Beginning at the end - Italy garners position #10 on the International Living Quality of Life Index for the Top 10 Best Places to Live in the World.
Rome, Venice, Florence - mountains surrounded by prestine lakes - beaches of gold and picturesq villages with cobble stone streets. Welcome to Itlay!
Did you know Italy boasts 60% of the world's most treasured art and the World Health Organization ranked Italy's Health Care system #2 in the world? What esle makes Italy so special and worthy of being named the 10th best place on the planet to live? How about some of the world's best vineyards, opera, espresso coffee, pizza and ice cream?
Down sides - Italy can be expensive especially in popular big cities of Northern Italy; unemployment tends to run high and incomes are lower than found in North America. Striking workers are common place while corruption and bueracratic red tape makes waiting in line and simply waiting a common Italian pastime.
The Italian weather is thought by many to be idylic with short, mild winters and hot long summers. And if you venture south or out into the countryside and away from those 'popular' tourist zones housing is affordable and the cost of living reasonable.
All this gives Italy a rank of tenth for Quality of Life and one of the Top Best Places to Live in the World.