Italy has some of the most beautiful coasts in the world. With various terrain of rocky cliffs, sandy dunes, elaborate beaches, coves, lagoons, etc. it’s impossible not to find what you’re searching for. The country features 7,500 kilometers of coastal beauty and also is home to many islands, which of course offer even more coast to explore. There are plenty of resorts for extensive vacationers and quaint towns for those who want to escape some of the loud, hustle and bustle of touristic places. Some towns feature small villas of various colors, the famous Italian seaside photos you see on your computer desktop stock library.

San benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy
San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy *

Luckily, many areas can be quite affordable if you are looking to buy real estate in Italy or move permanently. When stepping back from the seaside, the price of property drops tremendously. Italians are very much obsessed with their own seasides so they are well prepared to pay the higher prices to be as close to the water as possible. It’s not the view they are in search of, it’s the proximity to get directly to the sand and sea.

The summertime beach resorts are also quite newly constructed, so if you’re looking for a seaside home with older Italian charm, moving further from the coast would be in your best interest. This is also the case for saving some money on the price. Additionally, if you’re looking for a place to live at any time of the year, outside the summer months, the main beachside towns become deserted. In the towns off shore, life goes on as it normally would, year round.


The main, expensive seasides are Liguria, in the northwest and the Amalfi Coast in the south. As said previously, the further from the sea you move, the better the prices will become. Basilicata’s Maratea and west Calabria’s Tropea Promontory are in a middle/moderate price range. Best priced for location may be Sicily and southern Puglia. If you search around, near the coast but not directly on the sea, you can find great deals on real estate.


Beginning with Rimini in Emilia Romagna, the largest beach resort in Europe, and continuing down through the regions of Le Marche, Molise, Abruzzo, and Puglia, the coastline dips into the Adriatic Sea. It is an endless area of beaches full of soft sand and beautifully functioning cities. This coast is known for family friendliness and its lovely summer rentals. There are many resorts to choose from and prices are fair. If you visit, you’ll be accompanied by many Italians, given that they are very selective of their seas, this is sure not to disappoint. They’re empty in winter so buy further inland if you plan to live there year-round or in the colder seasons.

Termoli, Abruzzo, a trabucco, an old wooden fishing structure
Termoli, Abruzzo, a trabucco, an old wooden fishing structure *


The West of Calabria offers 2-bedroom apartments at about €100,000 while the East offers the same type of apartments at €60,000. However, counter to what your perception may lead you to believe about prices, the East is actually more established while also cheaper. Newly developed seaside homes has made the market more affordable. This region is one we particularly recommend!

Sea, Calabria, Italy
Sea, Calabria, Italy *


The two main Italian islands of Sardinia and the aforementioned Sicily, are so large they won’t necessarily feel like islands. While they offer incredible beaches and views, the land is so vast that your desired isolated island feeling won’t be too satisfied. Sardinia is home to the most beautiful seasides in the world full of white sands and bright turquoise water. It’s clean and unpolluted unlike many other beaches. Costa Smeralda is fairly posh and extremely pricey. However, the prices everywhere else are fairly reasonable.

 Seaside houses in Sardinia, Italy
Seaside houses in Sardinia, Italy *


Sicily is Italy’s largest island and home to breathtaking beaches. Seeing them in person, you will hardly believe it is possible to have something so beautiful encompass you. Italian home buyers dominate both the capital and rivalry city, Palermo and Catania. The area around Taormina is pricey but if you venture far outside, prices drop significantly. Cefalù, nearby Palermo, is a town on the northern coast. It gives buyers access to mountainous terrain, rolling hills, and also beaches. Far to either the Southwest, Northwest, or Southeast, foreigners buying real estate is more popular.

Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Whatever you’re searching for, there’s the place on the coast of Italy for you. Besides, who can beat the integration to the Italian culture. Between the cuisine, the sand, the sea, and the relaxation-focused lifestyle, you truly never need to leave your new home.


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