From first century BC ruins to the Zaha Hadid-designed Maxxi Museum of Twenty-first Century Arts, Rome is one of Europe’s most cultured and fascinating cities. The ‘Eternal City’ is not only the capital but also the centre of Italian history, religion, food and fashion.
Prices among the yellow ochre and dusty pink flat-fronted houses in the Centro Storico are higher than any other city in Italy and the closer you get to the main landmarks the steeper prices become. In 2013 over 12.5 million tourists visited Rome so for buyers who want their home to earn its keep, a well-located apartment should rent strongly.
Away from the centre, Flaminio close to Maxxi and the stately villas in hilltop Monteverde Vecchio are popular choices for house hunters while international schools and golf courses north of Rome encourage interest there.