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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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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 […]

Breaking Into the Brazilian Boom

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 Make Big Money on the Big Beach 8:27 p.m. Long Beach, California Dear International Living Reader, It’s Day Two of International Living’s Live and Invest Overseas conference. And Fortaleza is generating a lot of buzz. Fortaleza’s spectacular beaches have long attracted wealthy Brazilians from the south looking to escape the crowds. […]

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Italy as You’ve Never Heard It

In six hidden “Pockets of Prosperity” around the world, you can secure your dream escape for a small fraction of what you’d pay for something comparable at home…. Like a two-bedroom house on a sandy, palm-lined beach for just $129,000…or how about an Italian villa in a picture-perfect village for less than $53,000? In these undiscovered sanctuaries, you can turn this recession into an era of profit and pleasure.

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Italy’s Other Amalfi—at a Fraction of the Cost

Why didn’t I take a bus or the train? The worst thing isn’t the massive drops down to the impossibly blue Mediterranean below. Nor is it the all-too-frequent road signs depicting boulders tumbling off the mountains. No, it’s the tunnels. This one must be almost a mile long.

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Baroque Bargains in Italy’s Heel

After days exploring the gentle slopes of the Itria Valley and tasting seafood in the small coastal towns on the Adriatic in Italy’s “heel” province of Puglia, it’s time for a little bustle and retail therapy in a city. Lecce is the next stop.

An Italy You Can Afford

An Italy You Can Afford

Read more about affordable Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I am here in Cancun, Mexico, at IL’s Ultimate Event, showing attendees how to find Italy’s best property bargains. During my talk about village homes at prices that just seem too good to be true, I got a few suspicious looks from the attendees. […]

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How to Survive the Crazy Italian Roads

In Italy, you never have to worry about finding a parking space. Simply double park, put your hazard lights on, and sip your espresso in a nearby café.

Invest in a Piece of Italian History…From $31,000

These trulli homes are more affordable than they look…. Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Alberobello, Italy Learn more about buying property in Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Small, conical, dry-stone-roofed houses, or trulli, cover the hill like barnacles on a turtle’s shell. The Lord of the Rings is what first springs to mind when […]

High Rental Returns on Your Italian Sea-view Apartment

You can find properties for $103,000 just a stroll from the soft, sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea. Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Bevagna, Italy Last chance to sign up for tomorrow’s FREE Brazil Beachfront Webinar. Register now! Last day to save 28% on everything in the IL Bookstore Anniversary Sale! Read more about Italy in […]

Your Own Restored Italian Home for $86,000

In many of the stone houses I came across in Salento, I found beautiful old olive trees on the land. Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Salento, Italy Read more about property in Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Giovanni Russo is one of life’s go-getters. He is a hyperactive 50-year-old Italian with a passion for […]

A Home With a View of the Adriatic Sea: $186,000

A long stretch of the deep turquoise waters of the Adriatic comes into sight almost as soon as you leave Bari airport, and the sandy beaches of the Ionian to the south are no more than 40 minutes’ drive away. For me, one of the best things about Italy’s “boot heel” province of Puglia is that you’re never far from the coast.

Italy’s Heel Has Appeal

Sunday, April 13, 2008 Learn more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I’m not an expert on Italy, but I’m learning quickly thanks to IL writer Leigh Fergus. Right now Leigh is in the region of Apulia…called Puglia in Italian. Apulia makes up the heel and much of the Achilles tendon of the […]

An Italian Vineyard of Your Own for Less Than $100,000

Friday, April 4, 2008 Read more about real estate in Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Two hours east of Rome, hemmed by the glittering Adriatic, Abruzzo offers dreamy hill towns, tiny farms, ruggedly wild countryside, and the diamond-bright peaks of the Apennines. Most towns and mountain villages are within an hour’s drive of […]

The medieval magic of Italy’s hill towns—a vineyard of your own for less than $100,000

Two hours east of Rome, hemmed by the glittering Adriatic, Abruzzo offers dreamy hill towns, tiny farms, ruggedly wild countryside, and the diamond-bright peaks of the Apennines. Most towns and mountain villages are within an hour’s drive of sandy beaches. Hot summers, cold winters. During my February visit, the air was scented with wood-smoke. Everyone […]

Property Bargains in Italy’s New Hotspot

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Pescara, Italy Read more about affordable Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I’m in Pescara on the Abruzzo coast. Bombed during World War II, it’s now a mostly modern city with sandy Adriatic beaches, excellent shopping streets, and an airport with direct flights to the U.K. and Germany. Train and […]

Money-saving Tips When in Rome

Rome is a beautiful city but it can be expensive. Monday, March 10, 2008 Rome, Italy Read more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape On this latest Italy trip, I was scouting properties in Abruzzo and Molise. To reach these southern regions, you’ll probably fly in and out of Rome. It can be […]

Buy a Home for $27,000 in a Secret Pocket of Italy

The beach resort of Termoli has a few property bargains…but for the best deals, head inland. Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Termoli, Italy Read more about finding affordable property in Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Molise is Italy’s youngest region. In 1963, it split from Abruzzo, the region lying to the north. Sharing the […]

Rescue an Italian Property in Confetti Town

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Sulmona, Italy Read more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I’m in Sulmona, an Abruzzo town in southern Italy…chilly this time of year. But the cold doesn’t stop the passegiata. Join the evening stroll down Corso Ovidio and you soon notice Sulmona is the home of confetti. Not bits […]

For Sale: An Italian Palace…and a $53,000 Village House

Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 Abruzzo, Italy Read more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Hot summers on the beach, skiing in winter, gorgeous countryside all year round. The medieval hill towns and villages in Italy’s mountainous Abruzzo region get lovelier with each passing day. What I particularly like is that from any village, […]

Oodles of Property Bargains in This Corner of Italy

The lively town of Loreto Aprutino, where house prices start at just $120,000. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 Abruzzo, Italy Read more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Abruzzo’s landscape isn’t as manicured as Tuscany’s…but it is studded with medieval hill towns, olive groves, and vineyards. No heavyweight art cities to be sure, but […]

Would You Like a Townhouse in “Affordable Italy” for $26,000?

February in Italy’s deep south. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 Abruzzo, Italy Read more about Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Two hours east of Rome, the Abruzzo region is where southern Italy starts. Fringed by Adriatic beaches, it’s a tapestry of mountains, olive groves, vineyards, and pine forests. Picturesque hill towns come with cobbled […]

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.

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).

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