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The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Fori Imperiali…the mere mention of them provokes images of a cappuccino in a chic Rome property overlooking some of the world’s most famous attractions.

The Eternal City needs little introduction, for this is truly one of the world’s great destinations, boasting millennia of art, culture, history and tradition second to none. While it is quite possible to find affordable property in Italy’s capital, Rome apartments for sale will typically cost from €1,500 per sq m. But high-end villas and palazzos have pushed the average price for property in Rome to €7,800 per sq m, second only to Venice at 2009-10 prices. That said, if you do invest in real estate in the Eternal City it is guaranteed to offer superb rental prospects it is always teeming with visitors from all over the world.

On the other hand, many investors keen on buying Rome property or nearby are happy to look outside the city capital, to villas and farmhouses in towns and villages in Lazio’s scenic, open countryside from which Rome is within easy reach.

If you do decide to buy property in Rome, apartments for sale in popular areas such as Salaria, Parioli, Gianicolo and Trastevere are perhaps the priciest, with Trastevere and Gianicolo not far behind. But whether buying for yourself or to rent out, try to find somewhere within easy reach of a Metro station and ideally with a balcony.

If looking further afield, north of Rome lie the beautiful lakes of Bolsena, Bracciano and Vico. The unspoilt countryside around Lake Bolsena in particular has become very popular with Italian and overseas house buyers but still remains more affordable than neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria.

The largest town in this area is Viterbo, which is historic and has a lovely, well-preserved medieval centre. Other picturesque towns that may be just the thing if you are happy to settle for a property near Rome include Bagnoregio, Tuscania, Vulci and Tarquinia. The latter two house impressive Etruscan ruins. The Sabine Hills, about an hour’s drive north-east out of the capital, have in recent years attracted numerous buyers from northern Europe. Prices here can start from just €125,000 at 2009-10 prices.

South of Rome the landscape is sun-baked and parched, in contrast to the green rolling hills north of the capital. Here, Lake Albano and the Albano Hills are possibly the most attractive areas, featuring picturesque towns such as Palestrina and Frascati. Lazio also has a 60-mile coast, with attractive resorts such as Speralonga, Nettuno and Anzio. Just off the coast are the beautiful cluster of Pontine Islands.

If you are interested in Rome property you may also want to take a look at:
Abruzzo property | Amalfi coast real estate | Molise property | Puglia property | Sardinia property | Tuscany property | Umbria property


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