What Should I Bring?
In Italy, an unfurnished apartment or villa is just that, unfurnished. Sometimes that could mean no clothes closets, screens or medicine cabinets in the bathrooms. In these cases, you may be able to purchase these items from the previous tenant, but for the most part setting up a house in Italy will cost more than most places.
Use this list to decide what you will put into storage before coming to Italy. Reported cases of housebreaking and theft of personal property (including motor vehicles) are not common. Consideration should be given to storing items of great sentimental value or items of high value that are unnecessary to have during an overseas tour. Keep in mind that there are no safety deposit boxes available on the military installations.
Contact your Personal Property Office to get more information on storage provided by the government during an overseas tour.
The following are some suggestions concerning individual types of household appliances and fixtures. Once again, ask your sponsor if your individual questions are not answered here.
Light fixtures: American lamps are adapted to Italian current simply by replacing American bulbs with Italian ones and by using an Italian adapter. American and Italian lamps are available on the economy and from Navy Exchange.
Medicine Cabinets: Available locally, both new and used at a reasonable cost. You can request your landlord to install them when negotiating your housing contract.
Beds and mattresses: If you have them, bring them. Beds and mattresses are available at the Navy Exchange. Beds and mattresses are also available on the economy but are different sizes than American beds.
Carpets/Rugs: In a move to Italy, rugs often become a major expense. Floors here are hard tile or marble. Bring all the carpets and rugs you own. If you don’t already have rugs, you may want to buy a few inexpensive room-size carpets (9x12 feet, 9x15 feet, etc.). Average-quality rugs and padding in standard sizes are available at the Navy Exchange. Also, Middle Eastern rugs are often sold by vendors at the Navy Exchange retail center. A wide variety of rugs can be found on the Italian economy, too.
Draperies: Drapes from your last home probably will be too short here because of the high windows and ceilings. You can purchase fabric on the economy or it can be mail ordered from the Unites States. You may not require drapes because the “persiane” (black-out blinds that raise and lower much like hurricane shutters) are standard in most Italian dwellings.
Carpentry tools and do-it-yourself equipment: If you have them, bring them. A limited selection is available through the Navy Exchange. Tools purchased on the economy will come in metric sizes. The Auto/Wood Skills Center at the Support Site does have a great selection of tools to use on site.
Desk, dressers and other storage: Anything that can be used to store things will come in handy. In your new home, there will be many areas where you can put small tables, desks, dressers and chests. Most homes do not have closets.
Air conditioners: It is recommended that you do not bring an air conditioner.
Dehumidifiers: Naples can be very damp, particularly during the winter months. A humidifier will help make your home easier to keep warm and avoid mildew problems. They are usually available in the Navy Exchange and on the economy.
Microwaves: Keep in mind that microwaves are provided as part of the Partial Full Tour Furnishing Program from the Housing Warehouse. Microwave ovens sold in the United States are generally 60 cycles and cannot be converted. Unless specifically designated 50/60 Hz, they cannot be used without damage to the magnetron tube. Units sold in the Navy Exchange are 50/60 Hz and are ready to use with a transformer. When you are returning to the United States, they may be adjusted to 60 Hz for stateside use.
Small Electrical Appliances: Generally speaking (except for hair dryers, toasters and electrical clocks) small electrical appliances adapt to use on transformers. Items with 220 volts are available on the economy.
Electrical clocks: Plug-in clocks are not practical because they will not keep accurate time due to the 50 cycle current (the hands travel five-sixths of an hour every 60 minutes). Also, many areas experience brief power outages that will throw the time off. Wind-up or battery powered clocks are your best bet.
Television: A multi-system TV can receive Italian signals. To receive all of AFN’s channels you will have to get a decoder. One decoder is provided by the Housing Office as part of the Partial Full Tour Furnishing Program. Additional decoders can be purchased from the Navy Exchange. The sound system of the Italian television broadcast is on a different frequency than the United States. With a minor adjustment of the receiver, you may be able to pick up the Italian sound, but the picture will appear in black and white. The Navy Exchange has a complete stock of antennas, amplifiers and multi-system TVs available. If you plan to use your TV only for DVD or VHS formats than conversion is not required.
