Friday 29 May 2020

With Italy now lifting some restrictions under phase two of its lockdown, here's what second home owners need to know.

Italy has been on a strict nationwide lockdown since March 9th in an attempt to control the coronavirus outbreak. During this period, people in Italy have not been allowed to go to their second homes, or travel between regions or even towns within the country. On Monday, May 18th, the Italian government lifted some restrictions and allowed people to visit their second homes once again - within their own regions.
That said, there are still restrictions on travel to and within Italy, for the moment. These rules are set to be relaxed from June 3rd.

Right now, Italy is only allowing people to enter the country in emergencies or for urgent health or work-related reasons, or for repatriation. So if you're returning to your place of permanent residence in Italy, that's permitted. But travelling to Italy in order to visit a second home, or anywhere you're not ordinarily resident, is not allowed before June 3rd.

After that date, it should be possible to visit Italy for tourism or to stay at a second home - depending on where you're arriving from. Not everyone will be able to travel freely to Italy.  From June the 3rd Italy will drop the current 14-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from the following countries:

-  The 26 other members of the European Union

-  Schengen Area members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

-  The United Kingdom

-  Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City

Tourists arriving from these countries will not face any restrictions upon entering Italy, though depending on their own country's rules they may be required to quarantine when they return home. Likewise, Italian residents can make a trip to any of these countries without being required to quarantine when they return to Italy.

You will face restrictions, however, if you're coming from one of the approved countries but have visited somewhere not on the list within 14 days of travelling to Italy - for example, if you fly from the US to Italy via Germany. Most of Italy's travel restrictions will be dropped from June 3rd, meaning that residents and visitors can also move freely throughout the country for any reason. Some regions, however, may keep their own quarantine rules in place. As every Italian region has its own local rules, it's advisable to check your region's website before you travel.

Here below are some wonderful second home properties. Find yours today!

Il Vecchio Mulino - €240,000

Apartment with terrace - €235,000

Niccone Valley House - €270,000

Casa Mentuccia - €350,000

Now that the lockdown here in Italy has eased a little we are pleased to announce that the Niccone Valley office will be manned on weekdays from 10.00 until 16.00. The Buonconvento office will remain closed for the time being.

Of course restrictions are still very much in place so we are unable to conduct viewings at this time, but, if you are interested in any of our listings and would like to speak to someone do call +39 075 941 7554 which is the direct number of our Niccone Valley office. If you prefer to send an email the address is

For those of you who own properties, we will continue to keep in touch with you in the coming weeks but if you have any questions or would simply like a chat, just call the office. Again the number is +39 075 941 7554.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.
According to Rightmove demand for overseas properties is increasing. They report that they are now seeing signs of an increase in demand from UK buyers looking for overseas properties. In April, searches on Rightmove Overseas reached their highest point in 2020 - up 50% compared to March, and an increase of 18% on April 2019.

Early signs for May indicate that this trend is accelerating, with searches for overseas properties up 29% in the first two weeks of May 2020 compared to the same period last year.

In Italy specifically, the rise has been significant, with searches up 20% year on year in the first two weeks of May.

Now is an optimum time to start your search with us. It takes time to hone in on the most important factors you are looking for in a property in Italy. As we understand what those are, we help identify the properties which are going to match your requirements. We will also search through the whole market to identify other properties for your consideration. This saves you a great deal of time and hassle.

Soon it will be possible to travel to Italy again to view properties, with International travel allowed form the 3rd of June. At the end of the search process we will have put together a viewing itinerary for you, ensuring your time here is optimized. We can advise you on the best places to stay and eat so your viewing trip is also fun!

We will be supporting you through the whole process, from initial contact to getting you set up in your new property and finding your feet in Italy. Read our testimonials to see what our clients say: Testimonials

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