According to a recent report conducted by leading overseas property portal, TheMoveChannel.com, Italian property is now the third most popular in the world, receiving more enquiries than both Spain and Portugal.
Following a slight dip in popularity at the end of 2013, the Italian property market has enjoyed a promising start to the year. The report shows the number of enquiries received for Italian property rose 7% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous three months and throughout April 2014 with Italy’s bargainous prices helping the nation become the third most popular destination among house hunters looking for ‘La Dolce Vita’.
Food tourism is a huge draw for visitors to the country and is the first and foremost in expenditure: 67.5% attend restaurants and pizzerias, spending on average €16 per person, and 68.3% are entertained in bars, cafes, and bakeries, consuming about €6 per day. Many buy their food and drinks in supermarkets and shops (60.4% at around €23), while 32% of visitors choose to bring home souvenirs of local food and wine, spending about €10 per head.
Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, founder of family-run Italian fractional ownership company Appassionata based in Le Marche comments,
“Indeed, Italy’s racy love affair with foreign property buyers continues despite the tumultuous economic times experienced over the last few years. Buyers are returning in their droves to live la dolce vita and find second homes offering something more than just bricks and mortar.
“In comparison to other traditional European second home destinations Italy offers superb added value. The cuisine and wine alone is a huge draw bringing food tourists and potential property purchasers to Italy to find their perfect pad in gastronomy heaven. Indeed here at Appassionata, we combine the cuisine that Le Marche region is famous for with a luxury holiday home setting which has proved extremely popular with buyers from as far afield as Canada, the USA and South Africa.”
Sympathetically restored from rustic farmhouses by interior designer Dawn and her family, one of the key attractions of Casa Giacomo and Casa Leopardi, located on the delightful 5 acre Estate Giacomo Leopardi, is the share of the produce which includes the a truffle orchard, lavender plantation, olive groves and a vineyard large enough to produce 5,000 bottles of wine per year.
“Last week we finished the first wine bottling for Estate Giacomo Leopardi, complete with our own Appassionata designed labels and seals. It was very exciting to see the first bottle coming off the machine, especially as our whole family had planted the baby vines just 4 years ago, 2,500 vines by hand!”
In addition to the Estate’s organic red and white wines, Appassionata has also introduced a new VIP service for fractional share owners, offering a top local chef to make and deliver delicious locally grown, organic dishes to the Appassionata properties.
So for those property hunters looking for a tasty offer why not check out 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom Casa Leopardi . With only one share remaining at £195,000 Casa Leopardi is a must see boasting its own private swimming pool and surrounded by terraces for outdoor dining, the property offers a level of luxury that most holiday home owners can only dream of.