Currently there are excellent properties for sale at reasonable prices in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy. These range from villas (true Tuscan villas as opposed to simply stand-alone houses – bear this difference in meaning in mind when house-hunting), converted farmhouses (case coloniche), and town and rural apartments, as well as full-fledged wineries and vineyards. It’s very important to talk to the neighbours of properties that you are interested in. They are much more likely to have a full knowledge of the pluses and minuses than an agent. Check the adequacy of the water supply in summer and don’t buy near restaurants and bars (late night noise).