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Moving to Genoa

What to know if you're moving to Genoa

Genoa’s nickname is ‘la superba’ (the proud one) and, with its rich culture and modern amenities, it has much to offer expats. There is a wide choice of accommodation, from city center apartments to more spacious, family-friendly villas on the outskirts. Read about the city, the climate and the visas in our guide!

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All about Italy

If moving to Italy is part of your plans, our comprehensive guide gives you all the steps to move to Italy, from getting a visa, to registering for healthcare, paying takes, getting a bank account, finding schools, and more. Find out if you meet the requirements for moving to Italy—be warned these are quite different for EU citizens and non-EU citizens in most aspects.

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Relocating to Genoa

About the City

Genoa, the capital of Liguria, is the sixth largest city in Italy with a population of 608,826. Genoa is situated between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains and the region of Liguria boasts a rocky coast, sandy beaches, mountains and green hills.

The Climate in Genoa

Genoa enjoys a Mediterranean climate: warm, dry summers, where temperatures rarely feel uncomfortably hot and mild winters. The agreeable weather makes it a popular destination for both holidaymakers and expats. From December to February, the average temperature is 12°C (54°F) during the day and 6°C (43°F) at night. In the warmest months — July and August — the average temperature is 28°C (82°F) during the day and 21°C (70°F) at night.

Visas for Italy

EU citizens have the right to move to Italy to work without a work permit; enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and other social and tax advantages; and stay in the country even after employment has finished.

After three months EU citizens will require a residence permit. This can be applied for at your local Italian police headquarters. When applying you will need your passport and passport-sized photographs.

Non-EU citizens coming from overseas will require a visa, residence and work permit to live and work in the country. The visas with which non-EU nationals enter the country are divided into different categories, including the Schengen Visa, which enables non-EU or Schengen Agreement citizens to enter a Schengen country for up to 90 days; and the Long-stay or national visa. You will need to apply for the latter if you are planning to move to Italy for more than three months, and you need to do so in person. The following documents are required: a valid passport, accommodation arrangements, purpose of visit, and proof of financial support during your stay. The long-stay visas are then subdivided into the other main categories, like student visa, family visa, or work visa.

Contact your local Italian Embassy or Consulate for more information and advice.

Whether you are moving abroad for the first time or relocated multiple times before, the process raises many questions. Our complete guide to relocation will ease your doubts along the way, from the initial preparations to how to negotiate a relocation package, we help you GO! prepared with the key answers.

Updated on: December 06, 2018
Living

Living in Genoa

Genoa is a fascinating city, full of contrasts. Its medieval center and historic port are at the heart of a modern city...

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Working in Genoa

Genoa’s economy is based in different industries: tourism, steel, teaching… so there is a plenty job offers for expats t...

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