Are you exploring options for the prime destination to spend your golden years in Italy? Look no further, as this article discloses the best retirement oases.

In a recent report from the personal finance site GoBanking Rates, Italy is well-represented with two cities featuring amongst Europe’s top seven retirement locations. They are Lecce, located in the region of Puglia, and Parma in Emilia Romagna. This duo is particularly inviting for those planning to retire in the near future and especially for those born between 1945 and 1964.

This roster was curated by some of Europe’s top real estate professionals. The criteria used to adjudicate the ranking were amalgamation of affordability, service availability, and artistry, leaving no stone unturned to find the best options for retirees seeking a high-quality but reasonably priced lifestyle.

Why do Lecce and Parma score so highly as post-retirement abodes in Europe?

With its relaxed pace and affordable housing solutions, Lecce allows retirees to fully embrace the local culture. Exploring the city’s Roman ruins and mediaeval churches, browsing Apulian markets and sampling the local cuisine are inexpensive pleasures. It is known as the Florence of the south.

The nearby coastline also offers easy access to swimming and seaside walks. Lecce’s growing community of expats also welcomes newcomers.

Here you can find your ideal retreat in the town of Lecce.


In Parma, retirees have an open invitation to dive into Italian gastronomy, without needing to splurge. The town is globally acknowledged for its Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. Beyond food, Parma opens up avenues for cultural exploration through its historical residences, galleries and churches. Its compact size promotes leisurely walks and opportunities to socialize with residents and expats alike. With excellent healthcare facilities, a rich local culture and amenities that are easy on the wallet, Parma enables retirees to revel in the Italian ‘dolce vita’.

Search for your perfect home in the Parma area.

Looking beyond Italy, three other European havens have also been recognized for their attractiveness for retirees. Spain’s Valencia, Portugal’s Lisbon and Porto, Hungary’s Budapest, and Poland’s Krakow all have a special charm able to entice those looking forward to a blissful yet affordable retirement.

Let us know in the comments below if you agree with this research or not.