My life in Emilia-Romagna

Tina O’Neill from Cheshire bought a two-bedroom house in the hills south of Modena. For three years she used it as a holiday home, then her love of Italy grew too great and she made a permanent move to Emilia-Romagna in 2014. What drew her to this region in particular? “I’d been to many different […]

Our life in Le Marche

Hertfordshire-based Carole and David Montrose own a three-bedroom country house a few miles from Ascoli Piceno in southern Le Marche. They try to spend all of the school holidays there with their daughters Mandy and Jessica (pictured above),and rent the house to visitors at other times of the year. What drew them to Le Marche? “David […]

Homes in: Le Marche

This serenely beautiful region burst onto the foreign-buyer scene less than twenty years ago and swiftly became a favourite. It’s still one of the most coveted rural property spots in the country, says Fleur Kinson On the map, Le Marche forms the shapely calf muscle of the Italian leg. So it seems rather fitting that […]

Homes in: Umbria


This dreamily serene region of fairytale landscapes and jewel-like hilltowns continues to be adored by discerning visitors. Property prices are currently in a very favourable situation for you, says Fleur Kinson. Tucked away in the middle of the Italian peninsula, encircled by Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche, Umbria is famed for its lyrical landscapes, its […]

Our life in Umbria

Lorelei and Jacob Wells have made Umbria a second home that they can make available to family and friends. Leicestershire-based Lorelei and Jacob Wells (in pink and centre, pictured with friends) own a three-bedroom rural house situated between Todi and Orvieto in southwest Umbria. They enjoy long visits there several times a year, make the […]

Our life in: Puglia

Matt and Shirley Partridge from Leicestershire own a small country house in the far south of Puglia. They enjoy month-long visits there several times a year, and plan to retire there permanently later this year. What drew them to Puglia? “We’ve both had careers in catering and hospitality,” Shirley explains, “and this contributed to us […]

Homes in: Puglia

SUMMER.Salento coast: Gallipoli beach.Apulia (ITALY)

Striking, sun-washed Puglia is a very distinctive bit of Italy, with landscapes and building styles like nowhere else. Beautiful, orderly and affordable, this far-southern region rightly continues to enchant foreign buyers, says Fleur Kinson. Forming the graceful high heel of the Italian boot, Puglia strikes a distinctive shape on the map. And it’s no less distinctive […]

My life in Venice…

Linda Little from Sydney, Australia, bought a two-bedroom apartment in the San Polo district of Venice in early 2016. It sits three floors up in a canalside townhouse, in a quiet area close to all the city’s major sights, and Linda gets to enjoy watching gondolas passing beneath her balcony. She and her partner spend […]

Homes in: Veneto

It’s famous for Venice and other captivating cities, but this prosperous northern region has rural delights aplenty. Buyers seeking good investment or great value for money should take a closer look, says Fleur Kinson. Sophisticated, romantic and beautiful – these words might or might not describe your partner, but they certainly describe Veneto, a lovely, […]

The Lakes regional property guide

The renowned lakes in the north represent an unwaveringly popular region to buy a home. As a result, property here doesn’t come cheap, but you can still find value for money, and holiday rental potential is strong. But Italy has more places to consider for lakeside living. Look to the central lakes, and to Sardinia, […]