5.  Abruzzo, Italy

  • Your monthly budget: $1,265

Food and culture are top-notch here. Expats say they enjoy outdoor yoga classes, classical concerts, festivals and antique markets. The region is home to three national parks offering hiking trails and lakes for swimming and boating. Real estate here can be up to 80% cheaper than Tuscany.

But it's not exactly like the metropolitan hubs of Florence or Rome. Most people don't speak English. Health care is also a drawback. You might need to travel for any major surgeries or serious conditions.

First published July 24, 2015: 2:39 PM ET
Monthly budgets consider the following costs: rent for a one-bedroom apartment, groceries, utilities, cable, Internet, phone services, and entertainment (eating out twice a week and two trips to the movies a month).

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