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Tuscany

Tuscany is traditionally one of the most popular areas for foreign property buyers to invest in Italy and it encompasses major cities such as Florence, Pisa and Siena. This being the case, property prices are at a premium in this area and it is easy to see why.

Tuscany is well known for the rolling landscape and medieval villages containing small farmhouses. The northern area of Tuscany is considered to be the most mountainous region and this is an area where you could potentially pick up a bargain property. Property in the hill towns such as Bagni di Lucca and Barga are considered to be sound investments. The Tuscany coast offers arguably the best and certainly the longest beaches in Italy and contains numerous exclusive resorts with easy access to Pisa and Florence.

Umbria

Umbria is a neighbouring region to the more illustrious Tuscany, and in many ways the two regions are very similar. However, Umbria does not have the worldwide reputation of Tuscany so property prices are generally cheaper in the area than neighbouring Tuscany. The main city within the region is Perugia and although the city has a major airport, the low cost airlines have yet to introduce flight plans to Perugia. The introduction of low cost flights to the area would likely increase property values significantly and is a strong reason for reason for investing.

The landscape in Umbria is similar to Tuscany, with rolling green countryside and more rugged mountainous regions to the north. Umbria is well known in gastronomic circles for its production of excellent olive oils and truffles are a regional speciality.

Property in Umbria tends to be more expensive in tourist regions such as Orvieto and Assisi in the south, whilst you will be most likely to pick up a bargain investment in the northern towns such as Umbertide or Citta di Castello.

Italian Lakes

The great lakes of northern Italy offer some of the finest scenery in the whole of Italy and for this reason the property is in high demand and it will usually be sold for a premium. The two most popular of Italy's lakes are Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.

Lake Como is the third largest of Italy's lakes and is noted for the clear water and beautiful backdrop of the Alps. The area has been popular for centuries amongst composerís poets and artisans and it can currently boast a number of high profile residents. The area has a richly deserved reputation for outstanding beauty and this has driven prices and demand for property sky high.

Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and is located between the Lombardia and Piemont regions. Surrounding the lake there are a number of very popular resort towns, amongst them Verbania, Baveno and Stresa which are all conveniently 45 minutes from Milan by road. For this reason, a number of Milanese have targeted the area for holiday homes and this has helped to inflate the prices of housing surrounding the Lake Maggiore region.

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