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Homes in Le Marche

This central Italian gem still offers much lower-priced property than neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria. Its unspoilt landscapes and easy-going lifestyle are hard not to fall in love with, says Fleur Kinson.

LIVING ITALIA!

Goldilocks knew that perfection often lies not at the extremes but in the middle. For many homebuyers, central Italy is neither ‘too north’ nor ‘too south’ and is ‘just right’. Industrious northern sophistication and slow-paced southern dreaminess seem to reach a lovely balance here. Then of course there’s the wonderful climate, architecture, culture and lifestyle of the whole area. No wonder so many people love Italy’s centre. But of central Italy’s three main regions – Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche – the first two are still far better known than the last.

Le Marche has all the stunning landscapes and handsome buildings you’d expect to find in Tuscany and Umbria; it has all the fine food, warm communities and easy way of life you’d look for in its central Italian neighbours. But it lacks the summer overcrowding. And it generally lacks the high property prices too.

It’s easy to fall in love with Le Marche’s landscapes. It’s an overwhelmingly rural region, and many of its natural spaces have the fetching, tidy look of a series of large gardens. And there’s so much physical variety packed into this region. Its eastern edge is a long line of clean, honey-gold beaches gently sloping into the warm and shallow Adriatic. A short distance inland, you enter an expansive tranquil world of verdant hills, prettily manicured into fields and crowned with ancient towns and villages. Head to the region’s western and southwestern extremes, and the hills become low, shapely mountains with wonderful walking trails and magnificent views.

The Marchigiani are an easy-going but orderly bunch who like to keep their towns as well-maintained as their countryside. You’ll find the centres of villages and towns here well-kept and well-preserved. Le Marche is a prosperous and productive place, but one with a noticeably gentle pace of life. You can take your time here, and stop to smell the roses.

With a low population density, a very low crime rate and a particularly lively annual calendar of local festivals to bring people together, Le Marche offers an extremely high quality of life. Little wonder then that the region has been drawing many discerning homebuyers and retirees from other countries over the past 20 years.

The people of Le Marche look after their towns

THE MARKET STORY

Le Marche’s initial appeal to international property buyers was that it was a much cheaper place to buy a home than Tuscany and Umbria, and this is still the case, with prices perhaps 30% lower on average across Le Marche than they are across Tuscany. Ten years ago, the long tail of the international financial crisis began to sweep across Le Marche as it did across all other Italian regions, and the sudden absence of foreign buyers very slowly brought prices down by about 15% over the next few years.

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About Italia!

Whether you’re planning an imminent adventure or settling down for some armchair travel, we’ve plenty of travel inspiration this month. Come with us on a weekend in Milan, exploring the familiar and the unexpected, and on a visit to Franciacorta near Lake Iseo, where vineyards are producing champagne method wines to rival the very best. We also take an in-depth look at life in Le Marche, a captivating region of central Italy that really is rather a hidden secret.