Moving to Sicily as an expat

Moving to Sicily as an expat

Moving to Sicily as an expat

A distinct island of intense culture and traditional roots, Sicily holds allure for many looking for a Mediterranean lifestyle. What are the most important things to know when considering Sicily as an expat destination?

1. It’s not all the same

Sicily is deceptively large. Around 170 miles long and with a population of over 5 million, it’s not as small as many think. Therefore, do your homework and consider where you actually want to live.

2. Consider your budget

In Sicily there are plenty of renovation options, but factor this in to your cost. Many ex-pats consider living in Italy as they, usually correctly, consider it a cost-effective way of buying property and living the Italian lifestyle. 

Sicily, however, is an island. As such, the cost of living is greater. Consider how it compares to your current expenses by checking out cost of living in Catania and cost of living in Palermo, to get an idea.

3. Give it time

Moving to a different country is an upheaval. It takes time to adjust. In Sicily you will find a welcoming culture but you’ll need time and enthusiasm to assimilate.

We strongly recommend partnering with us if you are looking to buy real estate in Italy. We’ll bridge the gap between England and Sicily in terms of language, legalities, systems and more to get you acclimatised quickly.

This applies to our real estate services as well as interior design, architectural services, renovation services and restructuring.

4. Learn the lingo

In Sicily, Italian is the second language and the majority of native Sicilians don’t speak English. Therefore, to feel at home quickly you’ll need to learn the language quickly.

Sicily is a magical island. You can build a Mediterranean and laid back life here, where culture is traditional and food is unrivalled. Get us on board to help with your Sicilian real estate.

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