Italian Properties for €1. First City To Offer The Scheme

€1 properties in Taranto, Puglia

Following the success of Italian hill-towns and villages, Taranto is now offering €1 properties for sale.

Taranto, a city that sits on an island between a lagoon and the open sea in the region of Puglia is offering to sell some of its abandoned palazzi through a €1 scheme.

Taranto’s city council plans to start by offering five properties for sale, with the hope that if the scheme is a success, the project will expand.

The hope is to breathe new life into Taranto’s run down but picturesque old town by attracting investment which will develop the historic centre of Taranto.

€1 is the opening bid at auction

As with all 1 Euro house schemes around Italy, sales take place in public auction (vendita con incanto).

In Italy auctions are not common. There are no legal packs, which contain essential information including property titles and searches. Detailed property information and planning permission are therefore not available. Because you cannot tell anything about the background to a property just from looking at photos, you are responsible for conducting property-related searches.

To avoid buying what seems like a bargain but subsequently turns out to be a money pit, it is advisable that you go and inspect the property and check the local land registry. before you decide to make a bid. Obviously, this may not be possible because of time constraints and it can become costly. As you may not speak fluent Italian or have the expertise to assess what you are bidding for, we would recommend that you seek independent legal advice and professional expertise in Italy to evaluate the property before you submit a bid.

Terms and conditions apply to all Italian €1 property schemes

In fact, properties for €1 usually cost at least €20.000 at auction. On top of this, there is the legal requirement to renovate within a specific time frame. Italian properties for €1 schemes therefore generally end up costing at least €50.000.

In the case of Taranto, owners will be expected to foot the bill of restoring the properties. This could run to many of thousands of euros. Owners will have to present a restoration plan within two months of acquiring the building. In addition, owners will have to occupy the properties. The latter is a condition to stop speculators renovating and selling on these properties.

Finally …

There are plenty of other reasonably-priced houses in Italy without the terms and conditions attached to €1 property schemes. These properties may be a better option for you.

If you are interested in buying Italian properties for €1 or any other type of property in Italy, we recommend you seek independent legal advice before making committing yourself. We are here to help, please get in touch.


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De Tullio Law Firm in Fortune Italia Magazine

A World Apart

In the April 2019 edition of Fortune Italia Magazine, we contributed to a discussion about the state of the luxury real estate market in Italy.

The luxury real estate market in Italy is booming – indifferent to market fluctuations. Who buys luxury properties and furnishings?

Italy’s luxury property market is particularly healthy. Compared to the same period in 2017, the first half of 2018 saw an increase of 26.73% in real estate transactions in excess of 900 thousand euros. Real estate of more than one million euros saw 1,028 properties sold compared to 865 in the previous year. This represents an increase of 18.84%.

Italy’s Luxury real estate market sector “is less exposed than other property segments to economic conditions. The uniqueness of the Italian offer, which is inextricably linked to our architectural, landscape and cultural heritage, represents a strong element of attraction”, says Giandomenico De Tullio, Managing Partner at De Tullio Law Firm. The company provides legal services in the Italian luxury real estate market – mainly serving US and UK clients.

Specialists for cross border property law throughout Italy

Generally, we are talking about properties that mainly appeal to international clients, which De Tullio calls, ‘High Net Worth Individuals’. ” This is a clientele with high expectations that demand high levels of competence and professionalism”.

Choosing a property

In the main, investors are foreign so they often need a guide. Perhaps they don’t know Italy very well, or are unfamiliar with the dynamics of its real estate market.

Lionard, is one of the most important players at national level in the luxury real estate sector. The company is involved in the buying and selling process. They have a real estate portfolio of 13.32 billion euros. The average value of real estate for sale is 5.01 million euros.

Lionard has bases in Florence, Milan and – soon – Rome.

The company currently represents 51% of Italian properties with a value of more than 3 million euros. “The real estate market historically follows the macro-economic trend of the world’s major markets,” says Ian Heath, real estate advisor at Lionard. “For this reason, the sector has also faced and suffered from the economic crisis over the past decade. However, the luxury real estate segment, in terms of the type of clientele and internationality of the audience it addresses, is able to offer growth beyond what is happening on a local economic level”.

A growth that Lionard capitalises on with satisfactory results. “In terms of real estate portfolio, we are the first real estate operator to have over 2,500 properties offered for sale directly by owners. With regards to the company’s balance sheet, we were the first among Italian luxury sector real estate operators, to achieve a turnover of over 9 million euros with an EBITDA of over 60%”. In 2018 alone, Lionard properties valued at 106.5 million euros changed hands.

Of course, to impact such a market, the right tools are a pre-requisite. In addition to the professionals who make up the team, “the pearl of the company is undoubtedly our management system. This is the primary national resource in terms of the luxury market in Italy”, says Heath. “We cross-reference the most in demand areas and the most desired types of property with current data. This provides our target audience with a survey of more than 45,000 properties nationwide. More than 2,500 of these are officially for sale. This helps the customer to form an independent idea of all the options available”.

