Italian House Hunters works throughout Italy but has a special focus on finding property in Italy in five particular areas: Tuscany, Umbria, The Marche, Liguria and Piedmont. Here’s a quick overview of each region and what kind of property you can find there.
Located in mid-west Italy, Tuscany has a coastline of 300 kilometers and a population of four million. Its main cities are Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Grosseto. It’s known for its outstanding repository of art, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. It’s no surprise that the region includes no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
But you don’t need to be an art connoisseur to enjoy Tuscany. It’s a region of beautiful nature, hills for hiking, plains for cycling, mountains for skiing, and seaside towns for all sorts of marine activities. And of course gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Traveling to Tuscany is easy at any time of the year, with airports at Pisa or just outside the province in Bologna and Perugia.
If you’re looking to buy a property in Italy, you can choose from a huge variety of high-class villas in Tuscany, maybe even complete with a medieval fresco! Or perhaps your dream is a picturesque rural cottage with views over olive groves. If you’re willing to renovate you can pick up a real bargain outside the main touristic areas. If the coast attracts you, try looking in the Maremma region in the south.
Just south of Tuscany is Umbria, with its hills, mountains and plains on either side of the River Tiber. It’s the only region in Italy with no coastline. But it makes up for it with Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest – and arguably most romantic – lake, and the Cascate delle Marmore waterfalls near Terni, some of the most beautiful in Europe.
Ancient Roman towns, beautiful architecture, the remains of Etruscan settlements, the medieval town of Assisi … the list goes on. And we haven’t even mentioned Perugia, Umbria’s main city that teems with cultural and architectural masterpieces, and has one of the most extensive museum collections in Italy.
Real estate in this “green heart of Italy” is as varied as the scenery. What’s your dream property in Italy? A traditional Umbrian farmhouse in a fabulous hill-top position? A luxury villa with an all-year-round swimming pool? An apartment in a medieval castle? You can rely on Italian House Hunters to help you find your property of choice in this beautiful region.
To the north-east of Umbria is The Marche. With its Adriatic coastline of over 100 kilometers, and hillside towns to rival those of Tuscany and Umbria, Le Marche is simply gorgeous. And when it comes to finding property to purchase, Le Marche is surprisingly affordable.
Its coastal towns are popular throughout the year. The exciting, bustling summer playground of Rimini. Pesaro with its annual Rossini Festival. The Levante beach with its safe bathing for families. But take some time to explore the backroads of its sparsely populated interior. The university town of Macerata. The hill town of Filottrano. The grandiose architecture of Urbino.
Property prices in Le Marche are lower than those in other regions in northern-central Italy. Le Marche thus offers an excellent destination for investment in property. For example, you could pick up an affordable farmhouse with plenty of land and its own olive grove or vineyard. And don’t forget that at Italian House Hunters we personally select every property in Italy on our books and will help you through every stage of the purchasing process.
This crescent-shaped region in north-west Italy is probably most famous for its Mediterranean coastline, the Italian Riviera. Highlights include the five colorful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, the stylish resort of Portofino and the multi-faceted city of Genoa with its delightful carruggi, the narrow alleys of the old town.
You’ll never get bored on the 300 kilometers of the Italian Riviera. It has the highest concentration of aquatic mammals in the Mediterranean, making it ideal for a whale-watching excursion. Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities and a great way to discover the underwater treasures. For those of a more leisurely nature, try snorkeling, or “seawatching” as the Italians call it. Or head inland and enjoy trekking in the mountains amidst stunning landscapes.
Coastal properties are higher in price than inland. However, the popularity of the Italian Riviera means that if you are considering renting out your home, you’ll never be short of a booking. For more affordable coastal properties the area of coast between Imperia and Genoa is worth exploring.
Inland you can find charming farmhouses, luxury villas and renovated apartments. For under 100,000 euros – and sometimes as little as 60,000 euros – you may be able to find your ideal rural property in Italy to renovate and enjoy. Let us know at Italian House Hunters what you’re looking for and we’ll keep a close eye on the market for you.
At Italian House Hunters we have a special affinity with Piedmont. Maybe it’s because we are from flat Flanders that we are attracted to this mountainous region. Piedmont borders Switzerland and France, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, and boasts the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. Not surprisingly, ski resorts abound, such as Via Lattea and Sestriere.
Yet nature is only one of the many attractions in Piedmont. It has bustling cities like Turin, Cherasco, Alba and Ivrea. Medieval castles like the imposing fortress at Ivrea. Famous spa resorts such as Acqui Terme and Vinadio. And prized works of architecture including the famous Residences of the Royal House of Savoy.
When it comes to buying a property in Italy, uniqueness is virtually guaranteed in Piedmont. Where else could you find an affordable villa with its own vineyard, and with breathtaking views over the Alps? Or a country cottage needing renovation that’s sited in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage area? Or an apartment that overlooks a 13th century castle?
If Piedmont sounds like your ideal location for a property in Italy with a difference, contact Italian House Hunters now.
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