January is traditionally the time of year when we spend most time looking at holiday brochures and planning our summer break. It’s because the weather is cold, the mood at work is subdued and all the fun of the festive season has left us wanting more excitement.
Well, what could be more exciting that looking at prospectuses and websites for holiday homes for sale in one of the most romantic and stunningly beautiful parts of the world instead - namely Italy?
Indeed, Italy has one of the top ten tourism based economies in the world according to the World Travel and Tourism Council and this fact comes as no surprise because the nation has just so much appeal. On the one hand it has 7,600 km of Mediterranean kissed coastline – that’s almost as much as Spain and France…put together! It has historic cities in abundance from Pisa to Venice, from Florence to Rome, it has a dramatically rolling rural interior, shopping, culture, art and fine cuisine in abundance…and what’s more, its property market in many areas of the country offers up affordable holiday home stock.
Sure – locations such as Umbria and Tuscany have become overpriced and overpopulated with British buyers of rural, rundown renovation projects turning these regions into highly desirable, very refined havens! But if that sort of atmosphere doesn’t take your fancy or the inflated price tags don’t fit your budget then fear not. Instead look to neighbouring regions and lesser explored areas, move a little further away from the airports serviced by cheap flight operators from across Europe and you’ll suddenly fund an abundance of diverse property stock, some of which will most certainly appeal to your tastes and finances!
Consider Abruzzo, Puglia and Molise for as much charm and beauty as Tuscany or look to the western coast especially the Amalfi coast for the most stunning locations in all of Europe. For accessible city break locations, all of the famous northern cities have good international airport links, a wealth of apartment stock and some of the best restaurants and historic sites, shopping haunts and cultural delights in the world!
If you’re worried about getting a return on your holiday home in Italy then get an apartment in a city, a coastal villa or a rural retreat offering seclusion but stunning views and you have a gold mine of an investment asset that you can let long or short term and then enjoy yourself whenever the mood takes you for a getaway in a romantic setting where the air is clear, the climate is kind, the views are stunning and the nature of the land is passionate and beautiful.
Rhiannon Williamson writes about buying property abroad and international investment property worldwide, to read more about property in Italy visit her site http://www.shelteroffshore.com