What to Bring
Once you find out you will be moving to Naples, start preparing for your move as soon as possible. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to have a smooth move, and setting up a house in Italy requires a little more effort than it does in the U.S.
Italian apartments and villas are different from those in the U.S. Many are larger, usually do not have any closets, and normally have tiled flooring throughout. Window screens and air conditioners may not be provided.
A variety of housing programs exist to help mitigate these differences, and we've included some useful information below on what to bring. Additionally, the Naples NEX sells a large variety of household items, and each week, departing personnel advertise household items for sale. Coordinate with your sponsor for any special needs or questions you have.
90-Day Loaner Furniture
The 90-Day Loaner Furnishings Program allows eligible personnel to receive living room, dining room, and bed room furniture for a period of 90 days, or until your household goods shipment arrives. Please see the: 90-day Loaner Furnishings page for more information.
The Partial/Full Tour Furniture
The Partial/Full Tour Furnishings (PFTF) Program allows eligible personnel to receive appliances and other furniture for the entire length of the tour. Please see the: PFTF - Partial Full Tour Furnishings page for more information.
Advance (Express) Shipment
Expect your advance (express) shipment to arrive within 30 days of shipment. We strongly recommend you send your advance shipment as soon as you have your orders to ensure all of your necessary items arrive when you do.
We recommend you pack the basic essentials in your advance (express) shipment — small appliances (coffee pot, blender, toaster, etc.), pots, pans, utensils, sheets, blankets, pillows, and any other home wares you cannot do without. On-base housing is wired for: U.S. 110v/60Hz (and Italian 220v/50Hz), and the Housing warehouse provides 2 transformers to economy residents. Your U.S. appliances will work in Italy utilizing these options.
Household Goods (HHG) Shipment
Large U.S.-made appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, etc., are not compatible with Italian electricity available in your housing unit and should not be sent. Such appliances may be available through the PFTF program.
Small appliances such as coffee pots, blenders, frying pans, etc., may be sent as they will work with the transformers provided by the Housing Warehouse.
We recommend you include the following in your HHG shipment:
Area Rugs: The availability and selection of rugs you will be able to purchase from the NEX may be limited. It is advisable to ship your own rugs from the U.S.
Clocks do not keep accurate time on the Italian electric system. We recommend you bring battery or wind clocks with you.
Lamps will work; however, you must have an outlet conversion (readily available) and Italian light bulbs (also readily available).
Storage Cabinets: Most Italian homes have very limited storage and kitchen cupboard space. Consider bringing extra storage cabinets for bathroom and kitchen areas.
Drapes: Your current drapes may not properly fit the windows in your home. Drapes are available at local stores and markets.
To learn more about the PCS process, visit: Housing Information