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  • For those who are thinking about moving to Italy, Milan is the place to be. This is according to Il Sole 24’s annual Quality of Life Index

    For the first time in the 30 years that Il Sole 24 has been conducting the Quality of Life Index, Milan has taken the top spot. It moved up seven spots from last year.

    Bolzano, Aosta, Belluno, and Trento round out the top five, as has been typical of the past several years. Belluno placed first in the rankings for 2017-18.

    Bologna placed at #7, up seven spots from last year. Roma and Firenze came in at 21 and 22, respectively.

    While Milan earned the top overall ranking for the best place to live in Italy this year, it did not rank first for all of the livability factors. Il Sole 24 publishes each of these lists, giving readers the chance to look up a variety of factors that matter to them. For example, Trieste ranked #1 for its startup culture; Mantova #1 for its urban ecosystem; and Massa-Carrara #1 for number of bookstores per 100,000 inhabitants. 

    Aerial view of Milan / photo via Il Sole 24 Ore

    Here’s the Top 25 for 2018-19 (full list, with ranking factors, here):

    1. Milan
    2. Bolzano
    3. Aosta
    4. Belluno
    5. Trento
    6. Trieste
    7. Bologna
    8. Pordenone
    9. Treviso
    10. Gorizia
    11. Ravenna
    12. Lecco
    13. Verona
    14. Sondrio
    15. Modena
    16. Bergamo
    17. Vicenza
    18. Reggio Emilia
    19. Mantova
    20. Rimini
    21. Roma
    22. Firenze
    23. Monza e Brianza
    24. Udine
    25. Forlì-Cesena
    Photo of Belluno, Veneto, winner of the Italy Quality of Life Index for 2017-18.
    Photo via Il Sole 24

    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 first wrote about the index for an Italy Roundtable post after getting letters from several readers, especially aspiring retirees, asking me where in Italy is the best place to move.

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