If you are looking for a Place in the Sun in Italy, Liguria is the right place:
Western Liguria is famous for its unique climate (the mildest in Italy all year round)
Here you get more than the sunshine - Liguria will makes you smile: Liguria's people are happy people, provide you with good Mediterranean food and the best climate in the world.
If for instance, you settle near the town of Sanremo you get more than good food, sunshine, sandy beaches and wonderful climate, here you have the best of both worlds: beautiful shops, nice cafes, but also Theatre, Casino and of course the close proximity of Monte Carlo with its racing circuit and all the sophistication of the world of their discerning residents.
The Italian Rivera has been the summer residence of European Royalty for centuries, they appreciated the advantages of a healthy climate long ago and this has not changed. Many of the old Palaces and Villas, once occupied only by one Royal family, have now been converted into apartments, with all the old charm and glamour, yet with modern living in mind. Beautiful parks and wonderful views abound.
The Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers) is the land of colours, of sunshine and blue sky, and of everlasting springtime. Seaside resorts can odder you tourist and sports facilities together with interesting itineraries to the discovery of local history and traditions. Moving to the hinterland, you can visit several villages, such as Dolceacqua (with the ancient castle of the Doria family) or Vallebona, a village characterised by narrow carrugi (i.e., steep alleys which are typical of Liguria), artists' workshops, and frescoes that decorate its houses; while Apricale lies on a spur from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Maritime and Ligurian Alps. Sanremo can offer you its almost endless ways of entertainment, such as tourist attractions, sports facilities (golf, water sports, horse riding, tennis, cycling, trekking, skiing at 1h drive, etc), oenogastronomic itineraries, and shows that take place all year round: the Corso Fiorito (i.e., San Remo Flowers Carnival parade), the Italian Song Festival, the cycling Milano-San Remo, the Car Rally Race or the famous Regattas.
The nearest airport is the International Airport of Nice (France) at only 40 min drive, with many daily flights to London and connections worldwide (it's the 2nd hub in France). In Italy, Genoa airport is at 1 h drive while the private airport of Villanova "Clemente Panero" is just 25 min away. From the airports you can easily take a taxi (Nice-Sanremo is approx 120 Euro). Train/Bus services are very low cost, just takes longer.
Mountains diving into the sea; hills covered by olive groves and vineyards; well-known resorts along the coast; and lovely villages full of charm and history scattered throughout the hinterland: this is what awaits for you here...