Cheaper Italian holiday homes

Cheaper Italian holiday homes

House sales have increased by 20% in Italian tourist resorts, as more people recognise the potential of investing in property in one of Italy’s wonderful holiday locations, at a time when prices have dropped by 2.5%. Increased sales are particularly apparent in...

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Keep yourself (and your house) cool in a heatwave

With temperatures over 40°C (104°F) in much of Italy last week, I have tried everything to keep the house and ourselves cool! Here are my ten best tips. One of the joys of living in Italy is the long hot summers, we can plan to go out and be sure it isn’t going to...

Creating an inspiring Italian Garden

If you’ve watched Monti Don’s Italian gardens on TV, or seen photos of an Italian palace, farmhouse and lakeside gardens, you might be looking forward to having an Italian garden of your own. Visiting gardens in the area you plan to live can be a great design...

Italian train get-away

As the fourth heatwave hits Italy, with temperature reaching 40 degrees in some areas, more Italians are taking the train to find fresher air by the sea and in the mountains. Italian train company Trenitalia has reported a 6% increase in train reservations compared to...

My experience of Italian healthcare

Following a ride in an ambulance to the Emergency department this month, I can share first-hand what’s it’s like to use the Italian healthcare system. Since writing my previous article about “How to get healthcare in Italy”, which you can read here I have had to use...

Guide to buying property in Liguria, Italy

You don’t have to be a celebrity to walk the red carpet or to afford a property in the picture-perfect Liguria region. Approaching Liguria from the sea the villages look like beautiful film sets. It’s easy to see why it is one of the most popular holiday destinations...

Italy awarded two more UNESCO sites

Italy now has 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the world. For anyone planning a home there, such a grand history of building, architecture and culture should be a real inspiration. Italy is recognised across the world for its archaeology,...

Live like the Clooneys on the Italian lakes

If this summer’s invitation to join George and Amal Clooney and the twins at Lake Como has got lost in the post (again!), maybe you’ll just have to buy your own place there. It’s surprisingly affordable, but which will you choose? Since 2002 George Clooney has enjoyed...

Traditional summer events in Italy

An Italian summer is full of local events, usually involving great food and free concerts in the town piazzas. But what is a festa, sagra, notte bianca, carnivale, palio and corteo storico? Summer events (eventi estate) in Italy are mostly traditional celebrations...

Taking your dog to Italy

A diplomatic incident was avoided this week when the (great) Danes allowed an Italian chef to take his Argentinian mastiff, named Iceberg, back to Italy after more than a third of a million Italians pleaded for his life. Confused? Thankfully the rules about taking...

Rent-to-buy: Unlocking doors in Italy

The rent-to-buy scheme in Italy is opening more doors to potential house buyers wanting to move into their dream home sooner, rather than later. Rent-to-Buy has become a rising trend in Italy since the Italian parliament introduced measures to revitalise the property...
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