Radio: A portable radio is invaluable. Electric models work well, but if you experience electrical outages, the portable should be there as a back-up. Radios with AM/FM bands are best. The clock portion of clock radios will not work because of the difference in current.
Lawn mowers: Several years ago, it was unheard of for Americans to bring lawn mowers to Naples because everybody lived in apartments overlooking the Bay of Naples. However, the exodus to the suburbs, more families live in villas with lawns. New lawn mowers are available at the Navy Exchange on a limited basis. Some common replacement parts are available, but due to the variety of models manufactured, it is recommended that if you ship your mower, you also ship extra blades, plugs and “tune-up” kits.
Lawn furniture: Even with an apartment, you may have balconies or rooftop access and will be able to use lawn furniture. The Navy Exchange carries an assortment of lawn furniture, and wicker furniture is available locally on the Italian market. If you want to buy some high quality lawn items, Italy is famous for exporting a wide variety.
Bicycles: Because of the traffic, it is unsafe for young children to ride in city streets. However, most suburban areas have relatively quiet streets where bicycles can be safely ridden. You can also enjoy bike riding at the Support Site, Carney Park and Caserta’s Royal Palace. Bicycles are available for rent at the Navy Outdoor Recreation (NOR) Center at Carney Park.
Civilian clothing: All members of your family should plan to dress as they would at any military installation located where there are four seasons. Winter in Naples can be cold and damp, so be prepared and bring along extra warm clothing. Due to high fuel costs and the necessity for good ventilation, temperatures in most dwellings are kept lower than many families are used to. Sweaters and other warm clothing items are essentials for inside wear in winter.
Europeans tend to dress more formally than Americans. Our host country nationals expect us to dress like Americans, but extremely informal clothing reflects poor taste on our part. If in doubt as to what to wear, the safest rule is to “overdress,” and you will fit right into any situation.
Personal Property Shipment
Upon receipt of orders to the Naples area, including Rome, it is recommended that you immediately contact the nearest Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO) or visit the DoD Household Goods portal at www.move.mil to arrange for shipment of your personal property.
The PPSO or the DoD Household Goods Portal will be able to provide specific information about entitlements, mode of shipment, transit times, etc.
Once you arrive in Naples take all copies of documentation covering your shipments, including your automobile, to the PPSO to get started. The Personal Property staff will provide information regarding the delivery and claims of your household goods.
Household goods: Depending on the origin, it usually takes 65 to 85 days for household goods to arrive in Naples from the continental United States and 100 to 160 days to arrive from elsewhere. Naples is not a weight-restricted area, so you may ship you full weight allowance. But remember: unaccompanied baggage, storage lots and shipments to a designated place are all included in this weight allowance. Unaccompanied personnel E-3 and below need to contact their sponsor prior to shipment of household goods. Contact their sponsor prior to shipment of household goods. Contact with your sponsor is important in order to determine which household good is important in order to determine which household good items are necessary in Naples and which will be better to store or ship to a designated place. Through the Loaner Furniture program in Naples, you’ll be able to get furniture and some appliances to use until your household goods shipment arrives.
Unaccompanied baggage or express shipment: Depending on the origin, it usually takes 45 to 60 days for express shipments to arrive in Naples from the continental United States and 75 to 100 days to arrive from elsewhere.
Your unaccompanied baggage should include necessary clothing, uniforms, linens and blankets, dishes, pots, pans, essential kitchen utensils, an iron, an ironing board, small collapsible cribs, play pens, strollers, small televisions, stereo sets, and professional books, papers and equipment. No furniture items may be included in unaccompanied baggage shipments.
Temporary storage: In connection with your shipment of household goods and unaccompanied baggage, should it be necessary to delay the delivery of your personal property shipments upon arrival in Naples, you will be authorized an initial 90 days of storage at government expense. If it becomes necessary to exceed the 90 days, you must contact the PPSO and request additional storage in writing. Another 90 days may be granted if all requirements are met. These additional 90 days of storage applies only to military. Civilians must have command approval for additional 90 days and amendments to their orders authorizing the additional 90 days must be issued.
