Removals to Italy
Removals to Italy offer a weekly
service for people moving to Italy
on a permanent basis or setting up a
holiday/2nd home. We at removals to Italy.org are recognised specialists at moving furniture to Italy with minimum fuss. Our Italy removals service offers unrivalled coordination services with excellent communication keeping you informed at every stage of your removal. After 20 yrs hands on experience in removals to Italy we can rightly boast of local knowledge throughout Italy and it’s this expertise that will ensure your Italy removal becomes a stress free and enjoyable experience.
We can arrange for the collection and delivery of your furniture from Italy to the UK.
When you enquire about the removals to Italy service your call is handled by a co-ordinator who is highly experienced in removals to Italy and will assist you in deciding the most favourable method foryour removals to Italy in terms of ease of service, price, and any requirements you may have for temporary storage.
Your personal co-ordinator will make sure that the removals to Italy of your personal effects, is as smooth,simple and as cost effective as possible. By contacting removals to Italy.org your co-ordinator can take responsibility for every aspect of your removals to Italy from your front door in the UK to your front door in Italy. Your co-ordinator will remain in contact so that you are always up to date with the progress of your removals to Italy making the whole relocation process as simple as possible.
Difficult access to your property
We can assist with difficult access in Italy by utilising our network of Italian removals companies who can offer manpower and small vehicles for trans-shipment if required.
We offer removals to Italy to all destinations i.e ;
Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Bari, Catania, Venice, Verona, Messina, Padua, Trieste, Taranto, Brescia, Reggio Calabria, Prato, Modena, Parma, Perugia, Reggio Emilia, Livorno, Cagliari, Ravenna, Foggia, Salerno, Rimini, Ferrara, Sassari, Syracuse, Pescara, Monza, Latina, Bergamo, Forlì, Vicenza, Giugliano in Campania, Trento, Terni, Novara, Ancona, Bolzano, Piacenza.
All our quotations include INSURANCE that will cover your goods up to a value of 25,000.00 GBP (this can be increased if required) and we will forward full details of the policy so you can study it for your own peace of mind. It is a specialized policy for the international transport of household furniture and effects, full details of our broker are also included so you can contact them for assurance that all premiums are paid up to date. This is all part of the requirements of our membership of the British Acosiation Removers (BAR) and BS EN 12522 the British/European standard for removals
Full terms are provided with every quotation.
The movement of your effects as an EU Citizen is unrestricted by customs clearance or procedures upon entering Italy. The only required document for your effects when moving to Italy is the inventory which will be completed on collection of your effects.
If you are moving to Italy from outside Europe we can advise on all required documentation required for customs clearance purposes. ( We supply required forms via email )
National holidays in Italy:
|January 1||New Year’s Day ( Capodanno )|
|January 6||Epiphany ( Epifania )|
|Movable||Easter Sunday ( Pasqua )|
|Movable||Easter Monday ( Lunedì dell’Angelo, Pasquetta )|
|April 25||Anniversary of Liberation ( Festa della Liberazione )|
|May 1||Labour Day ( Festa dei Lavoratori )|
|June 2||Republic Day ( Festa della Republica )|
|August 15||Assumption Day ( Assunzione or Ferragosto )|
|November 1||All Saints ( Ognissanti or Tutti i Santi )|
|November 4||Polytechneio ( School holiday only )|
|November 8||Immaculate Conception ( Immacolata Concezione )|
|December 25||Christmas Day ( Natalel )|
|December 26||St Stephen’s Day( Santo Stefano )|
Restrictions on the movement of large lorries are often implemented in Italy on these days, as well as Sundays.
So if your moving to Italy why not call the experts for a effortless stress free relocation.
We can arrange removals from anywhere in Italy to the UK
EU nationals don’t require visas for visits to Italy but require a permit to stay if they plan to remain longer than 90 days.
Non-EU nationals need a ‘residence visa’ ( visto per ragioni di dimora) to enter Italy with a view to staying more than 90 days and may need one for a visit of a shorter duration. Applications should be made at an Italian consulate abroad well in advance of your planned departure date. Visas may be valid for a single entry only or for multiple entries within a limited period. A visa is in the form of an adhesive sticker (not a stamp) inserted in your passport, which must be valid until at least three months after the visa expires.
Visas are issued for many reasons, each of which has its own abbreviation (sigla). These include tourism (A), business (B), religion (C), diplomatic service (D), domicile (DM), joining family (F), dependent work (L-1), self-employment (L-2), artistic work (L-3), medical care (M), mission (MS), study (S), sporting activity (SP), re-entry (R), transit (T), airport transit (TA) and visiting family (V).
