Home of the ‘dolce vita’ and delicious food and wine, Italy is a dream destination for many. There are many luxury Italian villas for sale all around the country in a dazzling array of styles and settings, from rural country retreats to property for sale in Italy with sea views. With such diverse landscapes and atmospheres, Italy has something to suit all tastes, whether you are looking for a home in a hilltop village, a vineyard villa or a beachfront house, and offers a luxurious lifestyle to all.
The stretch of coastline that most evokes the glamourous style of Italian living is most probably the Amalfi Coast, some 40km of gorgeous littoral that has long attracted the rich and famous, including figures such as Gore Vidal, Humphrey Bogart and the ever-elegant Jacqueline Kennedy. Positano, one of the thirteen towns that make up the Amalfi Coast, is often considered as the most beautiful place on earth, and this is no exaggeration. Many who go never want to leave, and those on the lookout for property for sale in Italy with sea views will not have to. Ravello, not far away, is home to two beautiful gardens which offer gorgeous panoramic views of the Mediterranean and coastline and a summer music festival. Its high altitude makes it an idyllic setting and its beauty inspired great writers such as Virginia Woolf and Truman Capote. The other villages in this area are of course equally charming, which makes this such a special and celebrated spot.
Another similar area just further to the north is the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre. These too were locations chosen by the stars of the 20th century in which to holiday, for example Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor and even the Italian beauty Sophia Loren. At Manorola, the second smallest town in the grouping, terraced vineyards spill down the steep cliffs all the way to the sea. Nearby Portofino is one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Italy. This part of Liguria is ideal for those looking for a typically Mediterranean style of glitz, in pastel coloured villages dotted along a rugged coast.
Tuscany, one of the most popular destinations in Italy and more often thought of for its cultural towns and rolling hills, offers many coastal opportunities with long beaches backed by the Apennines. One such example is Porto Ercole, a lovely port town with white sandy beaches and light blue water stretching away from it on either side. There is also Maremma, where you will find everything, ranging from beach resorts to complete wilderness. The Etruscan Coast offers fantastic opportunities for those looking for an area steeped in history, as does the coast of Lazio just to the south of Tuscany. Lazio, the regional capital of which is of course Rome, too is full of history and mythological locations, Circe’s supposed home for example, at San Felice Circeo, and a grotto filled with statues at Sperlonga. These regions provide gorgeous coastal living opportunities and also have the advantage of being close to two great Italian cultural centres, Rome and Florence.
Across the peninsula, on the Adriatic Sea, Puglia is a much less frequented part of the country, especially by tourists. The beaches here are picture-perfect and the tranquil nature of the region makes it ideal for those on the hunt for a laid-back life, spent basking in the sun. Santa Cesarea Terme, a favourite amongst Italians, is renowned for its beautiful hot springs and ancient spa complex. Pescoluse is referred to as ‘the Maldives of Salento’, and the sea off Porto Cesareo is filled with little islands giving it a gorgeous view. Marche is another overlooked part of Italy, despite is authenticity and fine food and wine. Numana is renowned for its rugged beauty and the splendid views it has of the Adriatic. Mezzavalle is a paradisiacal location with a thin strip of pale sand running along the bottom of the cliffs and into the translucent turquoise waters. This part of the country will suit those looking for luxury Italian villas for sale in a peaceful, relaxing spot.
Lastly, Italy’s sensational islands cannot be forgotten. The largest of the lot, Sicily, is an up and coming destination full of dream housing opportunities in both towns and the countryside. Aside from its more recognised settlements like Palermo, Syracuse and Taormina, all attractive and culturally rich towns, the island has many lesser-known gems, such as Acireale, celebrated for its fun carnival and the long ladders down to the beach, giving the impression of a never-ending swimming pool. In Lampedusa, a small, remote island off Sicily, you can swim with dolphins and an incredible array of bright fish in complete seclusion. The Aeolian and Aegadian Islands also provide a more private setting. Sardinia, Italy and the Mediterranean’s second largest Island, has long been popular amongst the jet-set, offering refinement, nature and culture. Cagliari is the postcard image of Italian style with its large parasol-lined beaches and typical architecture, and even flamingos populating the shallow water. Stintino is quite the destination for Romans, and nearby Sassari provides all the necessary culture. Alghero, home to the mystical Neptune’s Grotto, is a good place to look if you are searching for the best of Italy and Spain, having been colonised by Catalan peoples centuries ago.
Luxury Italian villas for sale abound and there is such a range of styles and settings that most everyone can find what they are looking for. The perfect place to move when in search for relaxation, sun and glamour, there is property for sale in Italy with sea views all around, from the well-known Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast to the less frequented Marche and Puglia, and the fantastic islands, Sicily and Sardinia.