Work and travel in Italy: International Experience Canada

What Italy offers

Italy is a nation rich in history and culture with more than 4,500 museums located throughout the country. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Italy tops the World Heritage list with a record 53 sites. You can visit Florence, home of many great artists including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli or visit the Galleria degli Uffizi and Gallerie dell’Accademia, two great art museums in Florence. Take a culinary journey and participate in wine tours and cooking classes throughout Italy as each city and village has their own unique traditions in wine and food. Aside from its history and culture, Italy has magnificent beaches, like La Pelosa, mountains and volcanoes, natural parks and a beautiful seaside.

Italy’s leading exports sectors include machinery, food, pharmaceuticals, textiles and leather. Italy is also a world leader in energy efficiency and emissions and is a European leader in industrial recycling with 47 million tons of non-hazardous waste recycled. More than 385,000 Italian companies operate in the “green economy” which is worth 190.5 billion euros, or 13% of the national GDP.

Research and development in new technologies is growing in Italy. There is greater emphasis on developing skills and increasing investments in innovation through tax incentives and the creation of innovation hubs. Research and innovation are widely integrated into many science fields including neurosciences, robotics and high-tech archaeology.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

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Need more help planning? Contact a recognized organization.

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