What Are Homes Like in... Italy?

What Are Homes Like in... Italy?

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
16th March 2015 (Last updated on Friday 19th January 2018)

Amiamo l'Italia! Translation? ‘We Love Italy' – and we really do. There's something so romantic about the language, and the stunning scenery and warm weather helps too.

Could you imagine yourself making the move and emigrating to the real la dolce vita? If you're thinking of moving to Italy, let's take a look at the type of properties you could purchase there.

Flat Buildings (Palazzo di Appartmenti)

Palazzo di Appartmenti - International removals

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Around half of all properties in Italy are flats. This is due to the large volume of housing required in and around Italy's major cities.

These buildings are generally 5 to 7 floors high, with flat roofs and balconies to provide outside space for each apartment. The ground floor is usually leased for commercial use, such as a bar, restaurant or shop. The first floor is therefore undesirable, as its right above the busy street-level space, and as a result is often used for offices.

If you would like to live in one of Italy's major towns or cities, look for an apartment on a high floor, this will be quieter and you'll get much more light. Though be aware, the higher the floor the higher the price for the same sized apartment.

Terraced Houses (Casa a Schiera)

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Italian suburbs and small villages are littered with small, quaint streets of traditional terraced properties and the odd detached home.

These terraced buildings are often what us Brits imagine when we think of property in Italy. Admit it, you thought of a hundred year old beige, plastered home with a balcony and plenty of plant pots, right?

Italian terraces aren't very wide, but they can be very long and cover a number of different floors. They come with their own small garden or courtyard, but parking is at a minimum. The small street simply weren't made for cars, but why would you need one? You'll never want to leave if your home looks this pretty.

Villas (Villetta)

Villas (Villetta) - International removals

Today ‘villetta' is a term used to describe any small detached house, but it is conventionally used to describe a country home or retreat for the rich and powerful. These humungous homes let their owners escape city life without having to compromise on the luxuries they were accustomed too.

Modern villas come in all shapes and sizes. They are often in Tuscan or Mediterranean style, and many are still influenced by the Spanish architecture which inspired so many mansions in the past. Looking for a villa for your family? Then expect to see flat or gabled red tile roofs, tall, arched windows and plenty of outside space.


Italian Chalets

Like in many mountainous areas, chalets are extremely common in the Italian Alps. Made completely of wood, with exposed beams and often open plan living, these properties are surrounded on all sides by a wrap-around balcony with ornately designed rails.

Chalets are built this way in order to adapt to the changing seasons and extreme weather conditions found here. The design of a chalet means it can withstand high winds and cold, because it traps heat in during the colder months and keeps the home cool during the summer.

Chalets are typically used for ski holiday accommodation, though they are also used as residential homes.

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Ciao! Buon viaggio!

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