Sardinia Expat Series: How To Become A Sardinian Expat?

I have been captivated by Sardinia for the last 7 years, I have volunteered on farms on the island, made countless road trips down each coastline, and even experienced living in a small town, harvesting olives, and working in a local vineyard.

When I am in Sardinia If feel like I belong there. However, life as it does, took me away from Sardinia. I returned to England, during the pandemic with my Sardinian street dog Penny, that I adopted.

I decided to pursue biodynamic agriculture, and therapeutic education, in England. During the last three years, I have only been able to go out to Sardinia during the October half-term for a week at a time. Every time it reaffirms my passion for Sardinia.

My Total Sardinia email inbox gets inundated by people all over the world, considering Sardinia as a potential place to move to. I wonder, if I love Sardinia so much why am I not living there?

If I wanted to live there, how could I make it work? How could I earn money in Sardinia? Or navigate Italian bureaucracy? Or the post-brexit relationship? A relationship that could limit my stay for 90 days in every 180 days. Would any Sardinian business hire me, and help me acquire a visa? Could I work in agriculture? Could I work with tourists?

There are many popular articles in the press that say the Italian government will give you 15,000 euros to invest into a Sardinian property, but how does this actually work? Also, is Sardinia open to digital nomads working remotely from Sardinia?

I will be finding the answers to all these questions, through conversations with those that have lived them.

Let’s ask the Sardinian expats

Over the next few months, I will be interviewing Sardinian expats to uncover the realities behind moving to Sardinia. Some expats have made Sardinia there home, while others have returned to their native home after years of battling the bureaucracy. There interviews will be available on my YouTube channel, and then I will write a collection of articles getting to the true about being an expat in Sardinia.

From these interviews, I will better my own understanding of what it means to become a Sardinian expat, and whether I myself could make a go of my Sardinian dream.

If I decide to make a go of this journey, I will document every step of it, so you can learn from my mistakes, and follow my successes to make Sardinia your home.

Please write to me at if you are a Sardinian expat, or want to stay up-to date with this journey.

Jason Matthew Warland

Sardinia is a place beyond time. I visited the island for the first time over five years ago to volunteer on a farm. Now, I am living in the United Kingdom, working in regenerative agriculture, and education. Eevery time I have a holiday it will be in Sardinia. And maybe one day I will be able to combine my passions for agriculture and Sardinia together once again. Thanks for reading the article I hope it was useful to you.

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