Getting a visa for a long stay in Italy, and a Permesso di Soggiorno

My brother and his family are living in Sydney… That is a very useful post for travelers!

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

Australians are allowed to stay in Italy ( and other countries that are part of the Schengen agreement) for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa. It is possible to stay in the Schengen countries for 90 days in 180.  Check with your travel agent, or even better The Department of Foreign Affairs, before you travel.

If you plan to stay in Italy for more than 90 days you will need a visa.  There is a Consulate in Brisbane, which is where I went.  Here are some suggestions to perhaps make this excercise not too traumatic.  Please note that this not official advice – just my experience.

1.  Obtain an application form from the Italian Consulate.  The form can be downloaded on the internet at no cost.

2.  You will need originals and photocopies of  –

A.   Return ticket

B.  An address you will be staying…

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Parma: the “Ville en rose”

  • PARMA – Northern of Italy

If you are in northern Italy, one hour from Milan, you will find the city of Parma, the “Ville en rose”, famous for its Prosciutto and Parmesan cheese, known all over the world!

BUT, it is not only the culinary specialties that attract so many visitors! Parma is rich in history, the Duomo, the Churches, the Baptistery, the very famous Teatro Regio which hosts fantastic programs of classical music every season.

Parma "the ville en rose"

Visiting these churches will make you discover beautiful paintings and statues, decorated floors and ancient organs…





Frequent are the references in Parma to his Napoleonic past and to the Imperial Princess and Archduchess of Austria Maria Luigia …


Then, a nice quiet walk, through the streets and alleys of a small town that moves by bike, among well-kept shops and lovely restaurants.


In short, find out about the concerts and plan to stop in Parma at least one night …. it is an elegant but “young city”, full of Italian and foreign university students

Not to be missed!

Parma "the ville en rose"

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Tuscany: Free hot thermal springs!


Are you enjoing a beautiful tour of Tuscany?


In Castiglione d’Orcia ( Tuscany), amazing area, not far from Montepulciano and Motalcino (for lovers of excellent wine) right in a forest, I point out these hot springs of thermal water, whose access is free: the “Bagni di San Filippo”.


Near Mountain Amiata, these waterfalls that alternate hot and cold pools of water, await you. Tanks of white limestone among the trees and you can also make thermal mud!

Look for the entrance to the “Fosso Bianco”, nearby you can also stop in the bar that offers typical products and excellent wines.

On beautiful winter days, with plenty of towels, you can enjoy a truly special day!


See you!

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