Italian estate agents continue to report rising demand for larger homes with outdoor spaces, as the coronavirus lockdown and the rise of remote working has changed many buyers’ priorities.
If you’re among those turning their backs on cramped city life and looking for a more spacious Italian home, you may be wondering where to start your search and which areas offer the best value for money.
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Unsurprisingly things get cheaper the further you are from large cities, according to data from property listings website idealista.
“Far from metropolitan cities it is much easier to find more spacious apartments or even villas with gardens at much lower prices than in urban centers such as Rome and Milan,Bologna, Florence or Turin,” Idealista writes in a new report mapping.the 21 Italian provinces have an average selling price per square meter under 1000 euros.
So where should bargain-hunters start looking?
Southern provinces feature heavily, with five in Sicily alone where homes sell for under 1,000 euros per square metre on average: Caltanissetta, Enna, Agrigento, Ragusa and Syracuse.
But the cheapest province in the country isn’t in the south at all: the picturesque province of Biella, Piedmont, was found to have the lowest average price per square metre at just 650 euros.
Three other Piedmontese provinces also feature in the list: Vercelli, Alessandria, and Asti.
The map below shows the 21 cheapest provinces according to Idealista.
The list also features four provinces in rural Calabria, and two in Molise.
The popular southern summer holiday region of Puglia scraped just one entry, with prices in the southern province of Lecce averaging 985.19 euros per square metre.
Meanwhile there were two entries in Rome's Lazio region: Rieti and Frosinone.