Ciao e benvenuto or hello, and welcome to InterNations Florence! As the premier, social hub for expats around the world, InterNations is here to make sure that your relocation to Florence (or anywhere else around the world) goes as smoothly as possible. So if you don't know your Piazza del Cure (suburban neighborhood to the north of the city) from your panzanella (traditional Tuscan bread salad), want help finding the best schools in Florence or are just curious as to what expat life would be like in this beautiful Italian city — why not join InterNations today and let our helpful community of expats be your guide?
With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Singapore or Hong Kong.
Attend our monthly events and activities for Florence expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Florence expat forums.
Florence is a truly beautiful city, with winding cobbled streets and a richly historical feel. As the birthplace of the Renaissance and famously associated with many of historical Europe's most highly regarded painters, scientists and philosophers, life in Florence comes with quite a bit of prestige. Although a famous and busy city, with literally hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to visit each year, big business and industry aren't that prominent in Florence. Instead expats are likely to find employment in the tourism, fashion, arts and other creative or service sectors. That said, the job market in Florence is pretty strong so there will be economic opportunities available for expats with the right skill set. You should, however, be reminded that car transport is not practical in or around the old city center, and by far the most efficient way of getting around Florence (like in many European cities) is by bicycle. For tips like this (and more), InterNations and its members have you covered, so if you like the sound of relocating to this historical city, then why not join our network today?
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Dubai or Riyadh, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
As with many countries around Europe, life in Italy can prove somewhat of a culture shock for international expats. For example, Italians love to siesta (between 12:00 and 15:00) and also put much stock in formality and traditional greetings in different circumstances. A change of culture after any relocation abroad can leave many expats overwhelmed and homesick, but luckily InterNations is always on hand to help. With a friendly and helpful international community of expats available to meet, greet, socialize and learn from, whether through our online platform or at one of our many social events in Florence, you can sit back and relax in the company of like-minded expats. From language exchanges and business networking (probably the best way to further your career in Italy) to hiking trips, photography clubs and coffee evenings, there is literally something for the expat of any persuasion in the InterNations Florence Community.