Civilised Italy

Country-loving Britons have sought refuge in the northern Italian hills for years—and still they come. Why? Look to the euro, and to the landscape, and to the wonder-cities nearby.

Lucca: the New Chianti?

From the vineyards threading between Florence and Siena to the popular 'Chianti-shire' and growingly-recognised Lucchesia, Carla Passino locates the varied, but universally desirable hotspots of the Tuscan property market.

Escape to Tuscany

Tuscany has never been more popular with British buyers but good houses are in short supply and restoration can often prove cumbersome.

Venice Sizzles

Carla Passino finds the buyers' market in Venice a tough one as Italians increasingly choose to invest in property.

Spain and the Balearics

Despite the events of September 11, the Spanish property market is booming and, in particular, recent close scrutiny by German tax authorities has meant that opportunities to buy in Mallorca…

Spain: Still the Best Investment

With a constant rate of growth in the number of foreign residents looking to buy second homes, Spain, and particularly Mallorca are wise choices for investment, agree estate agents in…