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THE BECKHAM'S NEW FAMILY HOME
It could have 123 rooms

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
They are admired and worshipped like gods and everything they do ,even buying a home ,becomes news.According to some reports in the American press,David and Victoria Beckham have set their sights on a luxury villa in Los Angeles with 123 rooms and a selling price of 22 million dollars.Besides the already existing tennis court and swimming pool,the couple would love to add a cat walk area where Victoria’s latest designs can be modelled as well as adding plenty of special areas for their kids and their friends,including a dance studio for little Harper and a recording studio for Cruz ,who at the age of 11 has already released a single.
There is no need to go abroad to find such magnificent homes - Italy can also boast properties worthy of a king!The historical residence La Fortezza is one example. This perfectly renovated country home is nestling in the hills with spectacular views of San

BRIGHT THE BEDROOM
Bedroom trends

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
It may not be the room in the house where we spend most of our time,but the bedroom has to be one of the most important rooms in the house.It’s where we start our days, and it’s the last place we see before we close our eyes at night.For this reason,it needs to be welcoming,elegant and airy.
Choosing the lighting for the bedroom isn’t an easy task;it should strike the balance between being functional and atmospheric.The colour of the walls is important as is the position of the furniture,depending on the direction of natural light.It’s better not to choose white walls,but go for pastel shades such as light blue or green.If you’re lucky enough to live in a traditional country home with original stone walls, go with the trend to leave part of the stone walls visible.
If you have a spacious bedroom,you could try placing the bed in the centre of the room and then adding floor lamps around the

ARABS BUY SAMMEZZANO CASTLE
15 million dollar auction

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
The Dubai Helitrope company were the declared winners of the auction for the spectacular castle of Sammezzano (FI) with their successful bid of 15,4 million euros.This stunning castle is in Leccio,in the district of Reggello ,Florence.It has been in a state of disrepair for a number of years, and the search for a potential buyer with an eye to restoring this property to its former glory has been on- going for quite a while.
This 18th century Moor –inspired castle, which used to belong to the Ximenes D’Aragona family,boasts splendid mosaics and domed ceilings with intersecting arches .It was Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes D’Aragona himself in the second part of the 1800’s who transformed the already existing building into what it is today,following the fashion of that period for oriental –style design.At the end of the 1990’s an Italo English company set their sights on it with plans to

LIVING LIFE OUTDOORS
How to make the most of your outdoor space

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
With the summer right on our doorstep, now is the time to start thinking about how to organise your outdoor space to suit your living requirements. We’ve compiled a list of useful tips on how to organise and furnish your garden in the best way possible.
1. One of the first things you should consider is the actual space you have and then to split it up in a strategic way.You’ll want to think about how you intend to use this space – is it for organising al fresco lunches or dinner parties or is it just for relaxing? – and then divide it up according to your needs.
2. It’s really important to consider the issue of direct sunlight and shade.If our garden has the sun shining on it all day ,then we can probably use it more in the spring and autumn ,but during the long summer months we’ll probably use it more in the evenings.On the other hand, if it is relatively shady we’ll be making the

BUYING A HOME IN THE VAL D’ORCIA
The Val d’Orcia attracts home buyers from all over the world.

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
Economic crisis or not, those who are looking to buy a stunning country home usually think of Tuscany ,or more precisely the stunning area in the south of the province of Siena known all over the world for its breathtaking countryside .We are talking about the Val d’Orcia.
There is an ever –increasing number of foreigners who choose to leave their homeland and pursue a life -long dream of buying a property in this much sought- after part of the world, to use either as a holiday home or to open a hotel.
The Val d’Orcia is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the following reasons:
● The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional example of how the natural landscape was used in the Renaissance period to reflect the principles of “good government” and at the same time to create an asthetic model.
● The countryside of the Val d’Orcia was adored by painters of the Sienese school which bloomed

