Beautiful Tuscany is the fifth largest region in Italy and home to six World Heritage sites! Beloved by expats, tourists and locals, Tuscan provinces have so much to offer but how do they differ?
Here we take a deep dive into five of Tuscany’s provinces, from Grosetto in southern Tuscany to Arezzo in the east and Lucca, further north.
Which province catches your eye?
Lucca is on the Liguran coast and boasts stunning landscapes from the mountains to the sea. The city of Lucca is bursting with history and home to a grand piazza that’s actually built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre!
If you’re looking to enjoy rural Italy, Lucca is a great place to find your dream home. There are lots of villages with properties of all sizes for sale. Village homes can start from as little as €100,000 if you’re willing to put in a bit of hard work and TLC!
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If you’d like a traditional Tuscan home that’s close to amenities and near the city, properties are available from €250,000 and venture up to €700,000 for more luxurious properties.
This gorgeous Lucca farmhouse is on the market for €550,000 and is made up of two buildings, which would easily be let out for a little extra income. Why not browse properties in Lucca, Italy today?
Grosetto is on the west coast of Italy and the southern end of Tuscany. Home to over 220,000 people, the province of Grosetto is one of the least dense areas in Italy by population, so if it’s peace and quiet you’re after, look no further.
Grosetto has some notable architecture of neo-Romanesque-Gothic design. In the heart of the city you’ll find Dante Alighieri piazza, a mock medieval square and home to the Cathedral of San Lorenxo. Perfect for a stroll, bite to eat or browse of the shops, the piazza is a beauty to behold.
Maremma in Grosetto is well known for its city walls. They were rebuilt in the 16th century by the Medici and are still in great condition today.
Grosetto has its own airport, just 3km west of the city centre. The province is well connected to most of Italy, with frequent trains to Rome, Pisa and Livorno.
Properties in Grosetto are typically divided into two categories. New builds and country homes. The new-build properties are designed with buyers in mind so often are close to essential amenities and overlook the coast. While country homes tend to come with a much higher price tag, and can offer total privacy, luxury interiors and stunning views.
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This home is a great example of a beautiful Grosetto property. It’s within a residential complex in Porto Santo Stefano and boasts excellent views of the ports and city fortress.
This residence is on the market for €465,000 and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, plus, access to a shared pool, tennis courts and on-site club house.
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Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to many of Italy’s most-famous art and architecture. Here you’ll find the Uffizi gallery, the Palazzo Pitti and Giotto’s bell tower. The city itself is almost museum-like.
Lots of expats live in Florence as there are quite a few opportunities on the job front. Plus, there’s so much to see, do and visit in your free time.
But what’s it like to live in Florence?
Well, there are two sides to Florence – the busy city with lots of tourists and the outskirts, where tourism is less infringing.
There are some beautiful neighbourhoods in Florence. San Frediano, San Marco and the Duomo are all popular with expats and creatives as they are typically less busy, but still have great connections and a feel of being “in” the city.
There are lots of charming farmhouses in Florence. Not all are as pricey as this, with alternatives on the market from €300,000 and smaller properties (village homes and chalets) available for under €250,000.
This gorgeous stone farmhouse has spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside and while still very central to Florence, has a real “country” feel. On the property you have 87 olive trees, a beautiful porch and a separate building. Inside this home sleeps five and boasts six bathrooms. View more images of this beautiful home here.
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Arezzo lies on the eastern side of Tuscany and just a 2 hour drive from the Adriatic coast. The province of Arezzo is popular with homebuyers seeking a stone house in the hills with beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside.
Cortona is a small town in Arezzo that’s super charming. It’s a typical Italian town, with small piazzas, local festivals, artisan shops and remnants of medieval architecture.
Apartments are available in Arezzo for as little as €150,000 or less and there are huge amount of farmhouses waiting to be renovated by someone willing to give them a little TLC.
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However, if you are looking for a stunning stone house in the Tuscan hills, there is a market for you. This beautiful home is just outside Cortona and is absolutely huge. With four bedrooms and bathrooms, this hillside home overlooks the Val di Chiana valley and has views of Monte Amiata, the tallest mountain in Tuscany. It could be yours. Click here to view more, or browse other properties in Arezzo on Your Overseas Home.
Picturesque Pisa is the second most-inhabited province in Tuscany and it’s no wonder why. Transport links are top-notch around Pisa, both nationally and internationally. Unlike a lot of Tuscany, Pisa is typically flat but if you go further south you’ll discover rolling hills and more typical Tuscan villages.
The Pisa countryside is truly exquisite. To me, it looks too good to be true – can you imagine waking up to those views every day?
Village apartments in Pisa offer luxury with a slightly smaller price tag. We have a selection of two-to-three bedroom apartments on our Italy Property Portal from €250,000.
If a traditional farmhouse is more your style, Pisa has you covered. Take this home for example. Located in a small hamlet in Partino, this charming country home has a beautiful private garden and is surrounded by lush greenery. There’s even room to install a pool should you fancy it!
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