Real estate investment in Italy

Foreigners can buy, sell and rent out real estate without restrictions in Italy.

Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: the price of residential real estate grows every quarter by an average of 1%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €290,000, and today it is sold for €309,000.

3090 €

Average price per 1 m²


Average price growth per quarter


Associated costs, of the property value

How the residential property price index is growing in Italy


Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Italy

€2.5 million

Apartment in the historic centre of Milan

€1.5 million

Apartment in a 10-minute drive from the Milan Cathedral


Apartment in Genoa, Turin

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  • Get fully prepared and verified documents for a purchase

Elena Kozyreva
Elena Kozyreva

Managing Director for Real Estate projects

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Italy residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment

Obtaining an Italy residence permit and citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate. Italy has a program for getting a residence permit by investing in the country’s economy. The investment amount ranges between €500,000 and €2,000,000. There is no option for investing in real estate.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can a foreigner buy a house in Italy?

    Yes. All foreigners are allowed to buy real estate in Italy. There are also no restrictions on the sale and rental of real estate, either.

  • Is Italy a good place to buy real estate?

    Yes. Real estate properties in Italy are liquid assets. the price of residential real estate is growing every quarter by an average of 1%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² was worth an average of €290,000, and today it can be sold for €309,000.

    Foreigners in Italy can also freely buy, sell, and rent out real estate.

  • How much is real estate tax in Italy?

    Buyers of real estate in Italy pay value-added tax for new buildings or registration tax for secondary real estate and additional fees. The associated costs will be from 9% to 33% of the contract’s value.

    Property owners pay an annual ownership tax — from 0,4% to 0,76% of the cadastral value.

    Sellers of real estate pay capital gains tax on a progressive scale from 0 to 43%.

  • Do you get citizenship if you buy a house in Italy?

    No. Italian citizenship cannot be obtained by investment. But foreigners can partake in the Italy residence permit program first. After 10 years of permanent residence in the country, they can get Italian citizenship by naturalization on a general basis.

    To get a residence permit in Italy, investors can choose one of four options:

    • from €250,000 — investments in innovative startups;

    • from €500,000 — investments in the authorized capital of Italian companies;

    • from €1,000,000 — investments in socially significant projects;

    • from €2,000,000 — purchase of government bonds.