Realpoint Italy

21 Feb 2009

Torricelle. A Little Corner of Paradise.




Verona
Definitely a ‘city of art’ and as such recommended to buy in, with the Arena season running from June to September and that famous Romeo and Juliet balcony. Located in the Veneto region, well connected with its own airport and on the A4 motorway, it’s close to Lake Garda, (45kms to Sirmione) and the A22 motorway takes you up into the Dolomites for skiing and walking. In the centro storico the market has witnessed demand coming above all from those buying for investment. In a restored medieval palazzo on two or three floors with an internal courtyard, the price per m2 would be between €7000 and €7500 although in Piazza Delle Erbe it can reach €9000.

Benefits of buying in the hills around Verona
The hills of Torricelle are quoted as being "a little corner of paradise" immersed in scenic countryside with views of cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards and further afield snowcapped mountains.
Ideal for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity whilst being just 5 km from the bustling city centre. Strangely enough the Torricelle are actually fog resistant in the winter months, even being at an altitude of just 200m, weather conditions are certainly more pleasant, sunnier and less humid in the hot summer months.
The area offers great sporting facilities with horse riding stables, mountain bike, horse riding and hiking trails, public tennis courts, great trattoria's, rustic pizzerias and agriturismo's serving local homemade dishes as well as vineyards offering free guided visits.

If you are looking for properties located on the hills (Euganean Hills near Padua, Berici Hills near Vicenza) you can find traditional houses which were originally built by farmers as country houses, with typical facades of exposed stone. Now, they have become desirable bolt holes for those seeking peace and tranquillity away from the stress of urban life. For those looking for a countryside retreat, ex-working farms with outbuildings, ripe for conversion for the holiday rental market, are easy to find. Historic villas and sometimes, even castles, come onto the market, their prices equating with their historic significance.

The obvious difference in buying in the hills is that the prices are a cheaper than in the city while communications are still excellent. Also Verona is hot and humid in the summer so a house in the hills is an refreshing alternative.

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