HOMES FROM THE MOVIES
The best places

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
How many of you have watched a movie and dreamed of being able to actually see that particular villa or elegantly furnished appartment or of strolling through the garden?This is quite natural as the actual setting is a fundamental part of the film and at times it just stays in our hearts.Here are some properties that have also made cinema history.
In the province of Viterbo we have the house that appeared in the film ‘’Le meraviglie’’ by Alice Rohrwacher, which won the Grand Prix special jury prize at the Cannes film festival in 2014.In Cortina d’Ampezzo there is the villa which was made famous twice over,firstly in the 1963 film ‘’The Pink Panther’’ starring David Niven and Peter Sellers ,and once again in 1981 in the unforgettable Bond movie ‘’For your eyes only’’ starring the recently departed Roger Moore in the role of the of the most famous secret agents in the U.K. and starring

MINI INVENTS THE HOME THAT BREATHES
Mini and the architects

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
For Design Week in Milan,Mini and New York architects SO-11 designed the Living –Breath concept, a visionary solution to create liveable spaces in over - chaotic cities.Welcome to Living –Breath, a house for up to 3 people in 50 sq metres.
Living-Breath has a modular metallic framework covered with a flexible transparent material, making maximum use of vertical space. On the ground floor there is a kitchen which also serves as a general living area.On the upper floors there is space for sleeping and working divided onto 3 levels.The rooms have walls made from a semi-transparent material so you can just barely make out the movements in the next room and so privacy is guaranteed. There is even a terraced style garden and a container to catch the rain water.
This innovative concept undoubledly looses its appeal when put next to the fabulous homes you can find in Tuscany and Umbria where

BUYING A COUNTRY HOME IN TUSCANY
A trendy investment

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
Buying a dream home in Tuscany is one of the most popular investments. Now just because Tuscany appeals in a way that no other place in Italy or indeed the world does,but also because buying a property in Tuscany means investing in a certain quality of life,opting for a peaceful home surrounded by stunning countryside far away from the stresses and strains of modern life.
It is for this reason that the property market for this sector hasn’t suffered in the economic crisis, and that more people than ever are coming to Tuscany looking for their dream home.It isn’t easy to find your dream home.How can you navigate these waters?We have put together some top tips for you.
1. First of all it’s really important to find the right estate agent,someone from the area with first hand insider knowledge of the best places and with competence and professionalism.
2. It’s really important to have

ITALIANS ARE BUYING AGAIN
An increase in the demand for financial help

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
Italians are starting to have more faith in the property market and there is an increase of activity.In the first months of 2017 there was a rise in requests for financial services needed to buy a property.According to the mortgage data from facile.it and mutui.it ,in the first three months of 2017 there was a 17% increase in demand for mortgages and further encouragement given by the fact that the granting of mortgages was up by 21% from the same period last year.
But what are Italians looking for exactly?The average financial request is for a sum of 130.000 euros to buy a property worth 224.000 euros.For the first time in years,the fixed rate 21 year mortgage is the most sought after.The average age of clients is about 40.
Regarding Tuscany in particular most Italian buyers are looking for appartments in old historic quarters,while foreign buyers are looking for luxury villas

BUYING A PROPERTY
What you should ask your estate agent

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
Buying a home,whether or not it is your first,is certainly not something to be taken lightly.One of the most important things you can do is find professional people who can provide you with a complete top quality service.It’s also important to know just what you should be asking your estate agent.We’ve put together some things you should bear in mind.
● Let the estate agent know exactly what you need – is it a main home or a holiday home for a large family, or maybe a place to set up a business?This information really helps the estate agent to come up with the right proposals.
● Each to his own space.Do you need a home for a large family with young children or are you a young couple looking for a place for romantic getaways ?If it is the latter,the space you require will be a lot different from the demands of a large family.
● Don’t be afraid to ask questions.Ask as many questions

GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE PERFECT ESTATE AGENT
How to choose the right one for you

published on16/06/2017 sertion Blog
Buying a property is something that needs to be done carefully and it’s really important to find the right person who can give you all the help and advice you need along the way.So, how do you choose the right person?Let’s have a look at these 10 traits which we think the perfect estate agent should possess.
1 Top of the list – they really need to be competent.A really good estate agent knows everything there is to know about the property he/she is going to show you,right down to the tecnical details.
2 Transparency – a truly great estate agent won’t hide any problems from you but will talk you through them and look for solutions.
3 In third place is the ability to work as part of a team.The fact that he/she knows a lot of stuff doesn’t make him/her expert in every field.Being able to delegate to people with more expertise in certain sectors certainly isn’t something to be regarded

LUXURY FURNISHING
2017 trends

published on16/06/2017 sertion Blog
Blown glass,silk and embroidery are the main protagonists of 2017.A style that regards luxury items as pieces of furniture,where light fittings are in brass,the curtains are in silk and the velvet is jacquard.
In 2017 the trend is for luxury items where tables and chairs become jewels to be admired,the protagonists of rooms,delicate curtains like paintings in a gallery and details that make all the difference.
To furnish a beautiful home,design meets quality craftsmanship creating pieces of furniture which are works of art,one-off pieces that have been made especially for a particular space.
The perfect style for a country home immersed in the Tuscan countryside,impeccably renovated and elegantly furnished, a style that makes all the difference and enhances the owner’s elegance.

5 good reasons to buy a house in Tuscany
Why buy in Tuscany?

published on04/06/2017 sertion Blog
You are looking for a suitable house, but you don’t yet know where to buy? Here are the reasons why you should choose to buy a house in Tuscany:

1) Anyone who has visited Tuscany will have told you how beautiful it is and this could be a good reason, but not everyone thinks about just how accessible this region is. To have a second house in Tuscany in fact will allow you easy access from any part of Italy.
2) Tuscany encompasses all types of landscape; you can find mountainous areas, the famous rolling hills, but also the sea and splendid coastlines. In conclusion, whatever your taste, here you will find something which works for you.
3) In every season of the year, from the largest and most well-known cities, to the smallest hamlets, there are numerous events in which you can take part to amuse yourself, have fun and immerse yourself in the art, culture, theatre and many other things

Buying a house in Tuscany
The most beautiful villages in which to buy a house

published on06/04/2017 sertion Blog
Tuscany remains one of the preferred destinations of tourists from all over the world who, once they have fallen in love with this place of rolling hills and charming villages, choose to buy their second home here, or to relocate themselves on a permanent basis in this beautiful Country. Also, many Italians choose to buy a property in Tuscany in order to spend several days of relaxation far from the city.

Which are the best villages in which to buy a house?

If you love history, art and culture, Tuscany offers a huge array of villages in which you can spend extremely magical moments. For both those who would like an apartment in an historic town
centre, and those who would prefer a farmhouse in the middle of the countryside, the Val d’orcia and the Valdichiana are excellent starting points.

Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico, Sarteano and also Chiusi, Cetona and San Casciano

What to ask the estate agents
How to find the perfect house

published on06/04/2017 sertion Blog
Looking for the perfect house can be difficult and stressful, but there are things you can do in order to clarify your ideas and to help to point the estate agents in the right direction.

In the first instance, it is important to analyse your situation and to ask yourself basic questions such as what is the purpose of the house that you are looking to buy, or how much time you will be spending in this property? If you are looking for a permanent home, it is essential that this house has all of the commodities and all of the space required, but if you are looking for a house in which you plan to spend only a month or two during the year, you could perhaps also consider something much smaller.

It is also essential that you tell our estate agents how many people will be living in the the property you would like to buy. If you are a large family, or if you are used to accommodating numerous

THERMAL INSULATION
How to insulate the house in 5 simple steps

published on03/04/2017 sertion Blog
One of the most frequent problems in houses is the lack of an adequate thermal insulation that
allows the environment to heat itself most effectively, which is why it is important to think about this aspect the moment in which you buy a house, or start a programme of reconstruction work.

