If holidays in the bel paese are your passion, then find out why now could be an ideal time to look at buying your dream holiday property in Italy.
Deciding on the best location for your holiday home is always key to a successful investment (and investigating potential home cover). After all, your Italian escape needs to be accessible enough for you and your guests to visit often. With this in mind, we have gathered together some popular Italian holiday home areas, along with their nearest airports which may make your choice that little bit easier:
Bordering Slovenia and Austria in north east Italy, this is not only a gloriously mountainous region, it boasts numerous picturesque rivers, lakes and springs, as well as sandy beaches, making it great for summer holidays. A 120 square metre detached house in a Friuli village would cost around €40,000, while a brand new 50 square metre apartment in Trieste city would currently fetch around €65,000.
Nearest airport: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport.
With Venice as its capital, the region of Veneto stretches from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea and offers awesome natural beauty, from mountains and hills to plains and lagoons. It is also famous for its thermal waters and spa treatments at Bibione Thermae, Galzignano Terme and Abano Terme. Historic farm houses and country homes can be picked up at lower prices than in the more touristy destinations such as Venice, yet they are slightly more expensive than in Friuli.
Nearest airports: Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport both serve the Veneto region.
The northern lakes
Speckling Italy’s north, the Lakes are not only stunningly picturesque but easily accessible by air and have a year-round appeal for holiday homebuyers. Lake Como – now home to Sir Richard Branson – is more fashionable than ever but can still be surprisingly affordable. Maggiore is elegant and similarly priced, while Garda is ideal for outdoor activities. Iseo and Orta are less popular buying spots so you might pick up a well located bargain here. Chic Lugano with its banking importance, boutiques and lakeside streets is highly sought-after, particularly amongst Swiss buyers.
Nearest airports: Milan Bergamo Airport and Verona serve the Lakes and towns in the area making travel to your holiday home relatively easy.
The area around Arezzo, Siena and Florence – dubbed Chiantishire – has become fashionable and expensive so you’ll have to think big when it comes to a six-bedroom farmhouse with a pool near the Italian abode of Sting and Trudie Styler in Arezzo. That said, Tuscany is one of Italy’s favourite holiday destinations and at times when you are not using your holiday home, you should not be hard up for rentals.
Nearest airports: Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci are the two international airports which serve the region.
Along with Tuscany, neighbouring Umbria became popular amongst buyers of Italian holiday homes in the 1900s and satisfied dreams of idyllic farmhouses amid rolling hills. You will not be too far from enchanting medieval towns and Renaissance cities such as stylish Florence and equally historic Arezzo.
Nearest airport: You can fly to the province’s Perugia San Francesco d’Assisi.
North of Tuscany, the city of Lucca, birthplace of the world-famous opera composer, Giacomo Puccini, is growing in popularity. The areas of Garfagnana, Lunigiana or Bagni di Luca are also gaining popularity as unspoilt rural getaways, lush with green valleys, mountains and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy when you’re not bathing in the thermal springs at Bagni di Luca or savouring the delights of authentic cuisine.
Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport has an adjoining rail station and is only 20 minutes’ train ride from Lucca city.
Located in south Italy’s” heel”, Puglia is a rustic paradise, known as the bread basket of Italy. If you’re looking to live the authentic “good life”, you’ll love the rolling plains, olive groves and ancient hilltop towns like Ostuni or Ceglie. Meanwhile the coast offers beautiful white sandy beaches and unspoilt fishing villages. Unique to Puglia is a type of conical agricultural dwelling called a ‘trullo’, many of which have been converted by expats.
Nearest airport: You can fly to the international airports of Bari or Brindisi.
Displaying beauty on all sides, Le Marche offers properties tucked in between mountains for ski lovers or properties by the sea which are normally lower priced than on the Tuscan Adriatic coast. Le Marche enjoys all the beauty of Tuscany’s rolling hills without the mass tourism. What’s more, you can savour fantastic food at a fraction of the price of other areas of Italy. One of the reasons why Le Marche has not reached the same levels of fame as Tuscany was due to its lack of good travel links. Today, however, Le Marche is better connected with Europe by low-cost airlines.
Nearest airport: Ancona International Airport.