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Buying in Italy

The Knight Frank Italian Network of residential offices was established in Italy in 1994, starting from a tiny office in the middle of the Chianti region. 

Since then our network has expanded at a steady pace to cover virtually all of the areas of interest to the International market. As a result, whatever you are looking for, the range of properties to choose from is vast. You will find ruins to restore, Tuscan farmhouses and wine estates, holiday villas and city apartments. The combination of a large international agency in London working closely with ten local, bi-lingual associate offices, makes this kind of collaboration solid, trustworthy and reliable.

At Knight Frank we like to think that we are good at helping people buy the right house for them. This sometimes means several visits to different areas, before you really settle on a specific region where you feel at home. We are at hand to help with every stage of the process, right through to the final purchase contract and beyond – with the help of our property management team. For more information on the purchase process, take a look at our buying property in Italy guide (link to reports doc).

Selling your Property

Whether you have owned your property for nine months or nine hundred years, there comes a time when everyone wants to consider the possibility of selling their precious assets.

If you are a property owner and are considering putting it on to the international market, you might like to contact Bill Thomson in Italy to discuss the potential sale in complete confidence. If appropriate we can prepare a tailor-made marketing campaign, organise professional photography and launch the property onto the market using the Knight Frank web site We can often achieve press coverage in international and local property magazines to help promote the sale.


Take the time to establish which is the most suitable agency for your property as you will find that some are better than others at different types of property and above all better or worse in different regions. Don't give your house for sale to an agent who has to drive two hours for each viewing, because you won't get any!

Talk to the agency about their strengths and weaknesses. Try and understand how many houses they have sold in your area in the last year and at what value. Understand what percentage of the sale price they will charge you to handle the sale and what they will do for you for that money. Do not fall for the old trick of agencies charging you an initial fee to promote your property, as it is a scam. Talk to them about the appropriateness of an exclusive mandate for the sale, and whether this makes it cheaper for you.

Keep the property in a presentable condition where possible and please ensure that you have all of the correct certifications in place prior to going to the market. Nothing is worse than finding a buyer for a house that turns out to be unsaleable for two years while planning permits are obtained.

For viewings always ensure the house is opened in advance and looking appealing. Try not to leave barking dogs and children's toys in the drive, make the beds and do the washing up!

News & Research


Italian Tax & lifestyle report

Buy & Sell, Market Trends, Tips & Suggestions

The Italian Tax & Lifestyle Report shines a spotlight on a country, which has always offered an unrivalled lifestyle... read more

Property report

Prime Italy report

Buy & Sell, Estates for Sale, Exclusive, Listed, Taxes

The Prime Italy Report provides a summary of prime market conditions across Knight Frank’s key second home destination... read more


Whether you are thinking of selling or simply need an opinion of value for tax planning, we can provide a range of written or verbal valuations, depending on the specific requirement and use of this information.

Please contact Bill Thomson in Italy or Tony Hill in London to discuss this further