The type of visa issued depends on the purpose of your visit and the length of your stay, and determines the type of permit to stay that’s issued after you arrive in Italy. If you plan to stay in Italy for longer than six months, you must ensure that you obtain a visa that’s valid for at least a year; otherwise you will be able to obtain a permit to stay for only six months and won’t be able to renew it.
Some of the documentation you may need to apply for a visa, mainly concerning permission to work, must be obtained in Italy. Although your prospective employer normally handles this on your behalf, your presence in Italy can help to speed up the process.
If you plan to start a business or work freelance, you must also register at the local tax office ( intendenza di finanza) and chamber of commerce ( camera di commercio) or professional registrar ( albo dei professionisti), and present the documents from these agencies together with your visa application.
Having obtained the necessary paperwork, an application for a visa must be made to your local Italian consulate with jurisdiction over your place of residence. It may be possible to make an application by post, but in other cases you’re required to attend in person.
All applicants require:
- A passport valid for at least three months beyond the validity of the requested visa with a blank page to affix the visa sticker.
- A number of black and white, passport-size photographs on a white background. Depending on the urpose of your visit, you may require some of the following (note that some consulates may require both originals and photocopies).
- Proof of residence in the country from which you’re applying.
- Proof or travel arrangements showing your name and exact dates of entry into and exit from Italy (if applicable).
- Proof of financial resources.
- A health insurance certificate if you aren’t eligible for health treatment under Italian social security or through your employer.
- Employees require an authorisation to work in Italy issued by the Italian Department of Labour.
- Students require proof of admission from an approved educational establishment.
- A non-EU national married to an Italian citizen or to a foreigner who’s resident in Italy, requires a marriage certificate.
Applicants under 18 need written authorisation from a parent or guardian.
Many of the above documents must be translated into Italian. All translations must be done by a translator approved by your local consulate, a list of whom ( elenco di traduttori) is provided by Italian consulates on request.
Many documents need tax stamps ( marche da bollo) affixed to them, and in many cases requests for official documents must be made on special lined paper ( carta da bollo), to which a tax stamp must be attached. The standard stamp ( bollo) for administrative documents ( atti civili) costs €10.33 and can be purchased from a tobacconist ( tabacchi).
Italy is one of Mediterranean Europe’s best holiday destinations. The varied and vast landscape of Italy is so captivating, it’s valleys, plains, lakes and rivers are great sights that will leave you in awe. The sophisticated culture of Italy and its stylish people are two factors why this country is one of the most popular places to visit for both business and leisure. With car hire 3000 you can organise your car hire in Italy before you leave the UK, giving you complete peace of mind.
Whenever in Italy, drive on the right. A driving licence is required and should be with you whenever you hit the road. If your licence does not have your photo on, you should bring along your passport for identification purposes. If you rent a car, you should take the documentation given to you by the car hire company whenever you are driving.
The speed limit is set at 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on dual carriageways, 90 km/h on open roads and 50 km/h in towns. Speed limit on three lane motorways that have emergency lines is 150 kph, however you should always check to ensure that you are following the correct speed limit for that particular road.
Italy implements no drinking and driving policy. For your own safety, buckle up with a seatbelt at all times. It is required by law to do so. Children should be seated with appropriate restraint system if they are less than four years old. Children 4-12 years old should never sit in the front seat without proper restraint system.
Carry with you a first-aid kit for emergency purposes if possible, however it is not compulsory.
Unleaded petrol, diesel, LPG and lead substitutive additive are available at petrol stations. Major debit and credit cards are generally accepted. Right hand drive vehicles should use headlight converters these are compulsory. Dipped headlights should be used if there is low visibility during daytime. They should be on whenever you are in tunnels, on motorways, carriageways and on town roads.
- Seatbelts should always be worn
- Children should sit in the back
- Children under 4 should use a child seat
Everybody, whether Italian or foreign, who takes part in financial transactions in the country needs a tax identification number or codice fiscale. You’ll become taxable as residents once you do 183 days work (more than half the year) in Italy.
Let’s not deny, it’s a complex system. Tax evasion is traditionally much more common than in the UK or US. At the top levels of ‘supertax’, rates have been historically very high and evasion rife. 83% of the population declare an income of less than 4000Euros pa. And many of us will be confused by the Italian system of tax amnesties and the reporting requirements for foreign investments.
Another complication is that your possessions are taxable, not just your income, so don’t move your yacht and Jaguar to Italy, as they may become tax liabilities!
