Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Moving to Italy
Information for people moving to Italy for a few months, a few years, or forever (long term rentals or buying a house). How to search for a rental or a property to purchase.
Slow Travel Classifieds - Moving to Italy
Before you start looking at real estate or long term rentals, use these resources to find out about living in Italy.
Ex-pats in Italy: www.expatsinitaly.com
The Informer: www.informer.it
English Yellow Pages: www.intoitaly.it
Transitions Abroad: www.transitionsabroad.com
The American Online: www.theamericanmag.com
SlowTravel - Living Slow in Italy
Long Term Rentals
A long term rental is any rental over three months. You can expect the price for a long term rental to be much cheaper than the weekly rate for a vacation rental - less than half what would be charged for one month of weekly rentals. I have a friend who rented an apartment in Florence (in 2002) for $1,000/month (furnished). I have heard of apartments in the countryside for about $700/month (2bed/1bath furnished). Outside of the cities or Tuscany and central Umbria, you can probably even do better.
Many long term rentals in Italy are furnished. Be sure you know exactly what you are getting. I have heard of some rentals where the tenant owns the kitchen equipment and takes that with them.
I have heard that Italians prefer to rent to non-Italians, because there are strict laws in Italy that protect renters. It is harder to evict an Italian renter, even if they don't pay the rent. So a non-Italian is easier for them to deal with.
There are several ways to go about finding a long term rental.
If you are selecting a rental that you will be in for six months to a year, it might be better to just do a trip to Italy with a vacation rental booked for a week or two and find your long term rental in person. This works best if going off season.
Buying a House
Everyone on the message board agrees that the best thing to do is pick the area where you want to find a house, go there and find a local agent.
The following are links to a few real estate agencies in Italy. Real estate agencies can sometimes help with long term rentals. To find real estate agencies, google the term in Italian - immobiliare.
www.casa.it: large real estate agency for Italy
www.tecnocasa.com: large real estate agency - site in Italian
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