Hello all - My husband and I are US citizens with our own business (solely a US based business - no sales outside the US - wasn't sure if this info is important or not to the Italian authorities), however we would like to gain permanent residency
We were on vacation in Marche last year, in Sarnano. Villa San Rafaello is a wonderful place and its owners were very helpful as far as providing us with information on the industry in the region and properties for sale of this sort. You may want to try to reach out to them on Facebook or their website http://www.villasanraffaello.com/Wishing you luck on your answers,-Hera
Colby - My husband and I are in a similar situaion. We are looking to figure out how to establish an account with a bank in the US that has international branches specifically in Italy or the other way around. As we are Americans it is proving to be quite difficult just for trips. The point that we are ready to work toward our residencies in Italy it should be a little easier (we hope).
Jackster - by chance which bank were you able to open your account with? My husband and I are trying to do the same thing but having trouble finding one in Italy.
Marche is a great place to be for a while. If you enjoy nature and hiking and truffle hunting you just can't beat what the area around Sarnano can offer. All of those things are within reach. Also some great farm houses or even agritourismo to stay at while your in the area.The beach around Senigallia is some of the nicest in the world (imo). Senigallia also has a Summer Jamboree in August that is loads of fun. The Jamoboree is a throw back to everything 40's and 50's like the music, cars etc. Bologna is also pretty nice and a train ride from Senigallia to Bologna is about 2 horus 45 minutes. In 2015 the Ferrari museum will continue their special pricing of tickets on the museums in Modena and Maranello. They will also have a shuttle that will pick you up from the train station, take you to both museums and shuttle you to certain shops in Modena.Of course there is also Trieste and its awesome castles, caves like Grotta Gigante which was when we visited (and I think still is) the largest cave with regular tours in the world.Hope that helps!
Hello Kelda68 - Where in Marche are you building? My husband and I just returned from the region a few weeks ago and are interested in purchasing in Senegalia, however we have not ruled out a customer build. As a custom build we think that would we also like to explore other areas in the Marche region and as such were interested in what others have thought of the area.Thanks -Hera
I think it also depends on what stage you are at with regards to your retirement planning. If you are 30 years or more away then my advice would be taking as many trips to the various regions as you can before you retire is the best way to start. If you are within 10 - 15 years of retirement I would still start with the actual trips but to make the best use of your time really research the various regions. Ask yourself questions like 'When I retire am I looking forward to the seasons changing?, Do I want to experience on a regular basis warm weather or cooler weather, humid or dry? Compared to where I live now what do and don't I enjoy?, How far from an airport am I comfortable being? Do/could I have any medical conditions that would require regular visits or consulations?" All of these questions are good because they help you understand where you are today vs where you are going to be comfortable being in the future no matter when your retirement may come (30 years or tomorrow).These questions and others you think of also help you target if you are looking for a large city apartment, country farm house or a suburb type of town in the middle. I would also encourage you to check out some sites online that allow you to engage in conversation with people living in Italy. I know of one hosted by the site http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/Pen-pals/Language/Italian.asp I can't say anything other than I have had some good exchanges with folks as my husband and I planned our last trip. I am not sure about any other sites and I am certainly not an expert regarding that site.If your retirement is anywhere at or under the 5 year mark then research, discussion on boards/posts (like these) and self questions are even more important. Good luck on your journey and keep us informed on your travels!
We just returned, this week, from a trip to the Marche region. I have to say we enjoyed our stay in Sarnano and had an even better time in Senigalia. We are looking at places to buy as well. Marche has many reasonable properties but our plan is to visit as much as possible and rent until we are comfortable with where we are. Marche is nice as there are not only great prices on the properties and fewer tourists but also large diveristy in the landscape from mountains and snow to the sunny beaches on the Adriatic. Another area we are interested in (though mostly from a summer perspective) is Trieste in the north. There is a very good university there, wonderful forests and caves for little ones to explore and just a really comfortable atmosphere.We are trying to stay away from high traffic tourist areas as much as possible just so we can get to know the people in the communities better and to understand the difference in the way of life.Hope that helps -