If you're looking for the most affordable places to live in Italy, Abruzzo is the place to be. Located east of Rome, this region is often compared to Tuscany and offers big mountains, fantastic landscapes, great food, charming Italians and lots of expats. Pisa is also a great option for those looking for an affordable city with a renowned university, excellent healthcare and a medieval atmosphere. Bologna is known for its delicious food and its yellow, red and ochre buildings.
Verona is the setting for Shakespeare's most popular play, “Romeo and Juliet”. Naples is one of the oldest cities in the country and offers incredible cuisine such as pizza, coffee, pasta, seafood and wines. Ancona is surrounded by beautiful hills and close to Recanati, Loreto, Urbino and Jes. Sicily is an island with a great coastline and delicious citrus trees, walnut trees and vineyards.
Finally, my own region in southern Italy is ranked as the most affordable in surveys on the cost of living in Italy. Abruzzo is undoubtedly the best and cheapest region to live in Italy. Pisa is a thriving city with everything being extremely affordable there. Bologna has many places of interest that you can visit. Verona has towers and a medieval atmosphere.
Naples has an incredible history known to all Italians. Ancona has a rich history and is close to Grotte di Frasassi. Sicily has a warm climate and expenses can be as low as 30€ per day. Finally, rental costs in southern Italy can be between 300 and 600 euros.