The right decor

Once you have purchased a luxury home, you need equally luxurious furnishings. Pasquale Natuzzi Junior Says, “high-spending clientele is undoubtedly different. It is a group of consumers for whom it is necessary to transform the purchase into a unique experience.” Pasquale is creative director and stylist at Natuzzi.

The business started life in Puglia in the ’60s. It has since become one of the few Italian companies listed on Wall Street. Natuzzi totalled 449.6 million euros of turnover in 2017 and is present in 123 markets worldwide. Pasquale Natuzzi Senior, who is still company president, founded the company.

Natuzzi enjoys recognition as the “most famous lifestyle brand in the world in the premium furniture sector”.

And, according to Pasquale Junior has built its success, “thanks to our identity, our style and our product offering”.

In addition, the luxury consumer scene appreciates, “dealing with contexts where quality of service is everything. This is  especially relevant in our sector, where cooperation with customers can continue for several months. It is important to offer an experience that goes beyond a simple visit to the store: it is a relational investment that requires time, trust and competence”.

Harnessing this market sector naturally requires special business skills, which enable, “the customer to entrust the whole process to the company”. The shop team, according to the creative director, “is engaged in customer projects that can last well over six months”.

Success depends on the ability to transmit to the customer a dedication and professionalism, taking care of every aspect of the project. An approach that is only possible, “thanks to the continuous training and development of our sales staff, evolution of our collections and investments in our points of sale. In our stores we have reliable, well-prepared professionals, with a solid background in the design sector, perfectly able to interact with our clients, an architect or an interior designer. For highly sensitive projects, we also involve other professionals (colour experts, technicians specialised in 3D modelling, 3D, designers). Experts who can provide further support at the definition phase of a project”.

Finally… De Tullio Law Firm on Fortune Italia magazine

Please, contact De Tullio Law Firm for a free preliminary consultation if you would like to discuss your property purchase or you would like further information about our services.

For over 55 years, we have been providing legal services to clients at an international and local level, gaining a strong reputation for quality, expertise, and professionalism.

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Guide to Buying Abroad with Family

Buying property abroad with family can be a good way to spread the burden

The Overseas Guides Company Ltd. has published a guide to buying abroad with family. As they say, “ a holiday home is perhaps the most life-enhancing thing you will ever buy. It helps you get to know and love another culture. It can be more relaxing than a package holiday to the tourist sites – a holiday whenever you want it, forever, and to pass on to your children. […]”

“A holiday home abroad has the power to keep families together. Siblings might fight like cats and dogs as children, but many find they appreciate each other’s company more as they get older. Every Christmas you promise to see each other more often, but by the summer you’ve drifted apart again. For older children who don’t want to go on the usual family holiday, for students who don’t come home as much anymore, a holiday home can be the glue that holds the family together. […]”


We’ve all heard about families that fall out over money. How can you protect yourself, your investment and your closest relationships?

You need legal protections that will endure down the generations. Read on for some great advice on this, from specialist lawyers. […]

“There are many ways to structure the legal aspects of ownership, and the one you choose will depend on your own family circumstances and preferences. Whoever pays the most might call the shots, for example, or the head of the family might retain control.”

“The crucial thing is that you do put in structures, and that you genuinely intend to follow them. Good fences make good neighbours, so all parties should work on the assumption that in the end you may fall out and end up in court arguing over the letter of the agreement, even if that is the last thing on your mind right now, in the excitement of buying. For example, is a loan really a loan or does one sibling “sort of” think it might be a gift? Is time being shared equally or does one of you really think they own it more than the others”?

“As years go by, memories fade and new family members come onto the scene, so it can save many problems down the line if you get everything in writing, and remember you have done so”.

The three most important considerations from a legal point of view are ownership, payments and inheritance

We asked some trusted overseas lawyers for suggestions on legal structures for the deal. […]”

Giandomenico De Tullio of De Tullio Law Firm in Italy says that, one solution would be for the head of the family to buy the property: “In Italy it would be advisable structuring the investment in the following way: grandma and grandpa would purchase the ‘usufruct’ [lifetime right of use] assigning to the siblings the bare ownership. When the grandparents pass away, the siblings will acquire full ownership of the property without the need to manage the Italian succession procedure.”

Finally …

Read the full Guide to buying abroad with family Or get in touch with us at

First published in Great Britain in 2017 by: The Overseas Guides Company Ltd, 26-28 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 7BA
Copyright © The Overseas Guides Company Ltd, 2017


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Your Overseas Home Events

Your Overseas Home. Regular events that help people buy and move overseas safely

De Tullio Law Firm at Your Overseas Home Event

Your Overseas Home Property events help people buy and move abroad safely.

