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Planning a move to Italy? We can match you with up to 6 international removal specialists and could save you 70% off the cost of your relocation to Italy.

Italy is a cultural hotspot, famous for its food and history, and Brits have been flocking to the country for years for work, retirement, study and to experience the Italian "Dolce Vita". According to UN data from 2019, 66,000 people born in the UK live in Italy, with Tuscany, Rome, Foggia, Salerno and Naples being some of the most sought after areas to live.

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Shipping to Italy – Your Transport Options

There are many options available to you when it comes to shipping to Italy. At Compare My Move, we have excellent relationships with various leading international removal companies and can help you save as much as 70% on your relocation cost. If you’re thinking about joining the 66,000 British citizens already residing in Italy and need help with making your move a successful one, we can assist you.

Shipping Freight to Italy

Shipping by sea is one of the most common methods of moving goods to Italy with, 20Ft and 40ft containers are available. Your removal company can move your goods from the port of Rome to anywhere in the country.

Road Freight to Italy

Road freight to Italy service may also be a great option, and you can even have your goods shipped from door-to-door if required. The UK is well connected to road networks across Europe, and links to Italy are no exception.

Flying Your Items to Italy

Airfreight to Italy is both convenient and quick, though this can cost substantially more than transporting your goods by road and sea. Airfreight is costed by weight, so generally, is only be cost-efficient if you're a small amount of items.

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Moving and Shipping Costs to Italy

The price you pay to send your belongings to Italy will depend on a range of factors including the size and weight of your load, where in Italy you are moving to, plus insurance costs.

Cost of Freight

If shipping via a 20ft container, you can expect to pay upwards of £1,000, with a 40ft container costing somewhere in the region of £3,000.

Many people find it is less costly to replace items such as white goods than transport them, so if you are seeking to cut costs it may be worth selling items and purchasing replacements once you have moved.

Be Aware of Hidden Costs

You will also need to factor in charges such as taxes plus custom fees and duties when working out the full cost of your move. If your home can easily be accessed by a removals firm, this may help you keep moving to Italy costs down.


Prohibitions and Restrictions When Moving to Italy

Before embarking on your move it is essential that you do your research and find out what you can and can’t easily take into Italy. This is especially prevalent since Britain officially left the EU and in light of Covid regulations. This will ensure you avoid sizeable financial penalties and breaking the law.

What You Can't Take

Items such as weapons and ammunition, plants, meat and dairy products, vegetables and animal skin will be regulated and/or forbidden if you don’t have special permission. If you are transporting cash, you are only allowed to bring up to 10,000 EUR. You will also be limited by how much tobacco and alcohol you can take with you.

Household Goods

New furniture and household goods may be subject to duty and will need receipts. At the time of your move to Italy, you will need to have acquired your items at least 12 months prior and used them in a previous residence for them to be duty and tax-free.

Permits and Authorisation

Italian customs rules mean electronic equipment will require an Import Permit. You will also need authorisation if you are planning on importing works of art and antiques.

Keep a Clear Inventory

Most personal effects and furniture won’t incur duties but you will need to provide an inventory of everything you are importing. If you fail to list anything, you will need to pay duty on it due to Italian customs regulations.

How Much Does It Cost?

Standard VAT on the vast majority of items is 22% plus insurance and the shipping cost. Certain items also carry an excise duty.

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Packing Tips to Help With Your Move to Italy

Below are some general packing tips to keep your Italy move stress-free. There is a great deal of advice on safely packing your goods on our website, so for further reading check out our ultimate guide to moving abroad.

Make it Secure and Simple

Make sure your goods are packed as safely and securely as possible before they are shipped. It’s a good idea to start packing early, as the process often takes longer than expected. Heavy items should go on the bottom of your boxes, with lighter ones resting on top. To protect your items further, use generous amounts of bubble wrap. Blankets and pillows will help you save your furniture from damage.

Where to Start

If you start packing on the top floor of your house and work your way downwards, this should also help with moving your belongings to Italy.

Use Labels

Label all your boxes with information about your contents and make a note of which room they are to be placed in. Ensure any boxes with fragile items are suitably labelled.

Keep Important Documents to Hand

All important documents should be kept together, and be easily accessible throughout your move.

