When buying property, your money goes a lot further in Italy. Even in the most popular areas you can still buy a gorgeous home for little more than £100,000. We’ve found eight rather special homes, all at under €160,000…
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Whether it’s because of the friendly people, the relaxed lifestyle or the gorgeous countryside, just about everywhere in Italy seems to offer a luxurious and exciting lifestyle. Which means that you don’t need to be buying in the most expensive hotspots to feel like your holiday home or lifestyle is as special as that of A-listers like George Clooney of Ed Sheeran. Both of them live within a few miles of at least one of these properties!
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Back-street charm, Umbria
Umbria is a landlocked region of rolling hills, sleepy farms and picturesque medieval towns a little south of Tuscany. Hence its nickname the ‘Green heart of Italy’. It’s as rich in history and art as it is gastronomically, with locally produced food and wine one of its key attractions. Not unlike its more established neighbour Tuscany, restored character houses, in particular farmhouses, and boutique conversions, often into multiple units, are popular there.
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Culture vultures looking to immerse themselves fully in the Umbrian way of life will find it hard not to fall in love with this recently restored character house in the historical centre of Monteleone d’Orvieto. Over two floors and with two bedrooms, it oozes authentic charm and boasts lots of original features. Click here or on the image for further details.
Mountains and countryside, Abruzzo
Too easily overlooked in favour of better trodden regions, rustic Abruzzo is an unspoilt gem halfway down Italy and especially suited to nature-lovers. Its interior is wild and features some of the most dramatic peaks of the Apennine Mounains, including those within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park. The region is home to around 20 ski resorts, all of which are easily accessible from the coast.
In Abruzzo keen swimmers and skiers can swap their speedos for salopettes and drive from coast to ski resort in around an hour.
Being under the foreign buyers’ radar has kept property prices at attractive levels there, and this three-bedroom country house is a good example. In the countryside a few miles from the historical town of Penne, it sits on a large 4,500-sq-metre plot and comes with a large brick barn, not to mention glorious mountain views. Click here or on the image for further details.
Medieval charm, Tuscany
The original go-to destination for Italophiles, Tuscany still ticks all the right boxes for many foreign property-hunters. Prices for properties in prime locations can be eye-watering – think Florence and hip parts of ‘Chiantishire’, but head to the less famous but equally appealing corners of this region and you’ll be surprised at what you could afford.
Barga is a charming medieval town in the rolling countryside of north-west Tuscany, not far from either the coast or skiing in the Apennine resort of Abetone. This restored stone two-bedroom townhouse is located in the centre of town, very close to Barga’s medieval walls and within walking distance of everything you could need to enjoy ‘la dolce vita’! Click here or on the image for further details.
Seaside fun, Le Marche
Nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea and boasting a coastline that extends over 100 miles, Le Marche is finally beginning to find the international limelight. It was crowned the second-best destination to visit worldwide in 2020 by Lonely Planet, which described as ‘all of Italy in one region’, noting its 20 Blue Flag beaches and eight ski resorts.
Property-hunters are spoilt for picture-postcard destinations. The region has no less than 28 villages included in the 2019 list of Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. That’s more than Tuscany! All this might sound expensive, but it’s not. We’ve found a spacious modern-style two-bedroom apartment on a small complex just 150 metres from the beach on Le Marche’s Adriatic coastline. It’s part of the coastal development at Alba Adriatica, less than an hour from Pescara. Click here or on the image for further details.
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Beach bargain, Calabria
The hot summer months are when Calabria, occupying the toe of Italy’s boot, comes to life and its seaside resorts and sweeping sandy beaches fill up with Italian and foreign holidaymakers. Less developed and with a sparsely populated and mountainous interior, Calabria has always been considered the poorer corner of Italy, especially out of season. This has kept property prices low though – a treat for the more adventurous property-buyers who venture down there.
Explore just a little and you’ll discover unspoilt seaside towns, such as Tropea on Calabria’s northern Tyrrhenian coastline. The town occupies a dramatic clifftop location and has a charming old centre, overlooking its marina and choice of beaches either side. For a convenient lock-and-leave summer bolt-hole with easy access to the town, try this two-bedroom apartment, with shared pool and fabulous views. Click here or on the image for further details.
Urban Baroque, Puglia
Boasting incredible baroque architecture, not least around its central square with its preserved Roman amphitheatre, Lecce is Puglia’s second largest city after Bari. Often dubbed the ‘Florence of the South’, it’s a real gem that offers Italian urban living with a sunnny Mediterranean twist.
Its historic centre is a maze of old streets and small shady piazzetas, where hours can be spent wandering or stopping for a pastry or glass of chilled wine. French film star Gerard Depardieu has owned a home and lived there. Sound like your type of thing? This restored first-floor one-bedroom apartment is in the heart of the old town, close to all the key attractions. Just try not to be seduced by its location and authentic features. Click here or on the image for further details.
Tuscan favourite, Montepulciano
The hilltop town of Montepulciano, surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, looks like the backdrop to a Renaissance painting. The town is bejewelled in palaces and churches with frescoes, and around every corner there’s a beautiful square with a cafe, gelato shop and maybe a few artisal shops. The town is around an hour’s drive south-west and south respectively from Siena and Arezzo. The lovely Trasimeno regional park is to the west, where Ed Sheeran owns a home, and the city of Perugia beyond.
This apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom, but set in a spacious 65 square metres. It’s modern inside and beautifully presented, including a private terrace with views. Not to be missed! Click here or the image for more details.