For our family, one of the most important things we wanted to iron out before making the decision to move to Italy was how we would handle the girls going to school. In my research, I found it was very expensive to send them to a private international school in Rome. For two girls, it could be as high as $80,000 a year and as low as $33,000 a year. That was definitely too much for us, especially since our move to Italy was fueled by the need to decrease our expenses while maintaining our standard of living. One thing I did find out in my research is that Italians usually go to school for a half day, 6 days a week. And there it was! Bingo!