Maheshwaran Jothi Maheshwaran Jothi is an author and travel blogger. He loves getting lost in the lap of mother nature and loves the journey more than the destination.


  1. Binoy
    July 30, 2019 @ 4:57 pm

    Nicely written MJ


    • Travel
      August 2, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

      Thanks a Lot, Binoy.


  2. Vinay
    July 31, 2019 @ 2:42 pm

    Very well depicted this is what every individual want to know who is in the process of relocation to Italy, will comment or provide feedback once I will be in Milan


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      August 2, 2019 @ 2:26 pm

      Glad to hear that. Welcome to Milan!
      Do share you experience as well.


  3. Apurva
    August 1, 2019 @ 9:14 pm

    Very informative however I have some questions-
    1) Groceries of Indian style or items in Indian shop (or Asian shops) are usually very expensive. Correct me if my observation is worng.
    2)it’s very expensive and difficult to get driving licences in Italy. Isn’t it . May be we can add cost of agencies who help to get licence to make article more detailed .


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      August 2, 2019 @ 2:32 pm

      1) If you compare the price with that of Indian stores in India, then yes. They are. But the groceries are a little bit extra with similar kinds of stuff from local. For example, the rice will be around 1.5 to 2 Euro per KG. Daals ranges from 4-6 Euros per KG. But if you take the cosmetics or other items, it would definitely be costlier than local brands. Say the toothpaste, shampoos, talc, oils etc.
      2) Getting a drivers license is expensive in most part of Europe. If you know the driving and want to get the local license, then it will be at a cost of 600-700 Euro in any agencies, called Autoscuola. If you directly it would be cheaper (in the range of 100-200 Euro) but the logistics and difficulties to find test drive vehicles makes it not a common solution. In case you want to drive extra hours to learn driving, it would be around 30 Euro per hour.

      Thanks for such productive questions. I actually have a post planned for detailing this process to get drivers license. Will surely consider your points.



  4. Alan Maria
    October 10, 2019 @ 8:24 pm

    If you are planning to settle in Italy or want to spend some holidays then firstly go through this blog. This will give the idea of expenditures. Last but not the least thanks for this awesome post.


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      November 4, 2019 @ 9:09 am

      Thanks for the mention.


  5. Steve Clark
    October 19, 2019 @ 12:55 am

    Wow, what a great article! Thank you for reminding us of the excitement of getting out of our comfort zones and showing us such a different place. I’ve really enjoyed reading it throughout. Thanks


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      November 4, 2019 @ 9:10 am

      Good to hear that. Thank you for reading the blog.


  6. San
    November 17, 2019 @ 7:42 pm

    Really useful information. I would like to know if a salary of 3500usd would be enough for a family of 4 (kids 9 and 7) if the house n school are paid for by the employer. They say it will be given as tax free salary.


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      November 17, 2019 @ 9:02 pm

      As I mentioned in the post, major portion of the salary goes for two things – Rent & Tax. If you are looking for International schools then that is the next big chunk.
      So, if these 3 items are taken care by your employer, it almost like no expense! 🙂
      I would say the salary you mentioned would be super cool. Go for it.
      Good luck.


      • San
        November 18, 2019 @ 5:02 am

        Thanks for the quick reply.. please do write about the medical care there… does it have a long waiting period? Will be be able to just visit any specialist like in India? Atleast do they see children quickly for fever flu etc if we drop at the clinic or does that also require appointments? This is my main worry.
        Good to know a fellow tamilian has moved to Italy!


        • Maheshwaran Jothi
          November 18, 2019 @ 9:23 am

          Thanks for the lead. Sure, I will try to cover in detail on Medical.
          To make it short, except for emergencies, the waiting time for visiting a specialist through the government system is really long. But it is possible to get a private appointment at an additional cost of 120-140Euro. In most cases, you may get an appointment in days.
          You can always visit the “pronto soccorso” (like our emergency care) without an appointment, but there is waiting time depending on the problem you visit. Emergencies are given more priority. Usually, for kids, its much shorter, they have a preference.


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