The Garden of Italy
Italy had many locations that take the breath away, the Alps and the Lakes of Como and Maggiore spring to mind, but the Val d'Orcia in southern Tuscany can lay claim to the title of the garden of Italy.
What you need to do.
Applying for residency can save you money. Italian residents get substantial tax breaks when buying their first Italian home, and you'll have full access to the Italian health care system. However, there are implications for your personal tax situation, so getting advice is essential before moving forward on your application.
La Stella Cadente - A Farmhouse In Italy
Investing in Italian property is likely to be unknown territory for most second home buyers; a multitude of questions will need answering before any decisions can be made or action taken. A young English couple house hunting in Italy had to make a decision, where the question wasn't to buy, or not to buy; it was more a matter of life and death.
Serving up a taste of Britain
Italy is synonymous with great food, and wine of course, we mustn't forget that. The Italians have dreamt up an infinite variety of mouth watering recipes, enjoyed by food lovers all over the world. They have national dishes, regional dishes, even villages have found fame for a particular bake of bread, a goat's cheese, or a spicy sauce to pour on your pasta. But one village in northern Italy recently had a taste of something it wasn't expecting.