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Italy - Calabria

The capital of the Calabria region of Italy is Catanzaro. The area has a population of just over 2 million people. Calabria is a region of southern Italy and forms the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘boot’. It has a land border with Basilicata and is close to the island of Sicily. The region is divided into five provinces for administrative purposes. The area is popular with tourists thanks to its clean beaches and water, as well as being able to move quickly from one part of the region to another.

As this area is located in southern Italy it has very warm summers and mild winters, although some inland areas have high rainfall in the winter months. The area is a good choice for those who want year round good weather.

Calabria is a good choice for those who are looking to retire. There are a number of small towns which have a range of property options at reasonable prices. The seaside towns also have good leisure and sporting facilities for those who are looking for an active retirement. The good climate is also ideal for those who want to get away from colder areas in Northern Europe.

Tourism is a good business area to get into in this part of Italy as many of the coastal towns are just beginning to see good numbers of tourists. There are opportunities for those who can organise activities such as scuba diving and sailing lessons, as well as the more obvious B&B and holiday let accommodation.

Some towns in the Calabria region are ideal for both those who want to retire or run a business. The town of Tropea is very popular with tourists so there are properties which are suitable to rent out as holiday lets and properties which are aimed at retirees and those who want a second home. Property prices are below the regional average but are rising each year. The town has schools and good shopping facilities as well as other leisure amenities and there is a small community of expats already resident in the town.

The town of Gerace is located inland on a hilltop. The town has many ancient buildings and the medieval part of town is still in good condition. There are very few new properties, mainly due to the lack of space for expansion, but some of the older properties have been renovated to a high standard. Property prices are on a par with the regional average, mainly due to the demand for property.

The town of Cosenza is a popular area with both tourists and residents. The town has several districts which have cheaper rental properties available due to the location of the university and the town offers good opportunities for those who want to invest in rental properties. Property in the centre of the town is mainly older properties, although there are opportunities for renovating a run-down property. This town has already attracted a number of expats.

Spezzano Albanese is a hillside town, consisting of mainly older properties. Property prices are quite low when compared with other towns in the region and there are a number of expats living there already. Houses in the area have very little in the way of outdoor space, although some will have a balcony or small courtyard.

The town of Castrovillari is a good example of the laid back Italian way of life, although there is also a lively night life. The area has good shopping facilities and schools. Property prices are on a par with the regional average.

For those who want a property with a garden or some land, it will be necessary to buy a property in a more rural setting. In this area there are many rural properties which can be purchased very cheaply but that will need a lot of renovation work. In some areas there are very large properties available which will be ideal as a small hotel and some properties come complete with olive groves or vineyards. There are expats already living in the region and this is mainly in the rural areas as most expats want to buy a rustic property and most Italians prefer to buy more modern properties.

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