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" ( http://www.smithgcb.demon.co.uk/ ) 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
Her website then goes into some detail about the precautions a
prospective buyer must take to successfully purchase property in
Property-Abroad.com also details the various factors involved in
buying property in Italy:
Search terms: buying business Italy
Search terms: buying property Italy
Good luck, or I should say Auguri. Enjoy your new venture.
All the best,