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Italy Announces Digital Nomad Visa – These Are The Top 5 Locations To Visit

Italy introduces new digital nomad visa
Italy introduces new digital nomad visa [Image by stokpic from Pixabay]

Italy recently announced the exciting news of a new digital nomad visa, that allows people to live and work in the country for up to one year. Meanwhile, the visa is relatively easy to obtain, and we list below five top locations for digital nomads to try out on their new visa.

What do you need to do for a digital nomad visa for Italy?

Admittedly, Italy isn’t the easiest digital nomad visa to obtain but it also isn’t among the hardest. The following are the requirements to be able to apply:

  • Digital nomads must show an annual income of at least €28,000 (approximately $29,950)
  • A comprehensive health insurance policy is required, that is valid for the whole period of stay
  • Digital nomads must prove they have secured accommodation for the duration
  • Applicants must have worked as a digital nomad or remote worker elsewhere for at least six months prior to arriving in Italy.

As long as these criteria are met, you will be granted a digital nomad visa for Italy

This is all well and good, but where are the best locations to live and work as a digital nomad in Italy? These five cities are among the best.

Best cities in Italy for digital nomads

1. Naples for remote working

Naples, Italy for digital nomads
Naples, Italy [Image by Lajos Móricz from Pixabay]
When seeking one of the most affordable cities in Italy, Naples is an excellent choice. It is Italy’s third largest city and, admittedly, is a little chaotic. However, for those seeking an authentic Italian experience, Naples is ideal. Moreover, here digital nomads can enjoy some of the best locations in Italy, including the Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Capri, all of which are easily reached from Naples.

Meanwhile, the city of full of charm and delicious food – including the best pizza in the world. Moreover, Naples offers cheaper prices than many major cities in Italy, where you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for less than €800 ($855) per month.

2. Rome for digital nomads

Remote working in Rome
Colosseum, Rome [Image by Mauricio A. from Pixabay]
It may sound like a cliché, but Rome is also a great destination for working remotely. It is the capital of Italy and its largest city and offers endless, iconic tourist sites to visit. Naturally, these include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Meanwhile, there are many more attractions to visit in this exciting city besides these main locations.

However, as a digital nomad, you should avoid living anywhere near these busy sites. Rather choose the affordable Trastevere neighborhood, or the Prati residential neighborhood. Moreover, according to the cost of living platform, Numbeo, Rome is one of the least expensive cities in Italy.

3. Palermo, Sicily for remote working

Palermo, Sicily for digital nomads
Palermo, Sicily [Image by Nat Aggiato from Pixabay]
According to NomadList, Palermo is the number one digital nomad destination in Italy. This is the capital city of Sicily, a large island in southern Italy. One of the huge benefits is that it enjoys the warmest, sunniest weather in Europe, even in winter. This makes the island the perfect place for those escaping from the cold. Similar to Rome, Numbeo ranks Palermo as beating out both Naples and Rome when it comes to affordability.

4. Remote working at Como and its lake

Lake Como in Italy most-searched-for location for weddings
Lake Como in Italy for digital nomads [Image by G Poulsen from Pixabay]
When thinking of Lake Como, various celebrities come to mind, who own sprawling mansions overlooking the water. However, despite this, the city of Como is affordable. Meanwhile, it is one of the smaller cities in Italy, with only a population of around 85,000, so it doesn’t get overwhelming for digital nomads to spend time here. Best of all, the city nestles on the lake itself, with gorgeous mountain views all around. Moreover, renting an apartment isn’t that expensive, as the average one-bedroom apartment is around €1,000 ($1,070) per month.

5. Lucca, Tuscany for digital nomads

Lucca in Tuscany
Lucca, Tuscany [Image by Sylabo from Pixabay]
For those remote workers dreaming of living in Tuscany, Lucca is definitely the way to go. It nestles in the heart of the region and is a charming but smaller city of around 90,000 people. Even though it is a hugely popular tourist destination, it is not as touristy as Florence, despite having the same Renaissance charm.

Find out more information on applying for a digital nomad visa for Italy here.



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