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Q: Starting a B&B in Italy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Starting a B&B in Italy
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: 1tim-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Sep 2006 14:07 PDT
Expires: 29 Oct 2006 13:07 PST
Question ID: 769548
Can a US citizen own and operate a B&B in Italy? Can you own property
in Italy? Buy an existing B&B?

Subject: Re: Starting a B&B in Italy
Answered By: alanna-ga on 29 Sep 2006 20:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear 1tim-ga - 

Good news!  The short answer to all your questions is YES.  Here are
some websites that explain the ins and outs of owning property in
Italy and especially a Bed&Breakfast.

According to the "Piedmont Properties" ( )  FAQ: 

"It's easy to open a B&B in Italy: you just inform the Tourist Office
of your comune (parish) that you are open for business, telling them
the prices you intend to charge. A notice stating the price, and
bearing the stamp of the comune, should then be displayed behind the
door of each guest room - although in practice many B&Bs don't do

Additionally, you must live in the house yourself and it must have a
maximum of 3 furnished double guest rooms of a certain size, and must
conform with safety regulations.

The Piedmont Properties FAQ also outlines the rules a non-EU citizen
must follow in order to start a business in Italy.

As far as buying the property is concerned, Tracey Meaghan,  a
property advisor in Europe, says:

"Generally, there are three steps involved in buying a property:
proposal of purchase, preliminary purchase and final purchase.  There
are certain legal precautions that can be followed throughout each
stage to protect your interests and ensure your purchase goes
successfully. "

Her website then goes into some detail about the precautions a
prospective buyer must take to successfully purchase property in
Italy: also details the various factors involved in
buying property in Italy:

Search strategy:
Search terms: buying business Italy
Search terms: buying property Italy

Good luck, or I should say Auguri.  Enjoy your new venture.

All the best,

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