Updated: Nov 1, 2018
During the time I’ve spent in Rome, I’ve come across a number of expats. People who left their homes and changed their whole lives just to live in this city. Some have come here because they had no choice, others because they were looking for adventure or found love but the one constant is that everyone has extremely personal reasons for why they made the decision to live in Rome.
For me, I came here for the challenge. I’d always wanted to live abroad, to learn a new language and to show myself what I was made of. Could I really create a new life in a foreign country? Could I withstand the challenges I would face and come out of them standing tall?
I think in some way, a lot of people who come here carry some of that same spirit. Creating a life in Italy is not easy, no matter how many stories you’ve heard of the “dolce vita”. You have to understand that you will have to work hard to earn it but it’s amazing when you can begin to see the fruits of your labor. Like finally being able to get in and out of the post office like a pro or seamlessly navigating the permesso process without blinking an eye. For the record, I’m still working on these.
It’s because of these challenges that I always encourage anyone who is thinking of moving to Rome or Italy in general to really research what it will take to make their own path. Talk to expats, read blogs, find friends who have lived abroad, speak to Italians! Take in as much information as you can and let it guide you when making your decision.
Beyond that the only advice I can give is to really make sure that in your gut, you know that you’re ready to live here. Even if you're scared out of your mind, because there's a good chance you will be. Even if there’s a chance you could arrive here and after 3 months decide that you hate it, which there is no shame in. Even if you decide you want to stay, and then have to face the headache of figuring out how. To be ready doesn’t mean you need to have all the answers or that you’re coming here without any worries about what moving will mean for you and your life. To be ready to take the leap and move to Rome means you’ll be ready to face whatever comes your way head on, even if it’s unpleasant.
So should you move to Rome? F*** yeah, if you’ve made sure that your heart really wants it and not a second sooner.