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AARP The Magazine names Italy one of the best places abroad to retire

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Urbino, a medieval town in Le Marche, offers retirees some of the most impressive Renaissance archtiecture in Italy -- minus the tourists, advises AARP The Magazine.


In the September/October 2010 issue of AARP The Magazine, writer Barry Golson travels the globe, ranking potential retirement locations abroad by climate, expat community, cost of living, health care, housing costs, access to the U.S., culture, and leisure. His top picks? Italy in addition to Mexico, France, Portugal, Panama.  


But where in Italy to settle? Notes Golson, “Problem is, Tuscany is now prohibitively expensive in all seasons. So the solution, say savvy expats, is to settle in an area less publicized and pricey.” He recommends Le Marche, quoting author John Moretti of "Living Abroad in Italy" as saying,"Nature lovers will get more pristine beauty for their money in Le Marche than anywhere else in central Italy."


Golson continues, “Whereas Le Marche can't match the fabled art treasures of Rome or Florence, the walled city of Urbino boasts Renaissance architecture considered among the most impressive in Italy—minus the crush of tourists.”


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