Property Guides and The Overseas Guides Company (OGC) regularly run these free events around the UK.

Kim Brown founded OGC. Kim’s parents had bought a home in Cyprus in 2004. However, without access to the right information and with some contacts who turned out to be untrustworthy, it sadly ended unhappily.

Seeing the impact on her parents, Kim determined not to let this happen to anyone else. She therefore decided to set up OGC to provide high-quality, carefully researched guidance for anyone buying their dream home abroad.

Buying a property overseas can be stressful and daunting

With this in mind, the Your Overseas Home and Smart Currency Exchange teams have created these exclusive events to reduce the stress and risk for people interested in buying properties abroad. Buyers have the opportunity to :

– browse a selection of properties that might suit requirements.

– ask questions to property experts

– discuss budgets and tactics to reduce risks of purchasing in a foreign country

– attend useful seminars hosted by property, legal and currency experts.

Generally several countries are represented at these events, including Italy.

Your Overseas Home. The Italian team

Your Overseas Home events include leading Italian estate agents, currency, Italian law, finance and removals experts.

De Tullio Law Firm has participated at a number of Your Overseas Home events. Along with other Italian property experts, we respond to a wide range of questions and provide tailored guidance to make the purchase of Italian property as smooth as possible.

As well as seeing plenty of Italian homes at Your Overseas Home, you have the time and opportunity to discuss your personal requirements and get advice on all aspects of buying a property in Italy.

Finally …

If you would like to attend the next Your Overseas Home event, we’ll keep you posted if you follow us on our  on Facebook and our other social media channels.

If you can’t get to a Your Overseas Home event but would like some expert guidance, why not get in touch with us?


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The New York Times. Reciprocal Legislation

Nationals from some countries face restrictions when buying property in Italy

In a recent article about buying property in Italy, The New York Times interviewed De Tullio Law Firm about reciprocal legislation. “Because of reciprocal legislation, citizens of some countries face restrictions when buying real estate in Italy, but those from the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia are not among them”, said Giandomenico De Tullio, a partner at the De Tullio Law Firm.

What is the reciprocal legislation referred to in The New York Times?

Sovereign laws, set by individual countries, have always been applicable when it comes to property purchases. If you buy property in Australia for example, Australian laws are applicable. Likewise in Canada, the USA and elsewhere.

Australia, Canada, the USA and Italy are all members of the World Trade Organisation who have signed up to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). You can find out who has signed up to GATs here. Commitments made by signatories allow nationals to purchase properties in each others’ countries. This is known as reciprocity. There are, therefore, no barriers regarding market access or treatment of foreign purchasers.

Reciprocal commitments within GATS establish a quid pro quo principle

Essentially, you can invest in Italy so long as your home country allows Italian nationals to invest there. In other words, ownership of real estate, establishment of companies, the acceptance of inheritance or gifts are not conditional on citizenship.

However, purchasing property or setting up a company in Italy does not automatically confer the right to reside or work in Italy. If you want to become resident or work in Italy, you will need to obtain an Elective Residence Visa and permits.

Finally …

If you are considering buying a property anywhere in Italy, you might find our property guide useful. You should always seek independent legal advice. At De Tullio Law Firm we are specialists in cross border and Italian property law. If you would like to discuss your situation, please get in touch. We are here to help.

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Collaboration with Lo Schiavo Genealogica

We are pleased and proud to announce our collaboration with “Lo Schiavo Genealogica”, an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research, Italian-American dual citizenship, and Italian-American probate cases. Owner, Melanie D. Holtz, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the genealogy field. [expand title=”Read More”] She started out by researching her own Italian ancestors, who emigrated from the Italian province of Palermo at the end of the 19th century. Melanie brings her love of family and passion for all things Italian to her work.

Melanie served two terms on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and currently chairs the Professional Development Committee. She is a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, the National Italian American Foundation, the National Organization of Italian American Women, and many other genealogical institutions. Melanie regularly encounters Italian Americans with assets and relatives in Italy. We will be supporting Melanie’s services and providing advice to those looking to manage assets and succession abroad.

We look forward to working with her and further developing connections with Italian-American descendants who have kept our Italian culture alive across the Atlantic for so many years.

Lo Schiavo Genealogica’s website can be found at


Giandomenico De Tullio regional representative for AmCham

Giandomenico De Tullio, regional representative for AmCham

regional representative for AmchamLast 8th October 2015 Avv. Giandomenico De Tullio was appointed as regional representative for Puglia of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Italy (AmCham) is a private, non profit-making organisation whose aim is to develop and promote economic and cultural relations between the United States and Italy, to support and protect the interests of its associates’ commercial activities between the two countries, and to disseminate information concerning AmCham’s own activities amongst its members.

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