In previous articles, we looked at the most ideal locations to buy property along Italy’s picturesque coast. Here we will revisit these regions, providing an updated view of their appeal and benefits, while also presenting some additional locations to consider.

When thinking of buying a summer home in Italy, one of the questions to ask yourself is, city or country? Some dream of living in the center of Florence, strolling through Piazza della Signoria and then skipping across the Arno River to tour the lush Boboli Gardens. While others want to relax in the quiet serenity of a hilltop village, with quaint local shops and cypress trees dotting the horizon. In addition to the touristy city centers that tend to be some of the priciest options, many think a coastal property will also break the bank. However, it’s important to remember, Italy has a coastline of 4,900 miles. Out of the 20 regions that comprise the country, 15 have coastlines along either the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian, or Tyrrhenian Seas, meaning there are many opportunities to find your dream seaside property. There are countless hidden gems throughout the country that offer breathtaking panoramas, local gastronomy, and turquoise waters.

In fact, the entire region of Liguria sits along the northwest Italian coast forming the Italian Riviera. This 220 mile-stretch of coastline has many luxurious, expensive, and sought-after regions for properties like Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Cinque Terre. Traveling north you will find Genoa, the large port city with a rich, ancient history and reasonably priced real estate for those that prefer city living while also being a short train ride away from the beach. Even further north, the Riviera di Ponente runs along the shoreline all the way to Monaco and France, passing through towns like Savona, Finale Ligure, Imperia, and Sanremo, each featuring colorful pastel houses and cool breezes from the Mediterranean Sea.

While most know the region of Lazio for its capital of Rome, it also has a long coastline featuring stunning vistas and refreshing summer weather. While the property prices tend to be higher in this region, a major benefit is the ease of visiting Rome at a moment’s notice and connections to other cities throughout the country. The beaches in towns like Terracina, Andio, Sabaudia, and San Felice Circeo are pristine and the surrounding villages feature beautiful countryside with views of the clear waters.

On the southern end of the Italian peninsula, past the Amalfi Coast in Campania, you will reach the region of Calabria. This area is more rural and mountainous, featuring breathtaking natural wonders both inland and along the coast, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Public transportation is limited so the region is ideal for those looking for a more remote and relaxed lifestyle. However, the proximity to Sicily and the lesser-known islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea like Lipari and Stromboli is an added benefit. There are many opportunities to find a hidden gem property for a great value, so be sure to check out places like Tropea, Scalea, and Pizzo.

Along the Adriatic coast is the region of Puglia, forming the heel of Italy’s boot shape. It features a variety of coastal terrain, from rocky shores to sandy beaches, and can feel more off the beaten path. Salento, the region encompassing the southernmost part of the peninsula, boasts distinct architecture and picturesque views of the azure sea from places like Lecce, Gallipoli, and Otranto. The historic town of Polignano a Mare is perched high on limestone cliffs and even hosts an annual cliff diving competition. The area is also famous for its scuba diving and is perfect for the adventurous sea lover who is looking to explore the countless caves, grottos and diverse marine life. Even purchasing a property more inland, you’re still always a short drive to the coast. This region is less popular with international tourists and more common with Italians who come to escape the summer heat of the big cities and relax in the sea breeze.

Looking past the mainland, the islands of Sicily and Sardinia provide a true summer getaway soaked in vivid, saturated color. While Sicily offers many prime property options in places such as Noto, Syracuse, or Marsala, the island of Sardinia is sometimes overlooked. Prized for its rocky and wooded landscape combined with an unspoiled coastline and serene waters, this island is the nature lover’s paradise. While there are more expensive areas like the famous Costa Smeralda and the Gulf of Arzachena in Northern Sardinia, there are still beautiful locales for a lower price point in the northwest towns of Castelsardo and Alghero or further south in the provinces of Oristano and Nuoro.

Additional considerations for the purchase of a summer home relate to the choice between the north or south of Italy as well as the management of the property, for those who don’t intend to reside in it yearlong. The north of Italy experiences colder winters, even on the coast, while in the South, the winters are relatively mild. However, in northern Italy, there is the benefit of a widespread and extensive train system and road network linking major cities like Milan, Florence, Venice, and Rome as well as a multitude of charming, small towns. In general, property prices and cost of living are higher in the north than in the south, and while properties in the south may be less expensive, they are often more rural and require more renovation.

Lastly, it’s also important to remember that non-EU citizens are allowed to purchase property in Italy without being a resident if there is an international treaty permitting the condition of reciprocity between the purchaser’s country of origin and Italy, such as the United States. The purchase process can be done entirely remotely, if so desired, through the use of power of attorney. Non-EU citizens are permitted to stay up to 90 days visa-free in Italy, which is perfect for those looking to reside in Italy for the summer months. It’s important to note that the purchase of a property does not entitle non-EU citizens to stay past the 90-day limit. To stay longer than 90 days, a long-stay visa would be necessary, such as the Elective Residency Visa.

For more information about finding your dream coastal property in Italy, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@italianrealestatelawyers.com or visit our website at www.italianrealestatelawyers.com to learn more about the Italian real estate purchase process.

 

 

 

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