Italy, known for its rich cultural history and delicious cuisine, is the dream location for many. Tuscany and Emilia Romagna offer great housing opportunities, but there are also luxury villas for sale in Umbria, a less travelled to region and yet just a few hours drive from both Florence and Rome. Quiet and land-locked, in fact the only Italian region bordered by neither sea nor another country, Umbria is a beautiful spot. This area, and others all across the peninsula, offer fantastic country villas for sale in Italy.
Umbria is famed in Italy for its specialised cuisine, most notably truffles. Many local recipes include this rare and expensive delicacy. There is also a history of chocolate production, especially in Perugia, the regional capital. This town is the perfect blend of country and cosmopolitan living. Perched on a hilltop with escalators to reach the town centre, Perugia is a university town packed with culture and home to the Umbrian jazz festival. The smart shops and busy social calendar mean that living in the area you will not feel lost in the middle of nowhere. Assisi is another historically loaded village. Birthplace of St Francis and St Clare, Assisi has a fascinating Christian past, its Basilica boasting frescoes by Giotto, but also ancient, with the remains of houses decorated with mosaics and frescoes, preserved on an unprecedented scale. The town itself is typical of the area, perched high on a hill surrounded by luscious green trees and fields. Orvieto too is similar, with a papal palace and famed well built for the popes, but with origins tracing back to Etruscan times. The cathedral in Spoleto was frescoed by Filippo Lippi, and it houses an archaeological museum. Away from the town stretch olive groves and vineyards. These are just a few of the many towns and villages dotted around Umbria which give the area the life it needs. There are plenty of unsettled hills and valleys which would provide complete seclusion if desired, but with the reassurance that there are always people, activities and culture just a short journey away. This combination of rural and settled life makes this area a truly unique location. Whether it is complete wilderness or a townhouse you are searching for, there are plenty of luxury villas for sale in Umbria to suit all different tastes.
Tuscany also has an incredible amount to offer. Much better-known than its neighbouring Umbria, largely thanks to its renowned artistic excellence during the Renaissance, Tuscany is beloved for good reason. Most of its coastline is the picture of Italian holidays in the sun, striped parasols lined up on pale sand running into the clear blue Mediterranean Sea, and in Maremma you can find anything from wild beaches to clubs and resorts. It is, however, Tuscany’s countryside that has proved most popular, with its gentle rolling hills and swathes of vineyards and olive groves. The wine-producing Chianti region is probably the most famous, but there are many other equally gorgeous spots along the Arno valley and beyond. Much like Umbria, the area also has numerous towns, Florence, Siena and Pisa for example, spread around so that even in the remotest parts, culture and life is never too far. Tuscany is a fantastic place to look if you are after beautiful country villas for sale in Italy.
For a more dramatic setting, look no further than Lombardy, the capital of which is Italy’s second largest metropole, Milan. Bordering Switzerland to the north, here you will find stunning mountains, but also plains and hills and some of the country’s most famous lakes. Lake Como and Lake Garda and two completely enchanting places with villages dotting around the shore. These settlements, as well as the stretches of untamed land between, offer beautiful houses with the views to match! Due to the high altitude of its mountains, there are also many ski resorts in Lombardy, a bonus for those keen on snow sports.
Emilia Romagna, said by Lonely Planet in 2018 to be the best place to visit in the entirety of Europe, has it all. It is renowned not only for its local food and dishes but also for its cars as it is the birthplace of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. It has a stunning coastline, part of which is known as the ‘Riviera of Fun’ with plenty of opportunity for water sports and activities, but also reaches far enough inland to have hills, similar to those in Tuscany, and mountains, much like in Lombardy. The property market matches the diverse geography of the area with a whole range of styles out there. As well as the more rural parts, Emilia Romagna also has many towns of interest, culturally and historically. Bologna, its university-town capital, is thought of as one of the most pleasant places to live in Italy. You will also find the wonderful towns of Parma, Ravenna, Ferrara and Modena amongst many others, which offer the all-important taste of culture when living in the countryside, no matter how beautiful!
There are a great number of country villas for sale in Italy, all over the country in a range of styles and locations. From the mountain tops of Lombardy to the plains and valleys of the Arno, there is no limit to the real estate opportunities in Italy. Find luxury villas for sale in Umbria, or maybe a seaside getaway on the Riviera of Fun in Emilia Romagna. One of the most charming countries in the world, you are sure to find the place of your dreams in Italy.