Italy

Italy

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

Italy-FF
  • 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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An Italian Home for Less Than $50,000

You could own a home in this medieval Italian village for less than $50,000. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 Paris, France Learn more about Italian real estate in International Living Postcards–your daily escape I’ve just heard about a sustainable tourism project in Italy with restored properties selling for less than $50,000. The houses are in a […]

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).

Clarification Causes Confusion

In May it was announced that visitors to Panama entering on a tourist visa would no longer be granted a 90-day stay (extendable for another 90 days). Instead, immigration officials said, those entering on a tourist visa would be granted just 30 days-extendable up to 60 additional days. This month, rumors began circulating that the […]

Where florists become princes

Seborga would look like many other sleepy Ligurian inland villages if it weren’t for the dozens of blue and white flags that welcome you as you approach its centuries-old walls. But Seborga is special. It all started in the 1960s when local florist, Giorgio Carbone, began pushing for the town to regain its historic independence. […]

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

Italian Real EstateTaxes

 Taxes Italian Real Estate Taxes Transfer Tax Also known as government purchase tax, the amount depends on whether you are buying urban or rural property and how you intend to use the property. If the urban property you purchase is to be your main place of residence (i.e., you will live in your property for […]

Sampling the cucina of Le Marché

by John Szabo, Master Sommelier Some of the most dramatic seaside scenery of the Adriatic can be found on the Riviera del Conero, the section of coastline beneath the limestone peak of Monte Conero south of Ancona. With all the charm of Tuscany or Umbria, this is also where you want to go to find […]

What kind of home in Italy?

Italy has more than just farmhouses to offer. Say you’re looking for a simple village house in fairly good condition…but you don’t want to pay more than $150,000? You won’t find one on the shores of Lake Como at that price, but look to Apulia and you’ll be spoiled for choice. The point is that […]

The best views of Mount Etna

Most holidaymakers on cruises around the eastern Mediterranean call at the Sicilian port of Messina to climb Mount Etna. The town itself, following a succession of earthquakes, offers little to detain you. Alas, upon our arrival, the top of this still-active volcano (it last erupted in May) was covered by a hot weather haze, so […]

Fractional Ownerships

Fractional Ownerships

Six of the best fractional ownerships from around the world

Naples-falling for Italy’s raffish old rogue

US$1 equals .79 euro A balmy winter night. I’m drinking wine and scoffing seafood risotto outside a restaurant called Ettore on via Santa Lucia. Somebody is late hauling their laundry in-towels and teacloths flutter like ghostly banners from a washing line strung between two balconies across the street. This is a pure southern Italian cliché-right […]

The agriturismos of Sicily

Arguably the finest no-frills, made-by-human-hands food in Italy is available at what are called agriturismos. Everything that comes to the table is produced either right outside the window of the restaurant or just down the road. I went to Casa dello Scirocco in Lentini, Sicily, on a recommendation from a local. “There is no menu,” […]

A toehold in Italy for $15,000: Calabria-where everybody can afford la dolce vita

US$1 equals 0.74 euro Italians call the south of their country Il Mezzogiorno, the Land of the Midday Sun. And you can’t travel any farther south than the Calabria region-the toe of Italy’s elegant boot. Last stop before Sicily, it’s one of the country’s least explored regions-and its warmest and sunniest, too. Encircled by a […]

A wedding in Orta–no stress please, we’re Italian

I recently attended the wedding of two close friends. Destination: the Italian Lakes. Weddings are like gigs in the small town of Novara, where Elisa, the bride, grew up. Posters announcing the wedding ceremony had been erected for weeks prior, and, despite the miserable weather, all the townspeople turned up for the event in their […]

Pompeii, Herculanium, and Stabiae-the tale of three ancient cities frozen in time

Temperatures rose in thermal springs, tremors shook the earth, and on Aug. 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius spewed blistering ash and pumice over Pompeii. But today I enter Pompeii without trepidation, through the Porta Marina, one of the six gates of the walled city. Stones of lava, inlaid with chips of white marble, pave the […]

2007 Quality of Life Index

2007 Quality of Life Index

The best place in the world to live?

For the second year running in our annual Quality of Life Index, we say: France.

At the other end of the Index, again for year number two, Iraq scores the fewest points and ranks as the world’s worst place to be.

Pompeii, Herculanium, and Stabiae—the tale of three ancient cities, frozen in time

Pompeii, Herculanium, and Stabiae—the tale of three ancient cities, frozen in time

Temperatures rose in thermal springs, tremors shook the earth, and on Aug. 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius spewed blistering ash and pumice over Pompeii. But today I enter Pompeii without trepidation, through the Porta Marina, one of the six gates of the walled city. Stones of lava, inlaid with chips of white marble, pave the road leading into the Via dell’Abbondanza. More than 2,000 years ago, carts carried provisions (including fish from the Gulf and salt from the bustling port) along here at night, aided by the light reflected from the marble.

Pompeii, Herculanium, and Stabiae-the tale of three ancient cities frozen in time

Temperatures rose in thermal springs, tremors shook the earth, and on Aug. 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius spewed blistering ash and pumice over Pompeii. But today I enter Pompeii without trepidation, through the Porta Marina, one of the six gates of the walled city. Stones of lava, inlaid with chips of white marble, pave the […]

Bella Vita: The ins and outs of living in Italy

Most people have the same reaction when they hear I live in Italy: “You actually live there? You’re so lucky!” And they’re right, for the most part. But vacationing in Italy and living here are two different things. If you’re thinking of making the move, here’s an overview of things you’ll need to know: How […]

Via Francigena-trekking the highway to heaven

by Brandon Wilson US$1 equals 0.80 euro Early Christians believed there were three roads to Paradise. The first, the Camino de Santiago, meanders 500 miles across northern Spain. This has been trekked by millions for centuries, on their way to pay homage to the remains of the apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela. In […]

2005 Quality of Life Index

2005 Quality of Life Index

Our silver medalist
Climbing 10 positions to take second-place honors this year is a country of snow-capped Alpine peaks, stylish beach resorts, and a glorious green and golden interior where ancient towns cast shimmering reflections into lazy rivers.

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