Italy is a vibrant country with a rich history that boasts incredible cuisine, beautiful scenery and a diverse range of property styles. From traditional rural Italian country cottages to new, luxurious modern villas in prestigious coastal areas, there is property in Italy to suit a wide variety of desires.
Due to the proximity of Italy to the Mediterranean and the Alps, depending on your climate preferences, you can either buy Alpine property in Northern areas of the country near to the Swiss, French and Austrian borders, or beach property in Southern areas of Italy in the Mediterranean heat.
Popular locations of houses for sale in Italy
Tuscany is a region of central Italy which encompasses a number of cities, such as Florence, Siena, Grosseto, Livorno, Piombino and Pisa. The area of Tuscany is well known for its rugged countryside, artistic culture and wine production.
Located in the central Italian region of Tuscany is the architectural city of Florence, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful destinations worldwide. Properties in the city of Florence display iconic terracotta-tiled roofs and sandy-colored exterior walls.
Interested in buying a property in Florence? Expect to pay anywhere between £85,000 and £2m+ depending on the size, quality and location within/around the city.
Siena is another arty-city located in the region of Tuscany which displays similar architecture to that of Florence and is home to numerous famous monuments, such as the Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Campo and the Castello di Belcaro Renaissance villa.
Rome, the capital city of Italy and the largest city in Italy displays a rich history within its buildings architecture which date back to the Roman Empire; The Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and Ponte Sant’Angelo are a few notable historic monuments located in the city of Rome.
Millions of tourists visit Rome each year, with the Colosseum attracting nearly 7.5 million tourists during 2018, making it one of the most popular monuments in the world. Rome is the birthplace of numerous Roman-age mythologies and it is estimated that the city is one of the oldest inhabited areas within Europe.
Fancy purchasing a property in the historic and cultural city of Rome? Search by clicking the button above.
Located on the coast of Northern Italy is the City of Venice, aka the “City of Love” and the “Floating City”. Venice is compromised of 118 small islands, which are interlinked via canals of varying sizes. Building styles in Venice are primarily Gothic, however various other styles are found throughout the city. Historically, Venice was one of the first major financial centers in the world, which attracted a vast amount of wealth. This contributed to making Venice a grand and prosperous international destination.
Interested in purchasing a property in the floating city of Venice? Use the button above to search all property for sale in Venice, Italy.
Located in Northern Italy, not far from the Swiss Alps, is the affluent city of Milan.
Milan is an international financial and fashion hub with a diverse culture and a wide variety of property styles available. Ancient Roman structures and Gothic architecture can be found throughout the city however there are ultra-modern, eco-friendly buildings dotted around Milan, such as Vertical Forest apartment blocks.
The city of Milan is the birthplace of a number of popular foods, such as Panettone cake and Gorgonzola cheese. Throughout the city of Milan, you’ll find a great deal of high-end restaurants and cafes, however, wonder down a side-street, and you’ll discover smaller, traditional foody spots.
Attracted to the thought of living in the prosperous city of Milan? If you buy a property in Milan, expect prices to range from around £100,000 for small apartments and upwards of £1m for large villas in Milan.
Sardinia is an Italian Island located to the West of central Italy in the Mediterranean sea. There are numerous remote beaches dotted around the island of Sardinia, which have picturesque cliffs, seafront caves, white sand and crystal blue water.
It is estimated that the island of Sardinia was inhabited from around 1500 BC and many structures, known as Nuraghi are still standing today. The aged history of Sardinia has led to a wide variety of property styles on the island; Although you can’t live in a prehistoric monument, there are structures with Roman architecture such as the Gothic Cathedral of Alghero intertwined into the layout of various towns and cities.
Popular areas in Sardinia include Cagliari (the capital of the island), Alghero, Stintino and Olbia.
Interested in purchasing a property on the island of Sardinia?
The small, picturesque town of Amalfi is situated on the Western coast of Italy. You may have seen pictures of Amalfi – The town is located at the foothills of steep cliffs and is a fairly popular tourist destination.
Within Amalfi, you’ll find a varying selection of ancient buildings entwined with medieval structures alongside more modern properties, such as villas and apartment blocks.
In general, you should expect to pay upwards of £300,000 for a property in Amalfi.
Positano is a small village on the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. Positano is comparable to the town of Amalfi – Positano is situated on the coast at the bottom of steep cliffs and has narrow streets and small traditional cafes and restaurants.
Prices of property in Positano for sale are similar to that of Amalfi.
Sicily is an island on the Southernmost tip of Italy, and is the largest island in the Mediterranean sea. Popular areas on the island of Sicily include Palermo, Catania, Marsala, Messina, Toarmina and Syracuse.
Situated in Eastern Sicily is the active volcano, Mount Etna, which is the basis for a number of legends and mythologies born in the area.
The island of Sicily uses a different dialect to that of mainland Italy. Sicilian is the primary language spoken on the island, which is a combination of Catalan, Spanish, Arabic, Greek and French; If you’re intending on moving to Sicily and are fluent in Italian, you may need a few extra lessons in Sicilian!
Prominent architectural design is found in properties in Sicily – Terracotta roofs and Sicilian Baroque which incorporates red sandstone is seen in a large number of properties. While mainland Italy also has Terracotta roofs and Baroque designs, the architecture in Sicily has its own unique Baroque styles.
Situated on the Sourthern coast of Italy, neighboring the active volcano Mount Vesuvius, is the city of Naples. Naples is rich with history and is estimated to be one of the oldest inhabited cities across the entire globe. Due to this, property styles throughout the city will vary from ancient medieval designs such as the Temple of Dioscuri, to the present day ultra-modernistic architecture.
Villas in Italy will vary greatly in price depending on their proximity to popular and affluent locations of Italy. For example; two villas of similar size, one located on the Amalfi coast and one located in rural, central Italy, will have a large difference in price, with the one located on the Amalfi coast costing significantly more.
Within Italy, there are large areas of land which are still un-developed, which may or may not have planning permission. As with any land for sale, prices will be higher for land which already has planning permission granted.