Tips on what to do before you make an offer on a property in Italy

Buying property abroad can be fraught with pitfalls. IB International Real Estate experts share professional advice on how to prepare for the purchase of your dream home in Italy. 


Property inspection

Once you have found a property that you wish to purchase, it’s a good idea to bring in an architect or engineer to do a professional assessment of the state of the property as well as the floor plans to make sure they are in compliance.

While there is no official property inspection during the purchase process in Italy, it is very common for buyers to get their assessment done just before making an offer and most sellers will agree to this.


Attainment of a ‘Codice Fiscale’ (individual tax code)

If you don’t already have one, you will need to apply for a ‘codice fiscale’ which is a personal tax identification number. This can be obtained from L’Agenzia delle Entrate, Italy’s national tax agency.


Selection of a ‘Notaio’ (Notary / Lawyer)

In a property sale, the buyer chooses which notary they will use for the sale. The notary operates under a strict code of conduct and is a registered officer of the Italian state. It is a good idea to find a notary early so that they can begin working on all the necessary documents.

If you don’t speak Italian, it is advisable to find a notary who speaks some English. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you don’t speak Italian then it will be necessary to have the ‘Atto Notarile’ (Act of Sale) officially translated into English. In addition to this, it may also be necessary to have an official licensed live translator during the ‘Atto Notarile’.


Contact the IB International Real Estate team for free professional advice and expert property finding services for buyers.

Where to buy castles in Italy?

If you’re dreaming of a luxury property with an aristocratic touch, an Italian castle just might be the perfect solution. From a romantic family residence full of enchantment and historical charm to a lucrative business investment generating sizeable profits, a historic Italian castle offers a wide range of personal and business opportunities:

  • world class private residence;
  • boutique hotel;
  • weddings and corporate events venue;
  • wellness clinic, rehabilitation center, spa;
  • personal care retirement home or senior living facility;
  • equestrian center;
  • individually owned luxury condos or residences;
  • Exclusive offices or business headquarters.

5 Ideal Italian Castle Locations:

Zoagli, Liguria

Castello Canevaro is situated on the evocative Ligurian coastline overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio, a region in the Italian Riviera renowned for its beautiful towns such as Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Sestri Levante. The castle has direct access to the sea and the Arenella beach, a small natural jewel set between Mediterranean vegetation and the rocks. Surrounding the castle is a magnificent park that gently slopes down to the cliff edge. The views from every corner are spectacular with absolute dominion over the coastline and the sea.

Saluzzo, Piedmont

The castle of Saluzzo, originally a 15th-century fortification for a marquisate, is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley and the medieval town. With its two grand defining towers, numerous arches and vaults and a beautiful park with gardens, the property also includes a private chapel of exquisite workmanship. With 25 elegant bedrooms, dining rooms, and main salons, the property also includes a 300 square meter Spa, a swimming pool, solarium, and lemon house. Equipped with an elevator and 50 parking spaces, this property offers a wealth of possibilities.

Sassoferrato, the Marche Region

The prestigious Abbey Complex consists of a Monastery, a Canonical House and the Church of Santa Croce. Recently partially restored to its former glory, the property covers an area of about 3,000 square meters magnificently incorporated into a park of 36,800 square meters. The Canonical House is part of the property built by the Counts of Acts Lords of Sassoferrato in the later part of the 12th century for the Camaldolese monks. It is one of the most important testimonies of Romanesque architecture in the region. 

Gorle, Lombardy

The Castle of Gorle, originally from 1200, is the result of the careful restoration work carried out in collaboration with the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage of Lombardy. The property consists of a main house of 750 square meters, with an elevator leading up to the top of the tower, and a secondary house. It is surrounded by an expertly landscaped ancient park as well as a swimming pool and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys.

Cuneo, Piedmont

The castle of the Marquises of Saluzzo, built in the 14th century, is located on top of a rocky hill in a panoramic position overlooking the surrounding valley. The castle, equipped with the typical drawbridge and four corner towers of the central keep, recalls a classic medieval manor. The property consists of two residential levels connected by a large monumental stone staircase and two spectacular central galleries. There are 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and 2 main salons.

Mercato immobiliare residenziale a Milano in crescita del 31% nel 2021

Le tendenze del mercato immobiliare italiano

Secondo il rapporto Italy Residential biannual snapshot May 2021 (JLL), gli acquirenti stanno investendo attivamente in immobili residenziali nel nord Italia, in particolare a Milano ma anche a Roma.

Negli ultimi due anni il volume delle transazioni finanziarie per l’acquisto di residenze private in Italia, sia da parte di acquirenti nazionali sia internazionali, ha raggiunto i 210 milioni di euro.


Milano: leader per crescita nel mercato immobiliare residenziale

Milano è in testa nell’attività di acquisto: nel 2021 sono state registrate 13.000 operazioni di vendita, con una crescita del 31%.

Nel centro di Milano un metro quadrato di immobile residenziale può raggiungere gli 8.900 euro mentre il valore medio per la metropoli è di circa 4.000 euro al metro quadrato.

I progetti di ristrutturazione e riqualificazione di alcune aree della capitale della moda sono diventati un catalizzatore per la crescita del mercato immobiliare residenziale. I buyer hanno riservato particolare attenzione ai progetti di sviluppo e miglioramento in aree quali San Siro, Porta Romana, Santa Giulia, Parco Adriano e Roncaglia, Villoresi, Trivulzio.


Roma: prosegue senza sosta l’aumento della richiesta da parte degli acquirenti

Tradizionalmente, gli immobili nei quartieri centrali della capitale italiana sono i più richiesti. Il costo al metro quadro di un immobile di prestigio raggiunge il livello di 7.000 euro. Nel primo trimestre del 2021 il numero delle transazioni è aumentato del 42%.


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Italy, + 30% of requests for luxury property due to “flat tax”

The demand for luxury properties is growing: from Milan to Lake Como, Liguria to Tuscany and Rome, requests have recently grown by 30% thanks to the “flat tax”. First introduced in 2017, the flat tax has only just begun to have a dramatic influence on the market which is evident in the numbers from 2019.


What is “flat tax”?

The flat rate tax of 100.000 euros is basically a “flat tax” for foreigners who plan to settle in Italy. The scheme was introduced in 2017 as as a way to encourage the movement of capital into Italy by attracting both Italian and foreign high-net-worth individuals who are residing abroad. The effects are only just beginning to unfold. When the tax was first rolled out two years ago, it has been argued that Italy did not advertise it forcefully enough internationally and so only now are wealthy foreigners becoming aware of this opportunity. 

Those who intend to transfer their tax residence to Italy are offered a substitute tax on income generated abroad with a flat rate of 100.000 euros for each annual tax period.  


What are the benefits for family members?

The flat-rate regime can also be extended to one or more family members who meet the requirements. It is possible through a specific indication in the tax return relating to the tax period in which the family member transfers the tax residence to Italy. In this case, the substitute tax is equal to 25.000 euros for each family member to whom the effects of the same option are extended.


Who are the buyers?

The new residents in Italy are mostly northern Europeans, including many French, Russian and Ukrainians, many of whom come from London, or who have Swiss, French or Bulgarian residences that are no longer convenient.


What kind of properties are in demand?

The foreign clients who transfer residence to Italy for the flat tax often buy luxury properties – the so-called “trophy assets”. There are also opportunities to rent prestigious properties in the high-end rent bracket. The trend is mainly focused in the cities of Florence, Rome and Milan where luxury penthouses with panoramic views are always in demand, as well as coastal areas and large historic residences in the country.

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