Understanding Italy
27th Year
Friday, 29 May 2015
THE INFORMER - the Online Guide to Living in Italy
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Welcome to The Informer. If this is your first encounter with us, you should know that The Informer's mission for the last 27 years has been to help expatriates settle into Italy and enjoy their lives here more by trying to resolve their problems, especially those to do with Italian bureaucracy.

Please note that this does not mean that we are "fixers". We are a constant source of information for foreigners, in English, based on the long-term experience of our editorial staff of life in Italy. This makes The Informer particularly useful for people preparing to transfer to Italy. And even more so once they have arrived here and experienced the surprising amount of difficulties that arise when it comes to dealing with Italian red tape.

Not that our usefulness ends there. There are always new situations that arise (in law, tax, social security, highway code, labour regulations, etc) so that even long-term expats find The Informer an invaluable point of reference.

From 1987 to 1999, The Informer was a printed magazine. In 2000 it went entirely on-line with a view to providing up-to-date information to expats wherever they live even more efficiently. Note that a number of features and services are available to all, whether or not you decide to subscribe:

This site relies heavily on subscriptions for its financing, so your active support is much appreciated. Annual subscriptions cost Euro 55 (timely renewals Euro 50; trial 6-month subscription Euro 30) which gives you:

  • Access to The Informer for 12 months
  • Access to all of our Archives
  • Our Lifeline advisory service, which allows you to pose questions to John Murphy OBE, LLB, CA, founder and editor of The Informer, who will answer to the best of his knowledge based on over 35 years of living in Italy. You will normally receive a confidential answer by e-mail and, if there is no objection, both question and answer will form input to "Dear John - Letters to the Editor" so that all readers can benefit.
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