With the European Commission recently forecasting Italy’s economic growth at 0.6% for this year, and a further increase of 1.4% in 2016, attention has fallen on one of the major contributing factors, namely external demand and investment. Tourism from overseas visitors in particular has become a key element in the country’s economic recovery.

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 highlights the significance of Italy’s growing tourism industry, as the country jumped from 26th in 2013 to 8th in the global league table. The report puts Italy amongst the best in the world on digital demand for culture and entertainment, as well as natural tourism.

Tuscany’s range of landscapes and varied areas of natural beauty continue to entrance visitors from all over the world, says Simone Rossi of the Terre Gialle Residence & Resort in Maremma. “We have definitely noticed an increase of enquiries related to the natural charm of Tuscany when speaking to potential buyers, with specific interest in relation to the area and what Mount Amiata has to offer, something that just cannot be found elsewhere.