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IRISH DAILY Mirror PROPERTY IRELAND: BEACH FRONT PROPERTIES ON THE STUNNING COAST OF ITALY; Healthy living in a Mediterranean Paradise.

Byline: MICHAEL DONOVAN

ATLAS International, the leading overseas property company, have added yet another exciting destination to their ever-expanding portfolio.

This time, it's Italy-a wonderful country with the perfect blend of beautiful countryside and picturesque coastline. Italy has a great climate, gorgeous food and wine, exceptional design and fashion, and very friendly family orientated people.

"It's easy to see why Italy is one of the top destinations for visitors as well as buyers. Not only, has it got a unique culture and history, but it also has long hot summers and all-year-round Mediterranean climate.

The quality of life is high with a low cost of living, the infrastructure and facilities are highly advanced, yet the environment remains unspoilt and diverse" says James Dearsley of Atlas.

James further adds: "Italy is becoming more accessible cheap airlines, more air access, an increase in the number of road and rail links and an improvement of existing transport infrastructure in very recent years has led to Italy becoming a far more accessible nation from the European mainland and from the UK."

Moreover, the property buying process for overseas investors is secure and straightforward. To buy in Italy, all that is required is an Italian tax code-a codice fiscale.

There is no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax, and the wealth tax is only 0.4 per cent of the property value. Euro mortgages are also available for overseas buyers.

Some of the areas in Calabria where Atlas has its properties include Pizzo Calabro, San Sostene, Soverato and Brancaleone.

Pizzo Calabro is located 15 minutes from Lamezia airport and 200 metres from the sandy beach. Properties here include a one bed studio from EUR74.500 and two-bed apartments from EUR146.900.

In San Sostene, properties are five to 10 minutes drive to the beach and just minutes drive to Lamezia airport. Soverato is just 30 minutes from Lamezia airport where key ready 3 bed 2 bath villas walking distance from the beach start from only EUR227.900. Brancaleone is 20 minutes from Reggio Di Calabria airport where front line to the beach one-bed penthouses start from EUR176.500.

Italy combines art, history and contemporary fashion with stunning natural landscapes Italy combines art, history and contemporary fashion with stunning natural landscapes.

The turquoise waters of the Costa Smeralda offer one of Europe's most beautiful stretches of sand, sea and sunshine, while the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite Mountains are a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

The moderating influence of the sea, and the protection given by the Alpine barrier from the cold north winds, join to bless Italy with a temperate climate. The summer is hot and dry, but the temperature is mitigated on the coast by sea breezes, and in the Apennines and Alps it is pleasantly cool.

Italy is synonymous with good food and wine. Italian food is a very integral part of life in Italy. The cuisines reflect the cultural variety of its regions, and its diverse history with culinary influences from numerous civilisations.

The cuisine is highly seasonal and the dishes of each region reflect the diversity of the seasons.

Calabria, a narrow peninsula extending into the heart of the Mediterranean for three hundred kilometres, is one of the beautiful regions where Atlas has properties on offer.

The area is famed for its picturesque towns and villages, great food and outstanding coastlines and landscapes. One of the most unspoilt, idyllic areas of Italy, Calabria has near perfect weather all year round and a relaxed, very Italian way of life.

"A buyer can find every type of property here, be it a lakeside villa, a farmhouse in the mountains or even a beach front apartment," explained James.

"Calabria manages to combine a fantastic culture, excellent temperate climate, delicious cuisine, with a range of fascinating towns and villages, as well as some of the most desirably beautiful countryside in the world, making it a region unlike any other-timeless and evergreen in its appeal."

FOR more information on Atlas International or for a free colour brochure call 051 874 488 visit www.atlasinternational.ie or pop into your local branch: 7 Colbeck Street, Waterford, Co. Waterford
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