Our local agent manages properties in the group of lakes to the north of Milan; Lakes Como, Maggiore, Orta and Lugano. Villas and apartments in the Italian Lakes are recognised for the stunning scenery and lake views and attract an international clientele seeking luxury property for sale in the Italian Lakes. The lakes provide excellent access to Milan in the south, and skiing or climbing to the north, with numerous rail, road and air links. Limited supply of property means that finding on the Lakes, especially Como, can be tricky with prices remaining strong.
Shaped like the letter 'Y', Lake Como is dotted with several towns including Como and Lecco at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches of the lake, whilst the smaller towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna are situated at the intersection of the three branches of the lake. Villages such as Bellagio, Menaggio and Sala Comacina have long been admired by tourists from all over the world, but they retain their integrity and character.
World renowned for its attractive palaces and villas, some dating back to the 16th Century, real estate in Lake Como continues to attract a many affluent and well-known figures. The area offers stunning mountain scenery rising steeply up from a beautiful glacial lake, which at its widest point is only 4.
For many buyers, Milan is the gateway to the Italian lakes — Maggiore, Garda and the wishbone shaped Como. Como has two train stations: Giovanni, and a smaller one that connects with lake ferries, Como Nord Lago. Lake Como is the first stop of many visitors to northern Italy, and is well connected by rail service to Milan — both from Como on the southwest corner and Lecco on the southeast corner. Surrounded by mountains, the Lakes area of Northern Italy enjoy a mild and temperate climate, comprising of long, sunny summers and relatively warm winters.
In the winter months of November to the end of March the warmth and humidity from Milan brings an intense fog and dampness to the Lakes region, with snow not an uncommon sight in December or January. It is important to note that residents of the smaller villages and towns choose to leave the area during this time, with businesses and some hotels closing as visibility becomes poor.
Unoccupied properties for sale are often left unheated and obtaining keys can sometimes be difficult. Advice should be sought prior to travel if you wish to visit property for sale on the Lakes out of season.
In looking for a property in Rome and Lazio, one is constantly reminded of the immense history of the place as one famous landmark or building turning into another on the very next corner with the Colosseum, Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Trajan's column, Trajan's market, Vatican City - St.
Peter's Basilica, the Trevi fountain and numerous other icons of Rome past and present. Literary, culinary, political and religious giants dominate the landscape of Rome's history and one cannot fail to be filled with a sense of awe and wonder.
The culture of Rome is entwined with its history. Property in Rome embodies the numerous landmarks and cultural centres that one finds with every building a monument to its past.
For food and wine lovers, Frascati and the Castelli Romani are famous for wine, particularly white, while the Sabina area is well known for its olive oil. Lazio draws upon the rich culinary delights of both Northern and Southern Italy for many well known Italian dishes.
Over the years and due to the increasing lack of space, most of Rome's beautiful 'palazzos' have gradually been converted into apartments, though some remain in the surrounding hills. In most demand are apartments with balconies or terraces and access via a lift. Parking is also highly desirable. Outside Rome there is a choice of houses, villas and farmhouses for sale across the countryside and around the many charming medieval towns and villages. Rome has two major airports to the South-east and South-west of the city: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport also known as Fiumicino to the west of the citry and Ciampino to the east.