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Ciao a tutti! We are on the verge of some life changing decisions and I would like some advice on areas of Italy:We have 3 ( nearly 4) year old boys who have another year before they start full time school in the UK and I have a 'now or never' dec

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 11:27

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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:29

Elisabetta, thanks so much for the recommendation. there are so many lovely parts of Italy. Dixiefitz - I'll give you a generic email and then I'll give you my personal email when we are communicating :)  

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:19

Hi, oh wow, we know that area quite well as we have relatives who live in Marrubiu, Teralba and Arborea.  We found it really difficult to find somewhere to rent in this area, even with the help of a lovely English lady who lives in Marrubiu. The rental market doesn't seem to be advertised on the internet ?! I researched and researched. We are still in the UK as I had to have some NHS appointments ( sorry for the overshare!) but that was all concluded this week and all fine, so we have been in limbo a little bit. We are going on a research trip / hols next week to Puglia to look at some properties but that doesn't mean we are decided on what we are doing by any means. What we *have* decided is that we'll be making a decision in October.Can you private message me with details and maybe some pictures? . 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:08

Hi Steve,thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Ahh yes, what you say makes a lot of sense and I suspected these apparent bargains are there for a reason. We would want country but near to a nice village / small town. I'm not bothered about the coast or mountains. I envisage that when we buy we'll be in it for the long haul as I can't imagine the property market being buoyant. We are after a little piece of Italian lifestyle. I love the buzz of a city, what with being based in London for many years, but in honesty I want life to be simple when we visit in future years and I'm not scared of it being a bit basic. I'm a welsh girl who grew up with ponies, so you can imagine, somewhere rural is in my heart. Internet is an absolute must though and we don't mind paying. Have your contacts listed their properties for sale on any sites? It would be great to see what they are selling and if they'd be looking to possibly rent in the meantime.We are looking for something habitable, I've read up a lot on the region and like anywhere with derelict buildings, I don't want the headache of buying somewhere with structural issues, land slides and other factors. Your life sounds amazing and it must have been a brave move. I take your point, but introducing my twin boys to an Italian preschool doesn't worry me ( they are 4 in September). Their Nonno was Italian, so even if they have fun in Italy for a little while, it'll be a good thng. But please don't hold back on the pros and cons Thanks so much for your reply, I looked at your other posts and you seem like a knowledgable guy.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:45

Hi Georgette, thanks so much, very much appreciated smiley

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 03:34

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. As you can see, I am trying to research THREE possible places to spend the coming year.I agree with stefanaccio, being around my partner's extended Sardinian family would be great in many ways, I've visited them every year for the past 10  years. Great beaches, amazing food and wine from their vinya. My kids will be fluent in Sardo before I know it - haha! I have to say guys, we are looking to spend 6-12 months renting ( I am possibly looking for a (holiday) place to buy in Italy, it's always been my dream) and I'm looking for any leads regarding property and local knowledge of these areas. I think that going to italy for a year would be a brilliant experience for us as a family. Financialy we can do it before the boys start ft school and we knuckle down to life in the UK again. I just can't decide where and I can't seem to get ahead with my research regarding a property to rent. Stefanaccio - Thanks for your consideration and positivity smiley it's not forever, it's a kind of sabbatical before my children start ft school when they are 5 years old. The 4th comment was tongue in cheek as we've decided to move out of London anyway and buy mortgage free back in my hometown, it's got excellent schools, it was named one of the 10 best places to live in the UK. So, I've got that one covered smileySo, to recap:1. Long term rental in Florence, can anyone recommend a nice area / rental agency? Scandicci was recommended to me. 2. Does anyone have a lead for a rental property on the Costa Verde in Sardinia?3. Any tips regarding Abruzzo, are prices as good as they look on the internet? As you can tell, I haven't decided where we are going to spend this precious year. Florence would be an indulgence, Sardinia would be a year with family and Abruzzo would be a research exercise in where to possibly. I am reaching out to the Italy Magazine community for information on any one of these areas.  **** Any leads regarding property anyone? ****  Also, any info regarding utilities? I am just curious to know. Thanks in advance for your constructive comments, I have read this forum for many years and there are some very knowledgable, positive people who contribute so well! There might be someone with a property to sell? I'm a great believer in research and shared knowledge.Can't wait to see if any of you have properties to sell or long term rentals?