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Italy – One of the 10 Best Places to Retire in the World

If there is one country that gives France a tough competition, as to offering retirement homes to well-to-do foreign pensioners-it is the Italian Republic. Many consider it one of the best places to live and retire. Let’s find out more about Italy.

This 116,346.5 sq mi European nation, like France, has perfectly combined architectural beauty with the Roman Catholic religion, such the St. Peter’s Basilica, and should be in their “places must visit” list.

Usually, it is during this time, when one hits retirement age, that a person would have more spare time on his hands. He would reminisce or reflect on the years that have gone by. It is usually the time when one would have to desire to reconnect with their spiritual side.

Italy, especially its capital Rome, is just buzzing with priests and other religious clergy and maybe it would be easier to find a clergyman here than any part of the world. What am I thinking, of course men of the cloth would be found everywhere, this is their city – even the Pope lives here!

I’m afraid that Italy’s retirement plan is not for everyone. It mostly caters to the semi-rich and semi-famous people to the absolutely rich and famous bracket of society because the prices of property in some regions are expensive. A 968-square-foot apartment in Moteleone d’Orvieto that has two bedrooms and one bathroom, which by the way requires restoration, is being sold for US$85,000.

While a 430 square feet second floor apartment at the Calabrian seaside town of Scalea can be bought for US$100,000. Only former top executives of multi-national companies would be able to afford these rates.

But when you do decide to move to Italy, I don’t think you would feel like you are “out of place”. I read somewhere that Italy is experiencing a “graying” population or that there are more elderly people around. So finding friends and sharing common interests like playing golf or a game of chess would definitely not be a problem.

Italy, particularly Rome, is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Just look at the Colosseum and remember the times when chariot races and fights among gladiators were the main entertainment.

In 2006, this country also ranks as having the seventh largest economy in the world. So since its economy is thriving it can be expected that most hospitals would be well-equipped and would have top of the line medical services.

Italy was once home to world renowned masters of the visual art such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael, and literary figures such as Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, and Niccolo Machiavelli. If they could live in Italy, then why not you?

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