Co-workings 🧑🏻‍💻: it is not so common to find a good deal of co-workings, but in the main cities you will definitely find one that suits your needs. For example in Bologna, Milano, Rome, Turin you can find the ones listed in each dedicated article.
  • Businesses opening hours 🕰️: they can vary throughout the year, keep in mind that summer times are longer (from April to September) but usually on average shops are usually open in the morning from 10:00 AM to 13:00 PM and then in the evening from 15:00 PM to 20:00 PM Monday to Saturday, some of them might open on Sunday as well. These timings don’t apply to big chains, of course, they don’t stop for launch time and work on weekends. Cafés and bars open from 07:30 AM to 20:00 PMRestaurants for launch from 12:00 PM to 14:30 PM and for dinner from 19:30 PM to 23:30 PM. Tip: most of the time Google Maps timings are not up-to-date, so be aware and make a short call to make sure they are open before you go!
  • Electricity plugs 🔌: It conforms to the European standard of 230V supply voltage and a frequency of 50Hz. There are three plug types: C, F, and L. C is the one with two round pins. F is the plug with two round pins with two earth clips on the side. L is the plug type with three round pins. You will need to pack a Type L plug adapter and a power converter if your device isn’t dual voltage.
  • Living cost 💰: 1.500 €/month (cheaper if you go South)
  • COVID-19 official info 🦠: travel government information here.
  • Our favorite place in Italy for digital nomads? ➡️ Sicily

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