8Bolzano, South Tyrol

If you want access to other European countries, then Bolzano is ideal. Situated in northern Italy near the country’s Swiss and Austrian borders, it has the distinct feel of an Alpine city. It also has close ties to nearby Germany since the region changed hands many times over the past several centuries.

This medium-sized city consistently ranks among the best in Italy, not just for expats but for anyone. However, the city’s cosmopolitan feel is heavily influenced by its Austrian and German heritage. You can see it in the food, architecture, lifestyle, and languages spoken.