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5 Overlooked destinations in Italy to buy a holiday home

If you are looking to invest in property in Italy, you may well find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to settle. Many of Italy’s regions offer a wide variety of capturing culture, picturesque landscapes and traditional cuisine.

With flourishing food, fashion and art scenes and alluring tucked-away coastal retreats and hamlets, Italy’s diverse destinations appeal to a wide range of traveler types and interests. However since many of the country’s most legendary destinations are filled with swarms of tourists all year-round bringing exorbitant prices with them, here are 5 overlooked places worth an investment.

1 | The Italian Lakes, Lombardy

One of Italy’s most popular holiday destinations for amazing views and the great outdoors, are the Italian Lakes. The Lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda a favoured by the crowd, Lake Iseo and Lake Orta are less well known so you might pick up a bargain here. However no matter which lake you choose you will be surrounded by nature and a long list of available activities. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline package with water sports, mountain biking, hiking and climbing are popular, during the season there are many golf courses and ski resorts within easy reach. Or whether you’re looking for time to relax in the sun, strolls near the water or day trips to historical places and town centres to explore the local culture, the lake region offers it all.

2 | Amalfi Coast, Salerno :

If you’re looking for the simple and uncomplicated life you will be drawn to the Amalfi Coast. Constructed as one long running ‘balcony’ with views encompassing the Tyrrhenian Sea and everlasting sunshine this is the spot for the ultimate beach holiday.

There’s jet-set favourite Positano, a pastel-coloured cascade of chic boutiques, spritz-sipping pin-ups and sun-kissed sunbathers. Further east, ancient Amalfi lures with its Arabic-Norman cathedral, while mountaintop Ravello stirs hearts with its cultured villas and Wagnerian connection. To the west lies Amalfi Coast gateway Sorrento, a handsome clifftop resort.

3 | Lucca, Tuscany :

Tuscany continues to be a highly sought after region due to it’s relaxed ambience, cultural value, medieval villages, rolling hills and vineyards. The city of Lucca, found just north of Pisa offers a charming historic centre, cosy restaurants, a mecca for painters and artists, strolls through cobbled streets and shady piazzas. Many historic cafes and pizzerias have attracted visitors and residents, offering a harmonious end to their day over a glass of Lucchesi wine, special in this region. It’s advantageous location, offering a close proximity to cities such as Pisa, Livorno and Florence makes this town a top holiday home location, enabling you to escape the crowds without losing the opportunity to be close to the action.

4 | Abruzzo, Region :

This beautiful region begins on the Adriatic Coastline, stretching to the Apennine Mountains, hosting large territories of National Parks and large numbers of wildlife. The various territories are rich in history, tradition, art and culture. The coast itself has long, sandy beaches in the north and pebbly, secluded coves to the south. With small villages, medieval castles and monasteries in the surrounding countryside, it is often referred to as Italy’s ‘greenest region’.

Tourists often forget Abruzzo when looking for holidays in Italy, resulting in a favourable and competitive property market. It remains a well kept secret, thanks to the diverse nature of land and climate, and boasts some of the finest, most indulgent cuisines in the country, making it the perfect spot to enjoy your favourite Italian delicacies.

5 | Bologna, Emilia-Romagna :

Bologna has not yet been discovered by many holiday homebuyers, but is certainly tipped to become an up and coming area. Walk around the Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s sprawling plaza, which brims with arched colonnades, cafes and Renaissance structures, such as the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica of San Petronio.Bologna is also renowned for its food and wine – from tortellini to Parmigiano-Reggiano – so you won’t miss savoring leisurely meals at authentic trattorias.

As Florence is less than a 2-hour drive south from Bologna, the area between the two may be a good place to look for a holiday home. From Bologna you can also reach the coast at Rimini in less than an hour and a half. This makes this city the perfect place to invest into a holiday home, offering a central location, culture and cuisine and many opportunities for day trips to explore the area.

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