Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

29 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Sicilian village in a valley now selling its dilapidated homes for one euro

If you’ve finally had enough of the UK’s broken political system but can’t a afford a home overseas, this is for you! The latest little town to offer a dilapidated property for just one euro on condition of its full restoration is located amid the beauty of southern Sicily and is suffering from de-population as its young people are leaving for Italy’s thriving cities. Bivona’s local authority is asking for a deposit of just £2,100 and allows four years for a satisfactory restoration to take place. The charming little hill...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Mafia gang wars, drugs and murder threaten expat life in Spain

British expats living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are being warned over violence and assassinations now taking place in what appears to be a drugs-based mafia-style gang war. Over the past several months, Spanish police have been investigating at least two murders, with a third taking place just two weeks ago. The first body, that of a 39 year-old man, was found in a ditch on September 18, with the corpse showing signs of violence. Police originally labelled the death as suicide, but changed their minds when the proof of...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats urged to use tactical voting to stop Brexit in its tracks

As Britain’s latest general election looms, British expats living and working in European Union member states are plotting to tip its results towards a second referendum simply by using their votes. The strategy is simple, involving forgetting previous party loyalties and voting for whichever party comes out in favour of remaining in the EU. The growing feeling amongst British expats in Europe that the UK is ‘making refugees out of its own people’ is growing and should lend strength to the call to vote tactically. An...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Massive basement cannabis factory discovered in Mijas

Mijas police find massive cannabis plantation in luxury Costa del Sol villa’s basement. Mijas’s extensive British expat population were amazed when the news of a police raid on a huge indoor cannabis plantation broke. The impressive installation contained more than 500 flourishing cannabis plants, and was discovered in the basement of one of Mijas’s most luxurious villas. Obviously a large-scale marijuana operation, all of the plants were in an advanced growth stage. Irrigation systems, high-power lamps trained on the...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Would-be Brit expats urged to check their destinations for frozen pensions

Would-be British expat retirees are being urged to check their favoured destination as to whether it’s subject to frozen UK pensions. As Brexit day approaches yet again, many Brits are finalising their plans to leave the UK to its own devices and settle down for a comfortable retirement elsewhere in the world. Many will be relying on the British state pension for their everyday needs, even although it’s now considered ungenerous at best. In the rush to leave, it’s possible a good few haven’t taken into account the harsh fact...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brexit chaos ruining would-be British expat retirement plans

A recent survey suggests Brexit is wrecking overseas retirement plans for British citizens. The survey was carried out by Canada Life and involved 1,006 Britons over the age of 50 who were considering moving overseas after retirement. The results weren’t encouraging, as almost half of respondents who’d been planning to retire overseas were now reconsidering and resigning themselves to staying in the UK. Others believe the threat of Brexit and the difficulties of retiring in Europe without freedom of movement is causing them to...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vienna welcome to join in UNO City’s open house day

Vienna’s United Nations headquarters is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an ‘Open House’ day for expats as well as nationals. Known locally as ‘UNO City’, the building holds around 500 employees hailing from 125 diverse countries, all of whom are working to improve lives via the UN’s many agencies and organisations headquartered in Vienna. The open house event will take place on September 8 between 14.00 and 17.00 and will include presentations, films and exhibitions profiling the work of all the UN’s affiliated...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals in northern Italy suffering freak storms and torrential rain

Global warming has caused massive storms and evacuations in northern Italy. In yet another demonstration of the increasing risk of global warming, Italy’s Lake Como and its surrounding mountainous areas have experienced severe storms resulting in flooding, mud slides and evacuations of expats and locals alike. One small town to the east of the lake declared a state of emergency as the Varrone river burst its banks for the second time over the last several months. Massive mud slides covered cars, damaged properties and blocked roads,...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Massive Costa Blanca investment fraud loses UK expat retirees some 25 million

In spite of endless warnings by authorities and online advice sites, pensioners in the Costa del Sol have lost millions to yet another investment scam. Continental Wealth Management, now defunct, was using the familiar technique of shovelling expat retirees’ life savings into high-risk investments paying massive commissions to dodgy IFAs operating from a high-end office in Denia. Hundreds of British pensioners in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France have now lost a total of up to £25 million, with little or no chance of getting any of...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Spain wins out as top destination for expat Brits

It’s survey time again, with Spain now voted the top dream destination for British expats. According to a new poll carried out in the UK, Spain is still the all-time favourite destination for Britons looking to improve their quality of life at less cost than in the UK. The study’s question was straightforward, asking respondents where they’d move if they could choose one country anywhere on the planet. Spain was one option, pitted against Dubai, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as other British expat hideaways, but...