The land of Caesar, Dante, Michelangelo and the dolce vita, Italy is a land of beauty and has an incredibly rich cultural history. Beloved by so many, the Bel Paese is a great place to live. There are plenty of luxury Italian properties for sale all over the country. From the hills of Tuscany and mountains of Lombardy to the coast of Campania and the big towns and cities, there are villas for sale in Italy to suit all styles and tastes, whether you are looking for something rustic, elegant or modern.
The Italian countryside is gorgeous and diverse. In Tuscany, birthplace of the Renaissance movement, the gentle rolling hills and stretches of vineyards attract people year-round. One of the most popular destinations is Chianti, the famous wine producing region, but the entire Arno valley is stunning, as is the Val d’Orcia. Aside from Florence, Tuscany’s other towns offer great opportunities for the Italian lifestyle. These include Pisa, Lucca and Siena, all of which have remarkable cultural heritages and thriving modern life. Neighbouring Umbria is less frequented than Tuscany, but equally beautiful. The towns here have an important Christian past but generally date back to ancient times. The whole region is known for truffles and Perugia, the capital, boasts a delicious chocolate industry too. The university town also hosts a fun jazz festival. Assisi, home of St Francis and St Clare, has a church decorated by Giotto and very well-preserved ancient frescoes and mosaics. Spoleto has an archaeological museum and Orvieto was once home to the popes. Towns in this area tend to be perched on hilltops with luscious fields, vineyards and olive groves extending down the hillsides and into the plains and valleys. The northern border of Italy tends to be mountainous and generally more dramatic. They offer a different geography to the aforementioned areas, but fantastic all the same. In all these settings, whether more rural or in a town or village, there are fantastic villas for sale in Italy, all over the country.
Italy’s coastline is renowned for its splendour, from the Cinque Terre to the Amalfi Coast to the Riviera of Fun. Manorola, famed for its terraced vineyards is one of the five pastel coloured fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Nearby Portofino was a hotspot for Hollywood stars, notably Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. Further down, on the Amalfi Coast, Positano has been called the most beautiful place in the world and Ravello’s high altitude offers spectacular views over the sea and coast. These two places are the epitome of Italian glamour and here you will find fine luxury Italian properties for sale. The rest of the coast is also splendid, ranging from completely wild beaches to fun clubs and resorts. Tuscany, on top of its lovely countryside, also has fabulous seaside houses, and the beaches are the postcard image of Italian holidays – bright sun reflecting off clear blue waters with parasols dotted across the white sand. At Maremma, you can also find complete wilderness, despite the popularity of the region. Calabria and Puglia, the toe and heel of Italy, have an extensive shoreline with views over islands and crystal-clear waters. Marche is tranquil and authentic and is much quieter than some of the other regions. Abruzzo has an incredibly varied coastline, from narrow pebbled strips to wide sandy beaches, and is perfect for those who love nature and adventures – Ortona has hidden coves and many bays and cliffs just waiting to be explored. Of course, Italy’s islands are fabulous, from the up-and-coming Sicily to Sardinia, the playground of the rich and famous.
As well as good country living, Italy’s cities are fantastic places to live if you are on the search for that luxurious lifestyle. Rome, the capital of the country, has everything anyone could ever need. A thriving cultural and social centre for over two and a half thousand years, the Eternal City has so much to offer. There are many beautiful properties for sale, from Renaissance palazzi, filled with original art and features, to cutting-edge modern designs. Milan, the second largest city in the country and Europe’s fashion capital, is ideal for those looking for more contemporary cosmopolitan living, but the town is still full of history and culture. Florence is a much smaller settlement but is unique in its astonishing artistic heritage and is an extremely pleasant place to live. Naples, a true town of the South, is a perfect blend of port town and cultural centre, with beautiful buildings available, already renovated or still waiting to be refurbished. Palermo too has an interesting past and gorgeous real estate and is close to many sites of interest all across Sicily.
Luxury Italian properties for sale abound, and nation-wide there are so many opportunities for everyone. With such an incredibly diverse geography and so many atmospheres in the different regions of the country, there is something to suit all tastes and ideals. If the quiet country life is what you are looking for, there are plenty of villas for sale in Italy in remote and splendid settings. The coast has everything you could dream of, from complete wilderness to fun and happening clubs and resorts, all with beautiful views and climates. The cities are of course legendary. Rome, Milan and the other large towns offer great cosmopolitan living infused with the Italian good life, while the slightly smaller settlements, like Florence, are perfect for those looking to mix a little bit of urban living with an otherwise quieter lifestyle. All in all, Italy is a fantastic place to live, and most everyone can find something they will love.