Italian HousingPosted: 02/08/2011
Homes are beautiful in Italy!
I love my house here, but it is definitely not the same as my home in the U.S.
Be ready for some big differences.
- There are no closets in Italian homes. You either get to use some ugly wardrobes issued by the Army or buy wardrobes. If you are really lucky, the landlord will leave furniture in the bedroom and include the wardrobes. The plus side to this is that the rooms seem bigger and it is easier to arrange the furniture.
- Italian homes have septic systems. Occasionally some, uh…, interesting fragrances will float up the pipes in your bathroom. Run water down fixtures you don’t use regularly to prevent this.
- Staying with the bathroom theme, I have to mention the bidet. Most homes have a bidet in the bathroom. We don’t use ours. After we sanitized it, we use it to store bath toys. If you actually want to use the bidet, read this.
- Do not plan on using electrical appliances the way you do in the United States. Generally, I have to choose which major appliance I want to run. I can not run the dryer and the oven. Sometimes the iron causes a breaker to shut down. It is inconvenient.
- Washing machines and dryers are not the same in Europe. The washers clean clothes well, but it takes over an hour to run a load. The dryers are even slower, so I have heard. We opted for the European washer and an American dryer. However, the American dryer caused the breaker issue mentioned in the last item.
As you begin your search for housing, keep these factors in mind. Newer homes may have less character, but likely have better wiring and plumbing. If a beautiful villa is what you want, then be ready to live with some electrical and plumbing differences.