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Italian public holidays
Life in Italy

Public Holidays in Italy

Public Holidays are certain days throughout the years where national and local activities are reduced, and they are alternated by working days. Italian public holidays are affected by the Christian heritage, the Roman heritage, and Italian history. The weekly holiday is placed on each Sunday, in accordance to the Christian heritage; furthermore, Italy has 12

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Internet in Italy
Life in Italy

Internet setup in Italy

Italy ranks at the bottom of the EU charts for Internet speed. However the situation is greatly improving thanks to the various government’s commitment to increase the broadband available in Italy, as well as connect even remote villages to the optical fiber network. Let’s find out how the Internet service works in Italy and how

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electricity in Italy
Life in Italy

Electricity in Italy

Italy switched from monopoly to free market for electricity in 1999; 37 years after the creation of Enel (Energia Elettrica), the national monopoly company was subject to competition and therefore it battles with other suppliers to provide the electricity to Italian households and companies. The standard electricity supply is 220 Volts (V), 50 Hertz (Hz).

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SPID
Life in Italy

SPID

SPID stands for Sistema Pubblico Identità Digitale. This is the public system of digital ID provided to citizens of Italy, and this marks an attempt of the Italian public office system to move to digital access to its services and databases. This system is very similar to the Estonian digital ID one. The SPID is

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water supply in Italy
Life in Italy

Water supply in Italy

Every house needs a water supply to provide for the most basic human needs. Italy has a wide network of potable water in all of its households scattered throughout Italy, and it also ranks very high in the potable water index, meaning that individuals can consume tap water with no restrictions. The Italian water system

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schooling and education in italy
Life in Italy

Schooling & Education in Italy

The Italian schooling and education system starts from kindergarten up to secondary education. Italy has a mandatory education requirement for pupils aged from 6 to 16 years of age, which includes: 5 years of elementary school;3 years of middle school;2 years of secondary school. Let’s find out Early Childhood Education and Care – ECEC Italy

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Italy property for lease
Life in Italy

How to rent a property in Italy

Renting a property as an expat is quite difficult for a few reasons. Firstly, you are likely to be new to the country and not used to the Italian real estate market; secondly, you might not speak the language that well, and finally you are going through the whole relocation process where finding a property

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Metric to imperial
Life in Italy

Italy conversion chart

Italy adopts the metric system as its main measurement system. If your country has a different measurement system, the following charts come very handy. Imperial/US to Metric: Length 1 foot2.54 centimetres1 foot0.3048 metre1 yard0.9144 metre1 mile1.60934 Kilometres1 nautical mile1852 metres Metric to Imperial/US: Length 1 centimetre0.3937 in1 metre1.0936 yd / 3.38 ft / 39.37 in1

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Gas in Italy
Life in Italy

Natural Gas in Italy

Since January 2003, the Italian gas market has been deregulated and multiple players are now flocking the natural gas market of Italy. If you are coming from various countries overseas, it might be surprising that most of the heating systems in Italy are propelled by natural gas, as well as kitchen stoves. Despite an upcoming

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Mobile phone in Italy
Life in Italy

Mobile & Cell phone in Italy

The mobile traffic has exploded in recent years, with every one connected through mobile phones leveraging the data plan provided by the mobile company. This trend is impossible to stop. How do you get a cellphone number in Italy and how do you get data? This article will shed some light on the matter. The

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