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Hi My husband and I are planning to retire in Trapani, in Sicily from NYC, once we formally retire in September and start collecting dual SS benefits.

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:56

My husband and I are New York City residents formally retiring in September. We have visited Sicily 4 out of the last 5 years and decided  we'd like to retire in Trapani by or before Jan.

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:18

I would like to hear from other US ciitizens  that have sucessfully  moved to Italy or Sicily, particularly retirees and their experience and advice regarding attaining an Elective Residence Visa.ThanksHolly McClean

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 22:23

My husband and I are New Yorkers planning to retire in Trapani, Sicily. We will be collectingSocial Security as of Sept. 2017 ample enough to support ourselves and have $400,000 in liquid assets for backup.

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 16:27

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Mon, 06/26/2017 - 03:50

Schengen visa is for travelers to be in Schengen countries for 90 days at time . We are applying for a national visa as pensioners, to live. here. ,bringing our income with us and with no intention of working.
So we need minimum of 30,000 healyb insurance

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:57

thanks modicasaWe are first applying for National Visa for retired people st the Italian Consulate in NYC where we will have to show them we have a lease for an apartment for  1 year and private medical insurance. So what weneed to know for our first full year in Italy is what is the best private health insurance we can purchase as expats. We also need to show for the permesso di giorno.A few years down the road we hope to obtain permanent residency. But for now we can only obtain private insurance according to Italian rules.Can you recommend any companies that sell good insurance to expats.Thankshollyssg

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 05:03

We just a rental for a year but read about rent to buy and wanted some feedback since its difficult for non EU CITIZENS to get mortgages in Italy and we want to live in Trapani for a while beford we buy if ever.

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:58

None of these answers is relevent to my question since we are not EU Residents,we ate US citizens, want to retire in Trapani Sicily, applying as soon as our Social Security kicks in, know we have to buy privatr health insurance, and Hugo says it shoykd cost 1600- 1800 a year and we'd like to know from what company and what it covers.
Wr would also like to hear asap, since we are here in Trapani now, from anyone who has a furnished apartment in Trapani theyd like to rent for a year., starting sometime this winter .
Holly McClean

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:15

Hi UgoWe  are  New Yorkers planning to retire ib Trapani, Sicily and will be pensioners when we apply for a long term visa. I appreciated and read alot of the info you posted., I agree that the vegans are way off on that estimate for a "poor lifestyle", we estimate less then that for a moderately extravagent one.We have been looking  at a few mediacl ibsurance companies for the required amount of coverage and haven't seen anything that is in the 1600-1800 price range . What we found so far costa about 500 a month or us both and that only covers hospitalization, assuming thats emergency and required care.I have two questionsfor you since you seem to know about these things.What medical insurance companies do you recommend that are within or around the pricing you describe above and what does a doctor's visit cost, general practiioner and specialist. in Italy.Thanks again for your inputHolly McClean 

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:25

We are Americans hoping to retire in Trapani, Sicily.
Unless its furnished which wr're finding a bit difficult you can should be able to get an apartment in your price range.
Its a city if 75000 people , has beaches , both town and clubs, old and new town and has Birgi airport ,20 minutes away.
Near Marsala, just sw of Palermo., and easy day trips to Segesta, and Selinunte.
Holly McClean

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:19

Hi HugoI saw your reply regarding "3000 Euros" per month to live in Italy.We are a couple from NYC about to retire, intending to live in Trapani, Sicily and will be applying for a retiree's longterm visa  as soon as our dual social security starts. We think 3000 a month is way over a "living cheap"budget  since rent is low but so far in our research medical insurance is looking like at least 500 euros a month. We could pay less if we just get "major medical" that doesn't include doctors visits or prescriptions but have no idea how much doctors visits and drugs cost so are hesitant to take it even if it fullfills the visa requirement and we have part a Medicare in the states regardless.If you have any suggestions to give us on what medical insurance is good, comprehensive and not that expensive I'd appreciate the information and also the general cost of a doctors visit and medications  if you are not an EU citizen,so we have an idea of what medical insurance is necessary.Thanks for your input. We have been planning this in theory for years and now we want to make it a realityHolly McClean   

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 18:31

You aren't collecting yet and if you apply before you formally retire they think you might work.
We are not applying til then because of that .

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:49

We wont be applying until we are formally retired in September, collecting almost maximum allowed social security and we have liquid assets and a healthy bank account. We dont want to work .

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:17

What would you recommend we say in our statement that would help us? We will be totally retired, have been in Sicily or Italy every year for the last 5, Trapani for a month last year, wil have. a easily covered life with SS and assets so have no urge or reason to work.