So far in our series of long-term rental tips for students and graduates staying in Italy, we’ve covered a number of issues including what to look out for in the contract, to the type of situation you should expect with a furnished and unfurnished apartment, as well as factors relating to the internal environment. In today’s article, we’ll be focusing on the factors you should look out for in the external environment surrounding your apartment. Read on and take notes!
- Garbage trucks: Are there any trash bins on the street where your apartment is situated? If so, then you might want to avoid it, especially if you’re a light sleeper, because the super loud garbage trucks typically collect around 5am in the morning until 7am to evade traffic, causing a barrage of noise pollution that can seriously disturb your sleep. If you can’t pass up the apartment up even if it’s situated close to trash bins, then at least make sure that it has double-pane windows to minimise the noise, and prepare yourself to feel the vibration caused by the trucks as they come by during the mornings because it will come through regardless of how thick your windows are.
- Churches: As you may know, there are a lot of Catholic churches in Italy, and they usually ring their bells with every hour and half-hour that passes, a sound which might be annoying for sensitive ears. So if that’s going to be an issue, then you should check out the location around the apartment to ensure that there are no nearby churches.
Should you opt for street parking to cut costs, then you should keep in mind that you’ll have to keep your car off that particular street on days when the streets are being swept. Cars found on the street during sweeping days are heavily fined, and street parking is also unsafe due to the high incidence of street break-ins. So weigh your options up based on your own unique situation and take the best decision for you.
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