- Vibrant night life. One of the first things you’ll notice about Italy is that its inhabitants are incredibly social. Italians rarely stay home and only bad weather may keep them indoors.
- Amazing surroundings. No matter where you live or study in Italy, you’re surrounded by an amazing heritage and natural beauty. Italy boasts its magnificent nature and you will have the opportunity to appreciate it.
- Well maintained accommodation. While the décor is dated, you can’t criticize the state of most of the apartments you’ll find to rent. Italians expect their apartments to be in good working order and if anything breaks, it’s the responsibility of the owner to fix it for you.
- Cheap and tasty food. The Italians have the most amazing supermarkets. Even the smallest supermarket in the smallest town has an incredible spread of fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese. Strict food laws prevent the excessive use of preservatives or colorings.
- Expensive amenities. Italy has limited resources, so, while you pay less for things ‘Made in Italy’, you pay more for everything they have to import. Resources like fuel, gas and electricity are expensive and limited. For example, you can’t have too many appliances on at once or you’ll short the system. The best way to avoid paying too much is to commit the peak and non-peak times of your electricity company to heart.
- Dangerous roads. Don’t drive in Italy if you can avoid it. The public transport is more than adequate, so you have no reason to risk your life. Even as a pedestrian, you should never cross the road in Italy without thoroughly looking both ways. Italian drivers are known not to stop for anyone – not even if you’re crossing at the designated crossing.
- Limited English speakers. Very few Italians are fluent in English. In some towns, you can be the only English speaker for kilometres. You might also find people are abrupt when you speak to them in English. This usually happens in the more popular cities like Florence, Rome and Venice, where the jaded locals often think tourists are a nuisance.