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Italy - Property Locations

The standard of life in Italy attracts people of all ages from across the globe to this country. Every city is unique in its own way but expats give higher preference to some of them. Those who are moving to this country for better career prospects tend to settle down in the North. The infrastructure in the central part of Italy is the most developed in the country. The southern region is ideal for elderly expats because of its pleasant weather, clean air and lush scenery. It is important to keep these factors in mind before buying or renting property in Italy. While expats are spread out all over the country the highest population is found in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Chiantishire.

Rome is definitely the most popular choice for expats from the US and UK relocating to this country for the first time. It is located in Lazio, which is in central Italy. The educational and employment opportunities in the Italian capital are significantly higher as compared to the other places. This attractive city also boasts of rich culture and modern infrastructure. On the downside, Rome is quite expensive as compared to other places. Moreover, this city is considerably crowded and therefore finding a place to live isn’t easy. The central part of Rome only has apartments of different sizes. Expats looking for villas with gardens need to look for accommodation in the suburbs. Some of the most preferred residential areas with expats in Rome include Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Trastevere, Monti (near Colosseum), Via Veneto, Aventio, Borghese Gardens and Termini.

Milan is Italy’s second-most populated city as well as its financial center. This “designer city” is also regarded as the fashion hub of the world. It is the capital of Lombardy, which is situated in the north-west region of the country. Though Milan is one of the most modernized cities in Italy it has managed to retain its rich historical culture in spite of its huge foreign population. Accommodation in this city is very expensive as compared to the rest of the country. Milan has been divided into 9 administrative zones or boroughs. Zone 1 is the historical center, located right in the heart of the city and the other 8 zones are situated around it in a clock-wise fashion. Each of these boroughs has a variety of small neighborhoods. Some of the best residential areas for expats in Milan are Brera, Piazza Sempione, Porta Venezia, Porta Genova, Porta Ticinese San Lorenzo, Porta Romana, San Siro, Porta Nuova and Arese.

Venice is unlike any other place in the world with its islands, canals and bridges. Yet, several British and American citizens have moved to the capital city of Veneto, which is situated in the northeast part of Italy. One of the main attractions of this place is that the way of life in Venice is totally different from that of a mainland. There are no cars in this city and people move around by boat or on foot. However, Mestre, the most populated urban area in the center of mainland Venice does have bus routes as well as a tramway line. Expats generally choose to live in Dorsoduro, Lido or Mestre.

Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissaince is also home to a huge expat population. This city is located in the central part of Italy. Foreigners moving to Florence can choose to live in the historical center or outside the center but within the city. Some of the popular residential areas in and around the city center with expats are Piazza Santa Croce, Oltrarno, Piazza San Marco, Ponte Vecchio, Fortezza da Basso and Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Many foreigners prefer buying or renting property just outside of Florence, in the countryside.

Chiantishire, also in Tuscany, is a favorite with expats from the US and especially the UK. It has become one of the most expensive areas of Italy in the last few years because it is so sought after by the rich (and famous) from around the world. People are mainly attracted to Chiantishire because of its landscape, scenic beauty and moderate climate. This town is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxed and laidback life. Chiantishire gets its name from the red Chianti wine this area is most famous for. Poppiano Hills and Panzo are neighborhoods that expats tend to favor. Several celebrities own properties in this part of Italy.

Expats often choose to settle down in other towns and cities like Naples, Turin and Ancona. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia are also regarded as hotspots for foreigners. However, there are no particular neighborhoods in these areas that expats tend to live in.

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