Located in Morimondo, a village in Milan, Italy, the structure dates back to the 16th century, per the listing. In 1980, the deconsecrated church was converted into a four-bedroom residence, Diletta Giorgolo, the head of residential for Italy Sotheby's International Realty, told the New York Times in April. The house preserves much of the church's...

New York’s newest day spa is now open to the public on Governors Island — with a level of decadence its former inhabitants could only dream of. The island’s abandoned Army barracks and officers’ family quarters were transformed into the new spa, dubbed QC NY, by CEO Andrea Quadrio Curzio. His 74,000-square-foot wellness palace cost an eye-popping $...

For years, people living in Castelnuovo di Porto, a medieval village close to Rome, had put off doing maintenance jobs on their homes, whether it be fixing the roof or cracks in walls caused by earthquakes, because they could not afford it. So when the Italian government said it would foot the entire bill for a range of renovation works, on the sol...

Have you ever been on the brink of purchasing a property, but didn’t for whatever reason and then, a few years later, the area where you wanted to buy shot up in value and you could just kick yourself that you did not make the move at the time? I have been there on MANY occasions. Hindsight is a thing, right? Well, part of the “fun” of my job, whic...

The best recent advert for the bella vita is surely actor Stanley Tucci sampling regional cuisines in CNN’s Searching for Italy exclaiming ‘oh my god’ at least four times an episode as he swoons over risotto Milanese or Sicilian pasta alla Norma. It's these sun-soaked visions of a foodie paradise that persuade scores of Northern Europeans and Ameri...

Selling old homes for one euro is not an easy task. Even though many villages across Italy have successfully launched the scheme, there are others which have not fared so well. This is mainly because the owners of abandoned houses were impossible to track down and the bureaucratic obstacles to dispose of the buildings proved huge. So, instead, they...

What do several historic villas, a palace, a theatre, a former church, a lighthouse and a former customs office have in common? They are all among the 22 treasures owned by Italy's Demanio State-property agency that are being put out under concession for up to 50 years. The aim is recoup these assets, combining tourism, culture, environmental prote...

Have you ever been to Italy and had your heart stolen? And have you ever wondered what it would be like to own your own property in Italy? A piece of paradise with your name on it? I imagine the answer is a big fat “SI.” You would be one of millions of dreamers who think the same thing, but many do not take that first step to making their dream of...

Who hasn't spent time imagining what life would be like in an idyllic faraway place, especially in a country that is so well known for its laid-back lifestyle, stunning landscapes, seasonal cuisine, and close community life? I sometimes wonder if there is anyone who hasn’t dreamed of moving to Italy at one point or another? With the arrival of remo...

Need a change of scenery? Airbnb is looking for an adventurer who wants to move to Sicily for a year - and you'll get to live there completely rent-free! The holiday rentals platform is offering up an opportunity to live in a three-storey traditional home in the Sicilian village of Sambuca, where you'll be actively encouraged to get involved with t...