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How you can claim €2,000 off the cost of getting married in Rome

After two years of uncertainty about whether wedding plans can go ahead in Italy due to the pandemic, local authorities are now offering to pay towards the cost of holding your wedding in or around the capital.

How you can claim €2,000 off the cost of getting married in Rome
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The Italian region of Lazio, which includes Rome, has announced it is offering up to €2,000 to couples who get married there this year.

Regional authorities have allocated a total fund of €10 million ($11 million) for couples to spend on goods and services from wedding suppliers based in the region, in the hope of stimulating the highly lucrative sector.

The campaign, called Nel Lazio Con Amore (In Lazio with Love) is aimed at couples planning weddings or civil unions to take place in Lazio in 2022. 

Couples who successfully apply can be reimbursed for the cost of anything from flowers and rings to photography and even catering (though the latter is covered only up to a maximum of €700).

The region will cover up to a total of €2,000 in costs overall under the scheme, which it hopes will see couples splashing a far larger amount of cash in the region – the average cost of a wedding in Italy is now estimated at €30.000, not including the money spent by guests.

The region will reimburse payments been made between December 14th, 2021 and January 31st, 2023. The payments must be made in person by traceable means (so not in cash) and you’ll need to show a receipt that specifies the payment is for wedding services.

The funds will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis until the €10 million is used up.

Applications for the grant are open to both Italian and foreign couples, though the campaign website is available in Italian only and the application for funding must be submitted in Italian.

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Revealed: The most expensive places in Italy to buy a house in 2022

Many factors are at play when deciding where to purchase a home in Italy. To help you decide, here are the most expensive and sought-after locations in Italy, according to the latest data.

Revealed: The most expensive places in Italy to buy a house in 2022

Searching for the right property in Italy involves a balancing act of location, price, convenience and how much, if any, restoration work needs to be done.

Budget usually tops the list for house-hunters, narrowing down the number of potentials for making your move to or within Italy.

If the entire country is your blank slate, here are the areas in Italy that rank as the most expensive – and desired – according to data from property portal Idealista for the first quarter of 2022.

The report ranks the top 100 municipalities according to popularity, based on those listings generating the most leads (email contacts and shares) and those where the average final sale price is highest.

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Taking the top spot for the most expensive place to buy in Italy is Pietrasanta in Versilia, in the province of Lucca, which the researchers also state holds first place in the top 100 most expensive places to rent a house too.

This area includes the playground of the rich, Forte dei Marmi, where the average selling price of a house is over half a million euros (€541,351).

The table below shows the full ranking.

In second place is Alassio, in the province of Savona, where homebuyers will on average shell out €467,019 for a residential property (again, valid for the first quarter of 2022).

Venice comes in at third place, where the average asking price is €433,640.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: The hidden costs of buying a home in Italy

In the top 10 spots, the report noted that the most expensive properties are in tourist resorts, possibly driven by those wanting second homes in popular locations.

Such locations include Lerici, Riccione, Desenzano del Garda, Camaiore and Cervia, while the cities of Florence and Milan, where average sale prices exceed €350,000, have also made the top 10.

The study revealed that the final average price of a house for sale in Rome is €273,341.

Researchers also looked at popularity of locations, based on pressure of demand on supply across Italy.

Bologna topped the charts, making it the city with the highest number of contacts per advert (4.7) of houses for sale published on idealista. Cagliari followed in second with 3.8 contacts per advert and Milan (3.4 contacts per advert). Trieste, Naples, Rome, Salerno, Brescia, Verona and Lecce also made the top 10.

READ ALSO: 15 insider tips to make living in Bologna even better

Here’s a selection of the most popular places to buy in Italy based on the report data, narrowed down to the top 20.

See more in The Local’s Italian property section.

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