The best places to live in Italy

Photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash
Photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash
12 August 2020, Emma Donaldson

The best places to live in Italy are definitely places to consider when moving abroad as an expat. With over 7,000km of spectacular coastline, beautiful mountains and charming cities, Italy has something for everyone, not to mention the fact that it’s a sun lover’s paradise. Italy also offers so much more than just a summer holiday and is an increasingly popular destination with expats who want a new life in the sun. 

With such varied cities and landscapes, there is certainly plenty to choose from, but where are the best places to live in Italy? This question doesn't have just one answer and highly depends on what you're looking for, your lifestyle, if you have kids or not, or even if you want to live close to the sea. 

If you’re thinking about making the move and joining the large expats community already working, retired or studying in Italy in 2020, then take a look our list of the best places to live in Italy. Our criteria for choosing the best places to live in Italy is based on a range of Italian destinations that are recommended by Nomad List, with a Nomad Score based on a range of factors such as cost of living, healthcare, weather, safety, family life and other metrics, a list that highlights the best places to live and work remotely in the world.

 CityNomad Score™Cost of living / monthSafetyFamily ScoreHealthcareProperty for saleProperty for rent
1Pisa3.6/51,450€GoodOkayGoodViewView
2Bari3.53/5999€GreatOkayGoodViewView
3Padua3.51/51,163€GoodOkayGreatViewView
4Genoa3.49/51,475€GoodOkayGoodViewView
5Palermo3.42/51,165€GoodGreatGoodViewView
6Trento3.38/51,471€GoodGreatGoodViewView
7Florence3.29/51,763€GoodGoodOkayViewView
8Treviso3.4/51,733€GoodGoodGreatViewView

Nomad's list of the best places to live in Italy is topped by Pisa, with a great quality of life and more employment opprtunities than other areas. The cheapest city on the list, Bari, comes in second place, and also takes the title as one of Italy's safest places to live. Padua, a great alternative for those who want to live close to Venice and close to the coast, comes in third, followed by Genoa, perfect for those who want to live by the sea. The list is completed by Palermo, Trento, Florence and Treviso which are the most family-friendly cities on the list and known for having lots of schools and activites for kids.  

Keep in mind that the cost of living varies from place to place. Like most expat destinations, seaside and town centre properties tend to be the most expensive. Italy also has a developed healthcare system that is very affordable for EU citizens, just another reason why Italy is a great expat destination. Wherever you choose, you are sure to enjoy Italy's charm and beauty, so what are you waiting for? It's time to find your dream home in Italy!  

Ready to find the house of your dreams?

Ready to find the house of your dreams?

Find houses for sale and long term rentals on idealista