Hire Professionals

Professional movers can help you avoid problems when packing your goods away, whilst preventing damage and enabling you to sidestep unnecessary costs.

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Importing Motor Vehicles to Italy

Here's what you need to know to get your wheels moving when importing your car into Italy

Avoid New Vehicles

It’s advisable to avoid importing a brand new vehicle into the country. This is because you are likely to be faced with rather sizeable import duties. If your car is deemed to be ‘new’, you will need to pay VAT on it.

If you have owned the vehicle for a minimum of a year, you may be able to import it without paying duty as long as you source a Certificate of Origin.

Multiple Cars, Multiple Charges

You are likely to face charges if you attempt to import multiple vehicles.

No Sale For a Year

You won’t be able to sell any vehicle you have taken into Italy for at least a year.

What You Need to Bring

You will also need to bring documents that relate to ownership, registration, insurance and manufacturer’s details. All copies must be originals. You are likely to face vast duties and taxes if you take in a vehicle from a non-EU country when importing your car to Italy.

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Shipping Your Pets to Italy

Here we bring you all you need to know to bring your pets with you on your big move to Italy. Be aware that regulations will have changed following Britain's exit from the EU, which we have explained below.

According to the UK government guidance on moving to Italy with a pet, a GB-issued EU pet passport is not valid for travel to the EU. Speak to your vet prior to travel about obtaining the necessary pet travel documents and to ensure you are compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations. This includes an animal health certificate unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country.

Remember the Microchip

You need to ensure your pet is microchipped before you transport them to Italy. The chip will normally need to be ISO standard 11784/11785 compliant, though you can bring a scanner that is compliant with the chip if this is not the case.

There's a Pet Limit

You may also take various other types of animal into the country, but cannot transport more than five animals.

Healthy and Certified

All animals need to be transported inside a suitable pet carrier and have a health certificate issued by a vet no more than 48 hours before entering the country. They will also need to have a valid rabies vaccination.


Types of Visas and Permits in Italy

You can stay in Italy for a 90-day period without applying for a National Vvsa, as part of the Schengen agreement signed by 26 European Countries. This is known as a Schengen visa, or short-term visa. Once you pass the 90-day mark, you will need to ensure you have the relevant documents and meet the Italian Government's entry requirements or you could be removed from the country.

There are a number of different requirements depending on the reason for being in Italy- be it to study, for work or research or if you have Italian or EU family members. It is essential that you research which visa or requirements are needed for you to stay and that you adhere to government regulations and advice.

National Visa

The National Visa allows a foreign national stay for over 90 days, issued by the Italian Consulate. This is required by non-EU nationals and remains valid for a limited period. This type of visa allows a foreign national, who is awaiting a residency permit in Italy, to move freely within any other Schengen Country for up to a maximum of 90 days within 6 months from the initial date of validity of the visa.

Any foreign national who has been granted an Italian National Visa must report to the Questura (Central Police Station) within 8 working days of entry into the country to apply for a Permesso di soggiorno.

Elective Residence

A residency visa allows entrance into Italy to individuals with high self-sustaining incomes and financial assets who have a real necessity to stably reside in Italy and who can demonstrate a steady and adequate income (not from subordinate work) and other financial resources. This visa is issued only to applicants who are planning to move permanently to Italy and it does not allow the recipient to work.

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Banking, Mail and HMRC

When making a life for yourself in Italy, there will be a few essential details that you will need to attend to. This includes where you plan on banking and if you need to set up an account in Italy, forwarding any mail to your new Italian address and notifying both HMRC and your utility providers.


Depending on how long you plan on living in Italy will determine which bank account you apply for, whether you want a resident account or non-resident account. To open a bank account in Italy you will need:

  • Your passport
  • Proof of employment
  • A valid Italian address
  • Your tax code (codice fiscale) from your nearest Agenzia delle Entrate.
Forwarding Your UK Post

Whether it's mail from your UK bank, bills or personal mail, you can usually have your post forwarded to your new Italian address for up to a year. This can be arranged via The Royal Mail for a fee.


HMRC will need to know that you are leaving the UK, as will your various utility providers such as your water supplier, electricity and gas company, broadband provider, in addition to your local council.