Traveling With a Permesso di Soggiorno Receipt

Bend, Oregon. Italy has some beautiful natural sights, but there really just is no place like home.

As a child, I remember how agonizing the wait for Christmas was, counting down the days until Santa delivered the trivial things on my wish list like velvet socks or a charm bracelet. Now, as an adult, I look forward to less amusing things like Italy sale season or my permesso di soggiorno card. If you are looking to make travel plans outside of Italy, but haven’t yet received your card then never fear, your guide to traveling with a permesso di soggiorno receipt is here!

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How to Get Italian Health Insurance

Being one of the lucky ones, my American health insurance covered me abroad so I was never forced to buy traveler’s insurance or Italian insurance. The main deterrant for me as a student was the cost. However, after receiving a permesso di soggiorno for work purposes I decided to take advantage of the free health insurance offer and sign up for the National Health Service (SSN).

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Quitting Your Job in Italy

Quitting your job is much different in Italy than in America. During high school and college I often changed jobs as I moved to new cities and desired different skills. The process of leaving my position was never more difficult than submitting a letter or speaking with my boss in person about my intention to pursue other opportunities. However, in Italy, even quitting your job can require a trip to a bureaucratic office.

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Do I need to learn Italian to live in Italy?

Well, do you really need to do anything in life except drink water, eat, and pay taxes? Probably not, but doing other things can certainly help you make more friends, get a better job, and live a fuller life, and learning Italian is one of those things. I have met many people along my journey here in Italy who don’t speak a lick of Italian and they have survived okay, but I have also met people who are wonderfully fluent in Italian. Of course their experiences have been vastly different and it’s up to you if you would like to put in the effort, time, and money (probably a lot) to learn the local language. In this article I’ll explore a few of the pros and cons.

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How to Get Residency in an Italian City

If you’re looking for information on how to get your permesso di soggiorno, I’m afraid this isn’t the right page. However, getting your residency in an Italian city is another important part of the bureaucratic process. Having a certificate of residence in an Italian city allows to you sign up for the national health care system where you can receive many health-related services for free. It’s also necessary if you are looking to convert your permesso di soggiorno from study to work.

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