Here are 5 pieces of advice for an efficient thermal insulation:

1) The first step is to check the doors and windows. It is essential that these are in good condition and when they must be replaced, it is better to choose window frames with thermal breaks which prevent the transmission of heat from the inside to the outside of the dwelling.
2) Insulate the external walls well to prevent the transmission of cold or heat into the interior of the house.
3) During the reconstruction phase it is fundamental to think about the use of space so that the areas of the house which are used the most (such

BUYING A SECOND HOME IN THE COUNTRY
The ideal country house for the Italians

published on04/03/2017 sertion Blog
There are many people who choose to buy a second home in the country, to distance themselves from the chaos of the city and reward themselves with times of tranquility and relaxation immersed in the greenery of the countryside. If you are thinking of buying a second home, here are the best places in which to look.

The Val d’Orcia has remained, for several years, the perfect place in which to acquire a second home. Here, all seems to be relaxing and tranquil; the rhythm of life is that of the small villages and here you can lose yourself in the passage of the seasons enjoying the unique landscape of this marvellous part of Tuscany.

For those who love the sea and the coastline, those who are looking for a second property in which to pass the Summer holidays, there is no-where better than the Costa del Tirreno, the area of the
Argentario, with Porto Santo Stefano and Punta Ala. Well-known

THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS BETTER IN SIENA
The top Tuscan province for the quality of life

published on04/03/2017 sertion Blog
According to the annual classification organised by ItaliaOggi and the University La Sapienza, it is Siena which is the top Tuscan province for the quality of life. The classification looks at various indicators such as business and work, environment, criminality, social and personal unrest,
population, financial and educational services, health services, free time and quality of life. in
addition to becoming the top Tuscan province, Siena has also obtained an excellent placing at
National level, being awarded 5th place after Mantova, Trento, Belluno and Pordenone. Of the 110
provinces in which the quality of life is noted, are several Tuscan centres such as Grosseto in
thirtieth place, Arezzo (41), Pistoia (42), Pisa (45), Firenze (48), and then Lucca, Livorno, Prato and Massa Carrara, respectively in 50th, 52nd, 68th and 83rd place.

It is not therefore the case that the many

INTERVIEW WITH FABIO TAMAGNINI
Professional in the housing market

published on04/03/2017 sertion Blog
Interview with Fabio Tamagnini, owner of the firm Immobiliare Tamagnini of Sarteano and promo-tor of the website www.ituscanyre.it

Fabio, as we reach the end of 2016, from your experience as a professional in the housing market, could you tell us how this year has gone?
I can say that in our area, it has been moving along quietly, in line with the hints of recovery that there are in Italy. I believe however, that the Val d’Orcia, the Valdichiana and Tuscany in general there is a positive distortion in the housing market, because it is an area which is sought after, above all by foreign clients who see Italy as the ideal place in which to invest.

Speaking of foreign clients, from which countries do the majority of enquiries come?
We are specialising in the Russian market in particular, considering the great interest of that country in the Italian market, not only in housing, but also

Buying a house abroad.
Advice about where to invest

published on11/02/2016 sertion Blog
Just like many foreigners who are looking for a house in Italy, many Italians are also looking for a house abroad for a variety of reasons related to business or pleasure; to have a place far from their main house, where they can find peace and tranquility. Usually, we find a house in a place with which we have a particular relationship, or which we like and which has made a particular
impression when we visited, but if you don’t yet know where to look, here are several places in which it could be convenient to invest:

Sydney seems to be one of those cities in which to buy a house would seem to be a perfect
investment, whilst European cities such as Paris are likely to see a drop in prices, so perhaps it would be better not to buy there, at least in the next few months.

There are also very good prospects for investment in Monaco, Shanghai and New York, whilst for those who prefer
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