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About Lake Como

Besides being the most famous of the Italian Lakes, Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has absolutely stunning views of the majestic mountains with their deep valleys running through them. The clear lake water is mesmerizing and varies in colour from light green to dark green/blue. On the rare occasion when the lake is still, it mirrors the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are very picturesque and each one of them feels like it could be home to any number of celebrities. In summer you will find villages inundated with tourists from all around the world. However you will notice that certain areas of the lake attract different nationalities. During the summer months and especially at weekends, many of the lakeside lidos (beach areas) are full to capacity with holiday makers a well as local residents. The Milanese tend to come to the lake for their weekend break as well as to escape the smothering city heat. In the winter months the lake is much quieter although you will still see and hear the odd tourist ambling around. Lake Como is never completely tourist free as even during the winter the lake attracts visitors with its stunning snow-capped mountains and clear crisp winter days with blue skies.

  • Codice Fiscale

    All foreigners who are resident in Italy must apply for their tax identification number codice fisca...

Codice Fiscale

All foreigners who are resident in Italy must apply for their tax identification number codice fiscale (an alphanumeric code of 16 characters which is similar to Social Security Number).  This i.d is mainly used for tax purposes. You are liable to ...

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Business Tax

Tax is an issue if you are planning to set up a business or work on a self-employed basis in Italy. Even the smallest companies will pay this tax though how much depends on which region your business is in. ...

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Income Tax

Paying income tax in Italy is expensive. IRPEF (Imposta sui redetti delle persone fisiche) is a progressive tax and has a low starting threshold; Up to €15000 it’s charged at 23% €15001 to €29000 at 29% €29001 to €32600 the ...

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Italian Tax Overview

It is extremely important that you get your tax and other financial affairs in order before you move to Italy (again with the advice of a commercialista/tax advisor). You may find that going offshore with your bank accounts or mortgages ...

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Inheritance Tax

While property values are periodically taxed via IRPEF (Imposta sui redetti delle persone fisiche), there is now no capital gains tax on property (the former INVIM) and there is no wealth tax. Inheritance and gifting of property (to close family ...

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Paying Tax on your Italian Property

Tax law changes each year in Italy and you must consult a commercialista (tax professional) before making any decisions which may change your status or liability. It is advisable that you also consult an accountant or advisor back home. Taxation is very ...

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Vegetation

The vegetation includes vines and fig, pomegranate, olive, chestnut, and oleander trees. Chestnut and conifer woods and large areas of pastureland cover the mountain slopes. You can also find exotic species such as cypresses and bay trees, citrus trees, palm ...

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Lake Como Temperatures

Temperatures in Lake Como vary considerably compared to Milan due to its alpine location (even though it is only 25 miles north of Milan). August tends to be the hottest month and during this month, many Italians take their summer ...

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Seasons

The holiday season runs from Easter to October. Ideal times to go are May, June and September when it is still warm and sunny but not as crowded (or as hot) as in the midsummer months. The lake often has ...

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Como Winds

The valleys around Lake Como generate a complex wind system. The two dominant winds that sweep across the lake are; il tivano which blows from the “Valtellina Valley” in the north-east in the morning and la breva which blows from ...

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