Fractional Ownership in Italy: Tips for Prospective Buyers

After reporting the piece Own a Piece of the Dream: Fractional Ownership in Italy and detailing three fractionals in Tuscany, Le Marche and Umbria, I  became a fan of the concept of fractional ownership. That said, it’s a complicated transaction, and the arrangement may not suit everyone. With that in mind, here’s a list of tips before purchasing a fractional in …

Buy a Tuscany Villa / Bed & Breakfast at Auction with No Reserve

Are you in the market to buy a villa in Tuscany? Granted this is still in the “dream” category for most of us, but an intriguing auction taking place later this month just might help one lucky bidder snag an elegant villa in Tuscany for a steal of a price. Villa Sognare, a 26-room villa in the walled town of Barga, will be …

Join Us for a Twitter #italychat on Florence

Dream of Italy (@dreamofitaly) will be hosting #italychat on Twitter on Wednesday, June 1st at 3 p.m. ET. The topic will be Florence and our guest will be Alexandra Korey (@arttrav)! You’re invited to join us by asking questions and/or sharing your own own advice on travel to Florence or expat life in Florence. Alexandra is an art historian turned journalist, blogger, and …

Farm Vacations Grow in Popularity with Italians

As Ferragosto — August 15th, the Italian holiday celebrating the Feast of the Assumption — draws near, vacation farms and agriturismi are expecting full occupancy. Italian news agency ANSA reports that approximately 550,000 overnights are anticipated in the 18,500 holiday farms in Italy over the three-day holiday weekend this year. These numbers may be impressive, but they may not spell …

Buy a Share of Tuscany Through Fractional Ownership

With the lira-euro conversion several years ago and the weakened dollar, the price of Italian real estate for foreigners has skyrocketed. Many of us just assumed that owning a piece of la dolce vita, especially in Tuscany, was out of reach. Maybe not, according to Vera Marie Badertscher, who introduces our readers to the concept of fractional ownership — starting …