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Affordable Italy: 3 Best Retirement Regions

Who wouldn’t want to live in Italy, Europe’s most intriguing and seductive country? Just think of its warmth, style, and wonderful food…its excitable people and their zest for life…its art treasures and the architectural glories of its magnificent past.

Even if you’ve never been there, Italy is one of those places that tugs at the heartstrings. And once you have been there, you’re always looking for reasons to go back.

Although Italy is not generally perceived as being a bargain location for property buyers, there truly is something for everybody. In these three Italian regions—Tuscany, Umbria, and Puglia—travelers find good value, rich Italian culture, and fewer crowds.


With art cities, cultural offerings, and outdoors activities, it’s not hard to see why Tuscany is popular as a retirement destination. ©

For many people, Tuscany embodies all that is Italy. Here you’ll find the quintessential landscape of dreamy hill towns and cypress trees that seems to come straight from a quattrocento masterpiece. Tuscany is lovely, with an almost endless supply of towns and villages just begging you to linger.

Tuscany or Toscana (its name in Italian) is the fifth largest of Italy’s 20 regions, located slightly north of the center of the peninsula, with a long stretch of Mediterranean coast. It encompasses 8,800 square miles and has a population of 3.7 million. The region is broken down into 10 provinces: Massa Carrara, Lucca, Pisa, Livorno,…

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