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Italy - Marche

The region of Marche has a population of just over 1.5 million, 7% of which are expats. The capital city is Ancona. The region is located in the centre of the country and shares borders with San Marino and the Italian regions of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Abruzzo and Lazio. Much of the region is hilly away from the coast and the region has a good mix of historic towns and modern tourist resorts.

Spring and autumn are generally mild in the Marche region, although the summers are hot with temperatures up to 40°C, while winters can be very cold in the mountains and milder along the coast. Rainfall is higher inland than at the coast.

This area of Italy has a good mix of modern and traditional, so those who are retiring to the area should easily find something to suit them. Some towns already have expat communities and the tourist resorts have an abundance of leisure facilities such as golf courses, gyms, restaurants and cinemas. There are a number of developments in the tourist areas which have been specifically aimed at those who are retiring or who want to buy a second home.

The mix of traditional and modern should also suit someone who wants to start their own business. The rental of holiday property is a good business in this area, particularly as some coastal areas attract tourists all year round, but this is not the case for all resorts. Inland there are opportunities for those who want to organise walking or cycling holidays.

As this area has around 180 kilometres of coastline there are many seaside resorts that would be ideal for those who are looking for a different way of life. There are different types of seaside resorts. Some have a very lively atmosphere with nightclubs and bars, such as Pesaro and Senigallia, and there are the smaller resorts which are aimed at those who prefer self contained holiday accommodation and quieter beaches. The latter type of resort tends to be very popular with Italians, and there are many properties in these resorts which are used as second homes.

It is worth noting that the seaside resorts have a short summer season. They are very busy for around 6 weeks in July and August. The resorts also tend to be more or less closed during the winter months. There are properties for those who want to live in the area full time, but facilities during the winter are generally only basic. The coastal areas are a good investment for those who want to rent out self contained holiday accommodation, but it should be noted that rentals are mainly concentrated on the months of July and August and the rest of the year would be a little hit and miss.

The resorts offer a mix of houses and apartments for accommodation. Those with a lot more money to spend could invest in a villa. These often have swimming pools and good sized grounds, while apartment complexes will have shared facilities. Some of these are only basic facilities such as laundry rooms, but the more luxurious developments will have gymnasiums and swimming pools. Some coastal towns are only just beginning to develop, and properties there can still be bought for a reasonable price, usually much lower than the regional average. It is also worth considering a new build property in the coastal areas as these can be bought at a low price if you choose to buy off plan. New build properties become much more expensive if you wait for completion before purchasing. Some of the smaller resorts are not geared up to families living in the area full time, and some towns will only have schools for primary age children, with older children would need to travel.

Farmhouses in the Marche region are popular with newcomers to the area, and due to the fact that many Italian people have abandoned rural areas in favour of the cities, there are property bargains to be found. Many are in need of renovation, but the benefits of buying a property with plenty of land are numerous. Often there are outbuildings which can be converted for a business such as holiday lets or for extra accommodation. The area is much cheaper than similar areas in Tuscany and Umbria.

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