Taxes for businesses in Italy
IRAP is an issue if you are planning to set up a business or work on a self-employed basis in Italy. The smallest companies will pay this, though how much depends on region, and the basic rate is 4.25%. Businesses also need to become familiar with IVA (roughly equating to UK VAT or US sales taxes) and the codice fiscale. IVA (Imposta sul valore aggiunto) rises in stages from 4% to 10% to 20%. Standard rate is 20% for clothes, food is 10%.
Other taxes in Italy attached to property
Once you own real estate in Italy, you’ll become liable for another new tax, ICI (Imposta Comunale sugli Immobili). This is a property tax levied by the comune (the equivalent of your local council in the UK or US) and based on the rateable value (valore catastale) of your house, rather like the Council Tax in the UK. Annoyingly, you can’t set up Direct Debits or put a cheque in the post, paying your ICI involves queueing up to pay at the post office twice a year. There is tax payable on completion of your purchase of real estate, such as L’imposta del registro, you can read more about that in our section on completing the sale. There is also VAT or sales tax to pay if you buy real estate from a builder or a housing association or co-op. This ranges from 4% – 10% depending on whether it’s to be your main domicile, whether you already live in the municipality or if it’s to be a second home.
Inheritance and capital gains tax in Italy
While property values are periodically taxed via IRPEF, there is now no capital gains tax on property (the former INVIM) and there is no wealth tax. Inheritance and gifting of property are sheltered too, with gifts under €80,760 or to close family members shielded from tax. The position on inheritance, with numerous exemptions and a sliding scale of marginal taxation is complex and you should seek expert advice. And again, it’s not quite as rosy as it sounds. Though Berlusconi’s government conceived the plan as a way of attracting capital back into Italy, your real estate owned in Italy is regarded as being subject to the tax laws of your home country. This is a juncture for consulting the commercialista or your home tax advisor.
Moving to Italy and taxation
Countries such as the UK and US have double taxation treaties with Italy, to avoid the unfairness of your getting taxed in two countries on the same assets.
UK residents should tell the Inspector of Taxes; they will send you a form P85 to fill in. They will require proof that you are leaving UK jurisdiction before they remove your UK tax liabilities — evidence of having both sold a UK house and bought or rented Italian real estate should do it. If you are planning to work in Italy, then the P45 from your last employer in the UK, plus a proof of employment from an Italian employer should be sufficient to convince them you are no longer their concern. For more details on living and working abroad go to the Inland Revenue website.
Other taxes issues in Italy
It’s vital to get your tax and other financial affairs in order before you move. You may find that going offshore with your bank accounts or mortgages yields huge benefits, and moving to a foreign country and assuming expat status could be the perfect time to do this. Planning is all. A good audit of your affairs, with a competent professional who can advise you how to best shield your assets from the taxman, could save you thousands of euros and lots of sleepless nights.
The first thing you need to know is that if you’re a citizen of the European Union you are free to retire to Italy without the need for a visa for entry. Having said that, once you do arrive in Italy you have to register your presence with the local authorities by going along to the nearest police headquarters (questura) and applying for a residency permit (permesso di soggiorno).
If you herald from any other nation you will need permission to retire to Italy and you will need to demonstrate sufficient proof of income so that the authorities see that you can support yourself fiscally speaking in retirement. Contact your nearest Italian consulate and find out about the paperwork you will have to complete and the proof of income that you will have to provide. Note: this proof of i ncome has to be passive income – i.e., you should not need to keep working when living in Italy in order to support yourself if you’re asking to move there to retire. What this means is that your proof of income should be in the form of pension payments for example.
If you are in receipt of pension income no matter where you’re moving from, find out from your pension provider whether they will pay your income into an Italian bank account. If they won’t then you will need to keep your old account going and ensure you have access to it via the Internet or through telephone banking so that you can have easy access to your funds.
Once you have residency in Italy sorted out you can apply to join the national health scheme. There is a reciprocal agreement between the UK and Italy so that UK retirees can have access to free basic healthcare in Italy in retirement assuming they have paid into the UK state healthcare scheme through taxes and National Insurance contributions during their working life.
To apply to join you register with the local health authority (unita sanitaria locale) and get your health number. With this number you can register with a local doctor. Because the Italian public health care system is underfunded and overstretched, many who retire to Italy choose to take out some form of private health insurance to ensure they will be well looked after if they need to be. Premiums need not be expensive – but shop around, look at the small print, consider getting critical care cover so that if you are taken ill for a long period you will have someone to take care of you and also make sure the excess you will have to pay if you make a claim is affordable to you.
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