Italy is consistently among the European countries most suitable for retirees, which is increasingly popular among older Germans, Britons and Americans. In the Apennines they are attracted primarily by the favorable climate, level, style and high life expectancy, as well as the quality of medical care.
An important role is also played by the fact that it is possible to obtain a residence permit in Italy for pensioners if they confirm the availability of sufficient funds for permanent residence in the country. For a family of two people, this amount is about 50 thousand euros per year, and it includes not only pensions themselves, but also any other documented income – including from renting out real estate. Owning a home in Italy is not a basis for granting a residence permit, but it usually acts as a favorable factor.
However, before deciding to move to Italy, it is advisable to already have an idea of which regions of the country are best suited for this purpose. According to experts on the Italian real estate portal Idealista.it, there are six of them, and each of them has certain advantages.
The southernmost region of Italy may be an ideal place for those retirees who prioritize the cost of goods and services. However, the matter is not limited to budget prices alone. Sicily has a favorable climate with mostly warm winters, a leisurely lifestyle, and world-famous cuisine. The equally famous Sicilian mafia still exists, but peaceful foreigners are not included in its sphere of interests.
Puglia has almost the same characteristics, among the settlements of which are Monopoli, Brindisi and Bari. Local towns and villages are not often visited by noisy tourists, which is not the least important for older people. Another undoubted advantage of this area is that the locals are very friendly towards foreigners, even if they do not speak Italian, and are always ready to help them.
In Abruzzo, the attitude towards visitors from abroad is also very friendly, which may be explained by the fact that the foreign diaspora is small compared to many other regions of Italy, and restless tourists are not private guests here. Abruzzo is usually chosen by those seeking peace and solitude among picturesque mountain and seaside landscapes.
Foreigners with high incomes prefer to settle in Tuscany, and retirees are no exception in this regard. The homeland of Chianti – perhaps the most famous Italian dry wine – attracts not only lovers of this drink. It is also suitable for anyone interested in Italian history and culture and who spends a lot of time sightseeing when traveling abroad. The beach season here is not as long as in the south, but the excursion program can be scheduled several years in advance, and it will include not only Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena.
Of all the cities in Lazio, most retirees choose Rome and its immediate suburbs for permanent residence. They mainly do this because of the large selection of medical institutions – both public and private, the prevalence of English and ample opportunities for organizing leisure time. However, it is worth taking into account the high prices of basic goods, services and real estate in Rome and the year-round presence of tourists from all over the world.
Along with Lazio and Tuscany, the standard of living in Lombardy is also one of the highest in Italy. Its capital Milan, which has long had a reputation as the center of Italian fashion, will be the best option for those who have sufficient financial resources and would like to spend the “golden autumn” of life without denying themselves anything. The same statement is true of the settlements around Lake Como, which are considered the most “aristocratic” in Italy.