You will be spoilt for choice when considering the property options in Italy. Very few countries can offer affordable and beautiful properties in unique locations. Whether it is a rustic house in a rural village in Tuscany or an apartment close to the beach in Sardinia, you are sure to find your dream home here in Italy. Holiday home, winter getaway, rental property or something in between, you will find a vast selection of property options to consider. Here are our top choices to buy a holiday home in Italy.
This area is a hotspot where prices are moving up, particularly in popular areas Maggiore, Como and Garda. The region is also one of Italy’s more popular holiday destinations. Incredible views and access to a wide array of outdoor activities – hiking, water sports, cycling, golf and ski resorts can be easily accessed.
Easy international access by air, properties here have a year-round appeal for holiday home buyers. There is an incredible selection of apartments, villas and houses, from stone houses with impressive vistas to luxury lakeside homes, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
On Lake Como’s western (sunnier) side, prices are higher. Maggiore is similarly priced. However, other less well-known lake areas Iseo and Trasimeno, are gaining traction with international buyers.
Many people dream about a rustic house in a village set amongst the hills, olive groves and vineyards. These areas hold the imagination – Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche and Abruzzo.
Stunning landscapes, relaxed life, mild climate and beautiful cities like Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena, it is no wonder Tuscany is so popular with foreigners. Tuscany is well placed for easy access to the north of Italy, Rome and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and closer in Elba and Giglio. The central “Chiantishire” area between Florence, Siena and Arezzo started becoming popular with UK buyers in the 1950s, with the region gaining interest with other countries, notably the USA. The vineyards and renovated farmhouses attract many international buyers.
Tuscany borders this little medieval in character region of Italy to the west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. Though less popular than its close neighbours, Umbria has beautiful landscapes. The region’s capital, Perugia and its smaller towns have a rich and vibrant culture. You’ll find great properties prices in Umbria starting at 25,000 Euros for renovation projects with outstanding views.
Overshadowed by Tuscany and Umbria, the small rural region of Le Marche is a hidden gem. 17 Blue Flag beaches, fantastic seafood and fine wines, the region is worth a look. The region is well placed for easy access to Venice and Rome by air from Ancona and Pescara airports.
Overlooked by international buyers, property prices in Le Marche are lower too. Inland you can find plenty of properties for €200,000. In the resorts of San Ginesio, Gualdo and Sarnano, popular with UK buyers, a farmhouse with views of the Sibillini mountains on one side and the Adriatic coast on the other cost around €400,000.
One of Italy’s most unspoilt regions, a third of the region is a designated national park, and two-thirds are mountainous. The historic towns and their ancient traditions have been preserved. Abruzzo has excellent transport links to access other parts of Italy. The main airport is Pescara, although Rome is just one hour away by car. The region has lakes, mountains with ski resorts, and 13 Blue Flag beaches – sandy bays and private coves on the Adriatic coastline.
Abruzzo is popular with international buyers, notably Brits, due to properties being significantly cheaper than Tuscany and has not been ruined by tourism. A two-bedroom townhouse to refurbish are available for as low as €20,000 but even renovated ones are less than €100,000.
You will quickly fall in love with gorgeous Sicily with its welcoming people, its much slower and relaxed lifestyle. If you are looking for peace, quiet and beautiful landscapes, you will not be disappointed by Sicily. The island has long been a popular holiday home destination with Northern Italians. More recently, it has come to the attention of foreign buyers due to Sicily’s low property prices. Even Luxury high-end properties in Sicily are cheap compared to mainland Italy and many popular destinations in the Mediterranean.
There is much to discover in this unspoilt region of Italy, with its rugged landscape and olive groves. Though improving, International flight programmes into the Bari and Brindisi airports are not as extensive as in other regions of Italy. Yet areas such as Puglia are becoming a regular hotspot for celebrities. And there are great opportunities for those willing to undertake renovation work on the property.