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Vieste in the Puglia Region of Italy

Retire in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 15, 2023

Summary: Retirees are often attracted to Italy for its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine. Italy is also known for its mild climate, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit in the winter and spring, and the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit in the summer and fall.

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What is it like to retire in Italy?

"Retirees in Italy and its surroundings enjoy a high quality of life thanks to the country’s rich cultural attractions, natural beauty and delicious cuisine. With its unique climate and laid-back atmosphere, Italy provides retirees with ample opportunities for recreation and leisure activities. Expats can take advantage of a vibrant arts, music and theatre scene, explore landmarks and monuments, and also take advantage of its many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and kayaking in the numerous national parks and coastline areas. For those looking for more nightlife and entertainment, Italy's capital, Rome, and other big cities offer plenty of choices, including pubs and clubs, live music, and local theaters. There is also a thriving expat community, making the transition to living in Italy easier and more enjoyable," said a person in Italy.

"We are connected to ex-pats in near towns. We live in a quiet hill town which is a beach resort in the summer with music and activies. There are religious and cultural festivals and film and music festivals. We work an olive/fruit grove, go to the beach and hike in the mountains. I also volunteer and participate in local archeology work and we enjoy food preparation and preservation. We are within 2 hours of Rome and 1 hour of Naples by train giving unlimited activities," remarked one retiree in Minturno.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

Vieste in the Puglia Region of Italy

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