Arguably more famous than any other of Italy's twenty official regions, Tuscany needs little introduction. In terms of culture, food and climate - not to mention great wines - Tuscany has got them all. If you're looking for a change in lifestyle, this is a great place to find something different.
Tuscany encapsulates the very best of Italian culture, landscapes and quality of life.
"Even if you have never been there, it is one of those places that tugs at the heartstrings," says Sonia Tardetti of the Italian property-finding agency, The Property Organiser.
"Once you have been there, you will start looking for an 'excuse' to move to Italy. And whatever the scale of your Tuscan renovation dream, one thing is clear: there has rarely been a better time to make it come true."
Take Susie Macklem, who bought a country house in Marradi in the Mugello area, north of Tuscany two years ago, and renovated the property from top to bottom into a B&B.
"I relocated to Tuscany in search of a property to purchase in order to develop a bed and breakfast business to run with my friend Diann Norton. We had laughs, cries and a few aches and pains. We painted and fixed up the property, hired a handyman and stumped through the Italian language barrier. Two years into the business, the B&B is making an excellent business here in Italy."
"It is worth taking a moment to point out the obvious, just in case you are in any doubt about this. Tuscany remains an extremely good property investment," adds Tardetti.
"Mugello is an amazing area of Tuscany, as much for the beautiful scenery and relaxing pace of life, as for its proximity to some of the great cities and towns of Italy, including Florence which is only 35km away.
"In this area a typical Tuscan villa with five bedrooms plus can start from €1m. You can get a 3-4 bedroom casale in need of little refurbishment for approximately €300K. Or a two-bedroom apartment can start from €200K.
"Whether you are looking for a permanent or second piece of Tuscan real estate, The Property Organiser Ltd. promise to offer you a large variety of property for sale, not just in the sought-after 'Chiantishire' but also in less expensive areas where you can enjoy some rural dolce vita."
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