Non-temporary storage (NTS): Orders to any overseas duty station may entitle you to non-temporary storage at government expense for the duration of the overseas tour. NTS is only authorized for military assigned to government quarters when property is excess to their quarters. NTS is not authorized for military living in economy quarters or civilians in economy or government quarters.
Privately owned firearms: Shipping of any kind of weapon is absolutely prohibited. The Italian government has imposed a ban on shipment of privately owned firearms to Italy. Privately owned firearms include any weapons that are designed for or can be readily converted to be used for attack, defense, sports, games or hunting by driving a projectile through the barrel. This includes air pistols, air rifles and firing replicas of antique firearms. Additionally, the ban includes other weapons, such as spring-opening knives, fixed bowie knives, straight-edge razors, brass knuckles, blackjack devices, cans with sharpened points, pipes, chains, slings and any other similar weapon which may be used for assaulting a person. Italian law states that pocket knives may be carried, but the blade must not exceed two inches in length. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the return of the firearm to the United States at member’s expense, possible confiscation by Italian authorities and payment of fines to the Italian government.
Claims: All household goods and unaccompanied baggage shipments fall under the Full Replacement Value (FRV) Protection. For personal property lost, damaged or destroyed while in the care of the transportation service provider (TSP), the member can recover whichever is greater: $5,000 per shipment or $4 times the weight of the shipment in pounds, up to maximum of $50,000.
An important difference between depreciated value coverage and FRV is that with FRV, the member files his or her claim with the TSP rather than with the Military Claims Office (MCO). As before, the member records loss or damage on DD Form 1840/DD 1850 (for damage or loss discovered at delivery) or the DD Form 1840R/1850R (for damage or loss discovered after delivery). If you are filing a claim, the DD 1840 or DD 1850 must be turned into the PPSO within 70 days of delivery of the shipment. PPSO will stamp and return the form. You have 75 days from the date of delivery to notify the carrier or TSP using the DD 1840 or DD 1850, and nine months to complete the claim with the carrier under the Full Replacement Value System.
You must use the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) to file all claims. For details visit www.move.mil
Shipping your privately owned vehicle (POV): Military and DoD civilians are entitled to ship one POV overseas at government expense (see section on automobiles for more information). The vehicle you ship enters Italy free of import duty. When turning in your POV for shipment, it is extremely important to ensure the vehicle identification number shown on documents matches the physical description shown on the POV. An error may constitute delay in receiving the vehicle or prevent registration. Additionally, there are no restrictions as to color, age, dimensions or special lighting of POVs imported. Vehicles shipped must be in mechanically safe operating condition and must undergo a detailed safety inspection before registration. Estimated transit times are 45to 60 days from East Coast ports, 55 to 90 days from the Gulf and 75 to 90 days from West Coast ports.
Importation of motorcycles: All mopeds, motorcycles, motorbikes and motor scooters shipped with your household goods (HHG) enter Italy free and must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Registration Office prior to delivery.
Members must ensure that the transportation service provider (TSP0 adheres to the following procedures during their pack out:
· All mopeds/motorcycles shipped with HHG must be packed in a separate container.
· Crate must be properly marked on the outside of the crate that this shipment contains a motorcycle/moped.
· Inventory must include type, year and make of motorcycle/moped and serial/chassis number.
Member must mail orders, Government Bill of Lading (GBL), stateside title, registration (in service member’s name) and inventory to the Naples Personal Property Shipping Office, Attn: Motorcycle Clearance, PSC 808 Box 42, FPO, AE 09618-0042.
Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the return of the motorcycle or moped to the United States at member’s expense, confiscation by the Italian Customs Authority and payment of fines, duties or taxes as determined by the Italian government.
Note: Importation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), three wheelers and off-road motorcycles is highly discouraged.