The year’s end is fast approaching. It’s a time when many choose to reflect on the months gone by and to set your 2020 goals.

So, if you are thinking about relocating abroad, you could start from this list of the greenest destinations in Italy compiled by Legambiente, the Italian environmentalist association.

In their report, Ecosistema Urbano, they analyzed the environmental performances and the quality of life of 104 main towns based on data collected in 2018 and on 18 parameters that ranges from public transport to recycling rates, from pollution to green areas.

Let’s see what the first five hidden gems have to offer.

The North boasts the highest number of Italy’s top cities for sustainable living

Trento – In terms of quality of life and environment, the capital of Trentino Alto Adige is on top among Italy’s greenest destinations. It is located just south of the Dolomite Mountains. The area is well-known for winter sports, but the city is a great travel destination too. Enjoy the spectacular Piazza Duomo or visit the marvellous Buonconsiglio castle. If you still haven’t planned a trip to Italy in December, you have to experience the Christmas atmosphere there! Its Christmas market is one of the most charming of Italy! It offers up to 90 wooden stalls full of gifts, arts and crafts. A glass of vin brulè will warm you up. Find homes in Trento area.

Mantua – It lies sout-east of Lombardy, surrounded by three lakes, 40 km from lake Garda and Verona. The town boasts an impressive historic centre encircled by walls with lots of well-preserved renaissance buildings. Palazzo Ducale, the residence of the Gonzaga family, is an attraction that can’t be missed: a jewel of the Reinassance with a marvellous masterpiece of Mantegna, La camera degli sposi. Don’t forget to take a stroll on the lakeside to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the romantic view of the water lilies. Explore properties in the area of Mantua.

Bolzano – Bolzano is the second town of Trentino Alto Adige included in this ranking. Surrounded by the Italian Alps, it is a fantastic town hidden by the mountains. The countryside is a paradise for those who love to walk, climb and cycle. Take the cable car to the plateau of Soprabolzano to enjoy the outstanding panorama of the Dolomites.

But there is so much more to see besides the stunning mountain scenery, in fact the town is surrounded by enchanting medieval castels and ancient churches and is home of the 5000-year-old-man: Ötzi. Browse homes in Bolzano area.

Pordenone – This is definitely an off the beaten path destination that deserves a visit in the underrated region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. There are many reasons why you should consider this area of Italy as your perfect retreat overseas. Did you know that it is called the painted city? Its historic centre boasts some marvellous painted and frescoed buildings that prove its economically and culturally rich past. So while walking on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in the heart of the town, look up and don’t miss this treasure! Then take a stroll under the admirable porches stretching along its majour roads and go shopping or take a break in its historic cafes. View homes in Pordenone.


Parma – Foodies gather around! Your hunger of excellent food will be satisfied! Numerous traditional restaurants and cafés serve local ham and cheese and the other specialties. But this lovely town has also plenty of beautiful architecture, from Piazza Duomo to the elegant Teatro Regio. You can easily explore its historic alleys on foot and enjoy every corner of it. It is also the perfect town to visit by bike: very popular among locals.
Last but not least, it has been chosen as Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2020, so there will be lots of of events. Find homes in Parma area.

What about the rest of Italy?

In central Italy the most liveable regions are Marche and Emilia Romagna respectively with Pesaro (6th) and Macerata (15th) , and Reggio Emilia (12th) and Bologna (13th) in the top 15.

The first greenest destination in the South of Italy appear in 9th position with Oristano in Sardinia. Then we find Cosenza in Calabria which is in 14th position and Catanzaro, capital of the region, is in 31st place. In Basilicata region the first town, which is Potenza, is only in 50th place.

Is the ‘green’ factor something you take into consideration when choosing the best destination for you to move abroad? Let us know in comments below.