Pre-pandemic: a recently common term in our uncommon world which refers to things as they were in our global society before March 11th, 2020 when the Novel Coronavirus Disease was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Prior to March of this year, about eight years prior, I began photo-documenting Italian neighborhoods all across Ame...

Admit it – it’s been on your mind since that first viewing of “Under the Tuscan Sun” … owning your own magical villa in the lush Italian countryside surrounded by singing birds and plentiful wine. After all, who amongst us wouldn’t relish “la bella vita” under our own clay tile roof somewhere in Italy? Dreams aside, many who are realistically consi...

Inheritance tax must be paid by residents in Italy under certain conditions, that will be described below, when they inherit property - both real estate and movable property - wherever this heritage may be located (therefore also on assets held abroad). The Italian inheritance tax concerns not only the assets of Italian citizens, but also all asset...

American Meredith Tabbone bought a house “for one Euro” in a sparsely populated city in Sicily and told about how much housing cost. She responded to an ad for houses in Italy since her great-grandfather lived in the commune of Sambuca di Sicilia. Many Italian cities do not have enough residents, so the authorities regularly offer tourists to buy h...

A brief introduction:  my name is Paolo and I am a realtor in the US (Maryland and DC). I also bought a property by financing it in Bolsena,  Italy and a know a thing or two about mortgages. When I applied for the mortgage (2007), lending regulations where pretty relaxed, but that is not the case anymore. However right now, after the pandemic,  you...

It is the dream of many: becoming the owner of a beautiful home in Italy. An apartment in the center of Rome, a townhouse in mesmerizing Milan, a rooftop pad in artistic Florence: but how much would that cost us? We’ve recently looked into real estate prices in Italy’s largest cities, finding out that, unsurprisingly, Rome and Milan are the most ex...

Ocean Drive, (formerly Ocean Dreams) the latest ‘Miami-inspired’ double tower apartment complex in Coney Island at 3514 Surf Avenue, will have a D’Agostino supermarket on the ground floor. Plans are in place for the store to open by the Fall, developer and CEO of Red Apple Group, John Catsimatidis tells us.  “We are going to have a staff meeting in...

Casa Travella was founded in 1987 by Linda & Pietro Travella to make buying property in Italy easier and more accessible. It was one of the first companies to offer a full after sales service to its clients. The company is run by Linda Travella,  Linda speaks and teaches Italian and has been involved in the Italian way of life for over 25 years, sh...

The global pandemic has put a halt to many travel experiences, including the rush to snap up Italian homes at bargain prices, but now that some places are emerging from restrictions, the country's one-dollar home bonanza seems to be back on. And the deals seem to be better than ever. Cinquefrondi, a community in the southern region of Calabria, cal...

When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy. Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic spot in a beautiful...