When most people think of Italy, they think of Rome not just because it is the country’s capital but also because of its history, tourist attractions, and amazing culture. We know that moving to Rome can and should be an exciting time but whenever it comes to relocating to another country, shipping ones household goods and personal effects is part of the process most people dread. Depending on your status and the intent of the move, there will also be things you need to take care of after arriving like registering with the proper services, which we will also address.
Read our guide on how to move to Rome below and start your relocation today. If you already ready to start moving to Rome, fill out our quote form at the top of the page and we’ll be glad to help.
Relocating Household Goods to Rome
Those moving your household goods to Rome from the U.S. will have multiple options for departure ports and there are a few different locations where your shipment could enter. Additionally, most international shipments for households are via containerized services.
When shipping to Rome, containers will generally enter through one of the following ports:
- La Spezia
From the port, your goods will either be transported directly to your residence in Rome or be taken to an unloading warehouse where we can prepare it for local delivery. The exact process may vary depending on which of our relocation services you select.
Which Part of Rome are You Moving to?
Rome is Italy’s most populous city with a population over 2.6 million and is located in the region of Lazio.
We understand that not everyone is moving to the city center and there are lots smaller districts. So other than the historical center and modern city center, these are a few:
- San Lorenzo
Our local delivery team can help move your belongings to anywhere in the metropolitan and surrounding areas/suburbs.
Those moving to Rome can expect the public transportation to be accessible but will find that it’s not always a walk in the park.
There are tourists going in and out of the city year round and combine the added number of people with limited driving space, or space in general, and things can of course get cluttered.
However, for getting around, you can always choose from buses, trams and subways. Most of the two major subway lines, A and B, are probably the best for daily excursions.
From Rome’s main train station, most forms of public transport are fairly accessible in addition to their regional trains and expressways that run to the main international airport.
Chances are that if you are planning an international move to Rome, you’ll fly into Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.
From there the best way to get into Rome is using either the Leonardo Express train, Terravision bus lines, or local bus services that run to the main train station.
Local Authorities to be Familiar With
Which authorities you need to register with or visas you need to apply for with depend directly on your situation. Some of the common visas include research, work, and spouse or family visa. If you don’t have the correct documentation, you will not be able to move to Rome legally.
Some are regulated by the national government others will require additional processes at the local level. Such is the case obtaining a residence permit or residence certificate assuming you have your visa.
For that you will need the immigration office, post office, or local commune in Rome. Each municipality has a dedicated Commune so make sure to register with the correct one. Unfortunately, it’s only in Italian but the Roma Site is where you can find the nearest location. They do offer a google translate feature to help out though.
How to Move to Rome
With all that information, people end up asking how to move to Rome with their goods. Luckily with the help of an international moving specialist, the actual moving portion is quite simple.
Services for Shipping to Rome
When shipping to Rome with Schumacher, we offer many different services for every circumstance. We have completed shipments to anywhere in Rome since 1977 and are one of the only full services to this beautiful city.
Here is a list of a few of the different services and options for shipping to Rome:
- Vehicle Shipping to Rome
- Household Goods Moves to Rome
- 20 and 40 Foot Containers to Rome
- Full Packing and Wrapping
- Documentations and Surveys
- Door to Door
- Port to Port
- Full and Total Loss Insurance
How Much Does Moving to Rome Cost?
The price to move to Rome depends on your specific move. Both the volume and origin of the goods play a large role in the overall cost. For example a move to Rome from California vs a move to Rome from New York will have vastly different prices even with the same amount of goods. Since there is a lot of variation, our representatives create custom quotes for each shipment. Fill out our Online Form or contact Schumacher today at 562-408-6677 to get a competitive rate!
Living in Rome as an American
Living in Rome as an American can be a wonderful experience, but it starting off also comes with its challenges. Expats in Rome have shared many of their experiences with us over the years and gained many tips.
Here are some of those tips to help you navigate life in Rome:
While many Romans speak English, learning Italian will make it easier for you to communicate with locals, and it will also help you to better understand the culture and history of Rome. Especially if you plan to be here a long time, Italian will go a long way to your life in Rome.
Get a residence permit:
If you plan to stay in Rome for more than 90 days, you will need to obtain a residence permit. You can apply for this at the local police station (Questura). There may be other different visas and permits needed to stay long term so consult the local Roman consulate. If you don’t have all your paperwork prepared, living in Rome will not be possible.
Embrace the culture:
Rome has a rich history and culture, and it’s important to embrace it. Visit the city’s museums and historical sites, try the local cuisine, and participate in cultural events and festivals. There are definitely expat groups in Rome to spend time with, but it would be wasteful to not enjoy the local experience.
Be aware of your surroundings:
Rome is a relatively safe city, but it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling alone or at night. Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid areas that are known for crime.
Navigating public transportation:
Rome has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and a metro. Using public transportation can save you time and money, and it’s also a great way to explore the city. You can also bring your American car with you as well so you can take the road with your vehicle.
Rome can be a chaotic and sometimes frustrating city, but it’s important to be patient and take things in stride. Remember that you’re living in a different culture, and things may not always go according to plan.
Top 6 Reasons to Move to Rome
After you have made all your preparations, it is good to know our expats favorite reasons for moving to Rome. While there are hundreds of reasons we’ve heard, here are the top 6 reasons expats share when moving to Rome.
- History and Culture: Rome is a city steeped in history and culture, with iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican. From ancient ruins to Renaissance art and architecture, there is something for everyone to discover and explore.
- Food and Wine: Italian cuisine is known worldwide, and Rome is home to some of the best food and wine in the country. From classic dishes like pasta alla carbonara to regional specialties like supplì, there is something to please every palate.
- Climate: Rome enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with long, warm summers and short, mild winters. The weather is generally pleasant throughout the year, making it easy to enjoy outdoor activities and explore the city.
- Lifestyle: Rome has a relaxed and laid-back lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy leisurely meals, afternoon siestas, and a slower pace of life. The city is also known for its social scene, with lively piazzas, outdoor markets, and bustling cafes and bars.
- Beauty: Rome is a stunningly beautiful city, with historic architecture, beautiful parks, and winding streets that lead to hidden corners and unexpected surprises. The city’s many fountains and monuments add to its charm and make it a joy to explore on foot.
- Location: Rome is centrally located in Italy, making it a great base for exploring the rest of the country. From the beaches of the Amalfi Coast to the rolling hills of Tuscany, there are many nearby destinations that are easy to reach from Rome.
Why Move to Rome with Schumacher?
There’s a lot of steps even after moving to Rome but it all starts with shipping your household goods and personal effects. Since 1977, Schumacher Cargo Logistics has been a premier international moving company. With thousands of shipments each year, we are able to get you the best rates to move to Rome from anywhere in the USA.
When you are ready to get started, use our quote form here or at the top of the page.