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Homes in Tuscany

Long adored for its lyrical countryside and its jewel-like cities full of art, Tuscany is the first choice of many homebuyers in Italy. Prices and market conditions are currently very favourable, says Fleur Kinson.

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There was a time, within the last couple of decades, when one in three visitors to Italy was a visitor to Tuscany. This powerfully beautiful region has long proven hard to resist, and it still is. The enticements are just too numerous. If you like to sigh over glorious architecture and admire great art, there’s Florence and Siena for a start. If you long to roam idyllic rolling countryside striped with vineyards and zigzagged with lines of cypress trees, there are all the delights of the Chianti Hills and the Val d’Orcia to name but two areas. Want to laze on gilded beaches beside a turquoise and cobalt Mediterranean? Tuscany has a gorgeous coast plus a clutch of offshore island gems. There’s the wine, the food, the climate…

Quite simply, there are dozens of reasons to make a beeline to Tuscany, and the region’s popularity comes as no surprise.

Tuscany set in motion the whole modern phenomenon of non-Italians buying homes in rural Italy. About forty years ago, a pioneering wave of Brits and other northern European nationalities began buying cheap old farmhouses in the Chianti Hills north of Siena and converting them into chic retreats. The area soon became a fashionable rustic bolthole for the rich and famous, and bit by bit the local property prices inched up and up until central Tuscany reputedly had the highest-priced rural property in the world. Gosh. But markets tend not to stay still, and to keep mutating with time. So don’t let the old ‘highest-priced rural property in the world’ accolade put you off! While Tuscany still has some very expensive homes, high prices are by no means the whole story in this region.

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