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La Dolce Vita Means “The Sweet Life...” and Life Gets no Sweeter Than in Sunny Italy

 

Italy has a staggering amount to offer travelers...and residents. Romantic cities. Timeless hill towns. Snowy mountains, idyllic islands, and a rivetingly beautiful coastline. Plus, outside the major cities, homes start at a mere $50,000—or less.

 

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Fast Facts About Italy

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  • Population: 61,482,297
  • Capital City: Rome
  • Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Language: Italian
  • Country Code: 39
  • Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea

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Tuscany Property in Bagni di Lucca

Tuscany Property in Bagni di Lucca

Above the grand villas with their lichen-covered statuary and wisteria blossom, little villages cling to the hillsides. When their lights come on at dusk, it’s like a myriad stars twinkling away. One small house up there—stone-built, chestnut-beamed and habitable—is on the market for $72,600.

Harvest Time in Sicily

Harvest Time in Sicily

Dreaming of olive oil…extra virgin, tangy, and picked by your hands? Every fall in Cianciana, the air is thick with the perfume of freshly pressed Sicilian olive oil.

Globetrotter

Globetrotter

Discover the easiest way to get to Latin America and learn about Thai Airways unique program that focuses on Asia’s world famous pilgrimage sites

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

Five New Retirement Havens We’re Scouting in 2010

Five New Retirement Havens We’re Scouting in 2010

We survey 194 countries in our annual Quality of Life Index. How do we decide which of them should be on your radar screen for retirement? With an eye firmly on places where your dollars are likely to stretch, we send a scout to take a look.

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

Finding Sicily

Finding Sicily

Unspoiled, friendly and affordable—is that too much to ask? We hoped not. We had been living in Burgundy for almost five years. Every year, the winter got longer, and the seaside farther away. So, we turned to the south—the Mediterranean and Sicily.

Confetti—Not Just for Weddings

Confetti—Not Just for Weddings

Around 260 pounds of confetti were consumed at Lucrezia Borgia’s wedding banquet in 1487. But guests weren’t eating bits of colored paper.

The Travel Press Talks: September 2009

The Travel Press Talks: September 2009

Stop press: South America’s next eco-hotspot—hiding the world’s largest section of unprotected rainforest—is Suriname.

A Movie-maker’s Dream City

A Movie-maker’s Dream City

My quest had failed. I never managed to get anywhere near the Brown Madonna’s ornately-decorated cart. So, I couldn’t help tear it into pieces.

Your Burning Questions Answered

“It’s getting a little out of control.” That was the word from the events staff this week. They’ve been peppered with questions from hundreds of readers about our Ultimate Event coming up this March in Quito, Ecuador. And though they’ve been returning calls and answering each e-mail individually, they can barely keep pace with all […]

World News

World News

IL’s monthly dose of world news…

Don’t Ignore the Happiness Factor

Don’t Ignore the Happiness Factor

Wherever vines grow, life is usually pleasant. So no surprise that France heads IL’s latest Quality of Life Index. A first-class health care system…a culture that isn’t based on inane celebrity worship…food that’s fit to eat.

Brush up on your artistic talents

Brush up on your artistic talents

Dedalo Arte is a group of artists based in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, near Pienza and the

15th-century former Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena (set for the film The English

Patient and now run as tourist accommodation).

Six of the Best--Epic Drives

Six of the Best–Epic Drives

Six of the most stunning drives from around the world as selected by International Living

The world’s top retirement havens in 2007

The world’s top retirement havens in 2007

Whether your retirement is fast approaching or just something you find yourself often dreaming about, you’ve probably imagined spending it in some far-flung tropical haven. But moving to a country that you know little about is a lot of hassle, right? It’s probably not worth the time and effort, you think. Besides, all your family and friends are here.

Hotspots: Head for the Heights

Hotspots: Head for the Heights

The soaring coastline of Calabria, the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, and the high vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina are where it’s at

Move to Italy

Move to Italy

Move to Italy and Enjoy La Dolce Vita (the Sweet Life)   There are many appealing reasons that inspire expats to move to Italy. The country has given us Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli. Pizza, gondolas, and scarlet Ferraris. Opera, ice cream, and Prada handbags. OK, it’s given us the Mafia, too, but who wouldn’t want […]

Travel in Italy

Travel in Italy

The Marvels of Traveling in Italy   You will be able to visit many unforgettable sights and monuments when you travel in Italy Traveling in Italy can offer you some of the most incredible vacation experiences of your life. Whether you choose to spend your time absorbing the atmosphere of one of the great art […]

Taxes In Italy

Taxes in Italy

A Guide to Italian Taxes   “Italy has completely changed the fiscal rules, and now our taxation system is one of the most modern in the world. But no one realized that because we did not reduce taxes.” —Vincenzo Visco, Italian treasury minister, September 2000 Four years after that speech, the Italian finance minister had […]

Invest In Italy

Invest in Italy

Making an Investment in Italy   A founding member of the European Union, Italy is a full participant in the single market. It is also a member of the Group of Eight (G8), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), […]

Beachfront Property in Italy

Beachfront Property in Italy

Beside the Sea   One popular option for beachfront property in Italy is Punta Ala, which is a fashionable Tuscan seaside resort and golf course with views over the island of Elba, where Napoleon was exiled. Punta Ala is in a part of Tuscany known as the Maremma. Relatively undiscovered (though no secret to Italian […]

Fractional Ownerships

Fractional Ownerships

Six of the best fractional ownerships from around the world

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