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The new Florida? The Marches

Posted by Carassai on August 20, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Corriere.it - Alessandra Farkas

The Journal of retired U.S. : is one of five shelters in the world

The places where seniors live after work. "Good climate, health care quality and low prices”

 

NEW YORK - John Williams, a 62 years old chiropractor from Pennsylvania, moved to a farmhouse with an acre and a half of century-old olive grove on the outskirts of Senigallia, near the sea, where it produces oil and canned fruit with his wife and two young teenagers. "I arrived on holiday in the Marche and I decided to stay - said the doctor - now would not live anywhere else on earth." To keep him company may soon be an army of compatriots, after the influential AARP bible of retired Americans (35.6 million subscribers) has chosen the Italian region between the "five earthly paradises" where to live after retirement, together Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Languedoc-Roussillon (France) Boquete (Panama) and Cascais (Portugal).

The reason: "Le Marche has everything: beautiful beaches, charming vineyards, art and architecture to no end, some of the best fish dishes of Italian cuisine and even the snowy mountains where winter sports." If this were not enough, says AARP journalist Barry Golson, author of Retirement Without Borders, and Gringos in Paradise, "Le Marche has a good climate, good public health system, outdoor opera festival and affordable." For millions of baby boomers Italophiles who have seen their savings evaporate with the crisis on Wall Street, are the smart alternative to expensive Tuscany, "now prohibitively all year," points the finger at AARP, and Umbria, ' Similarly dear. " It almost seems like a commercial for a new Florida. Ironic coincidence after hot polemics in Italy earlier this year for the expensive commercial Dustin Hoffman testimonial of Marche Region that reads the Infinite by Giacomo Leopardi, metrics and wrong words and distorting as to induce even in Mina out of its legendary exile to denounce. Seen from America, even that flop over to help the image of a region 'sufficiently fashionable - says AARP - to catch Hoffman as a testimonial. " The star of Midnight Cowboy and Rain Man is not the only one to declare "love of the land without peer." The first to "discover" the writer was John Moretti, who in his 2004 book Living Abroad in Italy devoted an entire chapter to the Marches, with practical advice on how to open yourself a farm and a list of estate agents. A year later the New York Times published a long article titled Is Le Marche the Next Tuscany?, Which remained for days on the top list of most read pieces of your website. And to ride the new passion of Americans of Italian origin also superchef Lidia Bastianich, who Marches to the kitchen devoted several episodes of its popular show, Lidia's Italy. For the chiropractor Williams is mostly a matter of numbers: "If you exclude the cost of the house, enough to live on $ 20,000 a year, though with a higher income people live better." It seems almost impossible: $ 40 for dinner for two, $ 600 rentals and houses for sale for $ 150,000. The problem, if anything, is to hurry. Before the Marche become "the new Umbria.

 

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