The long southern edge of Emilia-Romagna sees the rise of the Apennine mountains – their gentle wooded foothills slowly climbing to snow-clad, ski-able heights. Tiny towns and villages are scattered among the open fields and wide vistas, and the roads are good, so you never feel isolated up here. Crime levels in this hilly-to-mountainous swathe of Emilia-Romagna are officially Italy’s lowest, and the food on offer in the small local restaurants is rated extremely highly. Small but growing numbers of discerning British buyers have found their way to the area recently. It’s an excellent place to buy a farmhouse or country home. Prices are remarkably low, especially as Tuscany lies just across the border.
Many old agricultural properties come with stables, barns or other outbuildings which can be converted into rental accommodation for holidaymakers. Rustic farmhouses can be found at very affordable prices. Quite a few British buyers are choosing to relocate permanently to Emilia-Romagna’s Apennine area, for its high quality of life and significantly lower living costs.
Here you will find some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, rich with flora and fauna not easily found elsewhere. Bordering the famous Tuscany region, it shares not only the same border, but also the pace of life, wonderful scenery and warm and generous hospitality so famous in this part of Italy. In this area, you will find not only majestic mountains, but charming small villages scattered around the hilltops or clinging to the slopes of the hills and mountains, rushing mountain streams full of ice-cold crystal clear water. In the villages you will find bars, restaurants, sports centres, open air swimming pools, weekly markets selling farmers' produce, arts & crafts, antiques and of course, the famous and stylish Italian clothes and shoes.
These are prosperous areas with farming, small and medium industry and craft production being the main income generators.