Retiring in Italy: The 7 Best Places to Retire in Italy
By Betsy Burlingame
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We have retired to Minturno, near Formia, a port for Ponza. This is the southern most town in Lazio. The beach is fantastic. The housing is cheap, the people are friendly. The train to Rome and Naples stops in town. There are local markets but access to large shopping centers if you desire. We are welcomed by the community. No I don't sell real estate, but I can't say enough about our new home to express how happy we are here.
Thank you for the wonderful descriptions of places to retire in Italy. It would be helpful to know the approximate monthly cost to live in these areas.
I have retired in the West Riviera. There are many very inexpensive places to live in Italy but one should consider that the places near big cities or on the ocean are much more expensive. We bought a place here 15 years ago so it was paid for by the time we retired. One should consider access to trains and medical care when deciding location as these will be needed when you get on in years. As you will not be near family you should make arrangements for old age housing later in life. Italy can be a paradise but you must learn Italian if you are to take part in village life. Very few people outside big cities speak English. It's not expensive in small towns and you can still buy an apartment for 50-75,000€ in smaller towns. Rents in rural areas can be 150-300 per month for a two bedroom but utilities are very high and vary based on location. You should also be sure to calculate the cost of travel into your yearly expenses as most people take an annual trip back to the US. Airports are only in the largest cities so if you live further away flying can be a hassle that involves a two hour drive. I've lived here for 10 years now and have to say its the best decision I ever made-but it may not be for everyone.
Has anyone retired from the US to Trieste? I am seriously considering doing this in about 4 years and would appreciate any input. Thanks very much.
How can I find out more about the RE? How can I find job if I decide to move before retirement?