Unclaimed inheritance With many heir hunting programmes popular on television, there are many reasons to be more aware of your rights as heirs and to inheritance which may be lying unclaimed. This ‘unclaimed inheritance’ consists of a separate asset waiting for an owner. After acceptance, this inheritance becomes part of the assets of the heir […]

A brief guide to property inheritance In the absence of a Will, who inherits my Italian property? If there is no Will, after death the following laws and principles will apply in Italy: • If the deceased was unmarried and without children, his/her parents and brothers and sisters will inherit the estate. • If the […]

From Italy with love Film locations in Bella Italia Italy is synonymous with love and romance and of course let’s not forget films. This Valentine’s day may not be for everyone but one cannot deny that there have been some spectacular films made in Italy over the years which showcase the beauty, diversity and our […]

Where to invest in Italy With the pound remaining strong against the euro, now is as good a time as any to purchase your retirement home in Italy. The strength of sterling allows you to perhaps stretch your original budget where you previously couldn’t a few months ago. With the new year well under way […]

A new year’s resolution in the sun If you are looking forward to the Festivities but realizing that you’ve probably spent more on Christmas presents than you intended to, a new year’s resolution could well be the solution in helping you save money. By buying a property abroad you are not only saving money year […]

Italian ancestry and inheritance Over recent years, tracing your family tree has become popular both through television programmes and our own personal curiosity of the past… … Who wouldn’t like to find they secretly own a villa in Tuscany or an apartment in Venice? These stories do exist and with more and more access to […]

Investing in an off-plan property in Italy Investing in an off-plan property is ideal if you want to follow the whole property development process from start to finish… … it enables you to realize your dream home and add those personal design touches along the way. When a purchaser makes a commitment to buy a […]

Out with the IMU in with Service Tax In recent years the housing tax situation in Italy has been a little confusing to say the least. Now with the introduction of the new “Service Tax” the hope is this one tax will cover all taxes payable to the local authorities. The generic term “Service Tax” […]

Getting on the road in Italy Driving in Italy is not for the faint-hearted but likewise it is a ‘must’ for many expats who retire to the countryside of Italy. Whilst living in the city may not lend itself to the purchasing of a car, living in the sticks in Italy it becomes essential. As […]

Buying your Italian property Whether you are looking to buy a little place for your summer holidays or make a permanent move to Italy the property buying process can be complicated and a little daunting. There are three key stages to the Italian property buying process: Proposta irrevocabile d’acquisto (Reservation offer) Contratto preliminare di vendita (Preliminary […]