Best Places to Live in Italy: The Quality of Life Index 2010

Share Post:

This post may contain affiliate links, from which we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. See the affiliate disclosure for more details.

Florence, Rome, Venice – you already know the names of the cities you must add to your Italy travel itinerary. But, do you know which cities in Italy are the best places to live? Each year, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore publishes the Italy Quality of Life Survey, which calculates factors such as employment, free time, air quality, and public services in order to determine which Italian city dwellers are faring the best.

Not surprisingly, almost all of the towns that made it into the top 10 are not tourist hot spots. Although, Siena took the #5 spot and Bologna entered the top 10 this year at #8. Also not surprising is that most of the towns are in northern Italy, which is traditionally healthier and wealthier than the south.

And where did Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, and Milan place? Of those five tourist hotspots, Florence was the highest, ranking at #16. Milan was next at #21. Rome #35. Venice #46. And Naples ranked dead last at #107 (the trash problem, perhaps?).

Are you thinking about retiring in Italy? Relocating to Italy? Getting a summer home in Italy? Perhaps you want to consider the cities listed in the latest quality of life survey.

Duomo of Bolzano Italy
  • Save
Bolzano tops the list of best places to live in Italy. Which other cities made the top 10?

Following are the top 10 Italian cities with the best quality of life:

  1. Bolzano
  2. Trento
  3. Sondrio
  4. Trieste
  5. Siena
  6. Aosta
  7. Gorizia
  8. Bologna
  9. Oristano
  10. Belluno

Photo © firing_tower




Check out these current deals to Italy

Social Media

Explore More

white concrete building with flags on top during daytime

Easter in Rome: When, Where, and How to See Mass During Holy Week

Travel - Beautiful Lake Como, Italy
Travel - Beautiful Lake Como, Italy

Easter season is one of the best times to visit Rome. Here’s how you can plan your visit to Rome and Vatican during Holy Week.

Get The Latest Updates

Italy In Your Inbox

Get occasional emails on Italy deals, tips, and news delivered to your inbox.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap