Go north, young (wo)man.
For those who are thinking about moving to Italy, the advice to consider Italy’s northern towns comes from Il Sole 24’s annual Quality of Life Index. Italy’s north is known for having a more satisfying quality of life and the latest index goes all-in on cities from six regions that rest at the top of the boot – Lombardy, Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Belluno (Veneto, pictured above) takes this year’s top spot. The only major city to land in the Top 10 is Milan (#8), which fell six places since last year’s index. Florence (#12) and Bologna (#14) also fell six places. Rome barely squeaked into the Top 25, having fallen 11 places since last year.
Here’s the Top 25 for 2018 (full list here):
- Ascoli Piceno
- Reggio nell’Emilia
Each year, the Italian paper Il Sole 24 releases a ranking of 110 Italian cities according to a number of factors including artistic patrimony, public transportation, availability and affordability of fresh food, crime, housing prices, youth unemployment, and more.
I wrote about the index last year for an Italy Roundtable post after getting letters from several readers, especially retirees, asking me where in Italy is the best place to move.