I keep coming back to this thread - I find it curious, because it depends on lots of criteria, where your family and friends are, where you could afford, etc. - i'd be curious why people chose the places they chose.
Where would i move? Let's assume i could afford it, have health care, not need a car to get around necessarily, etc - all unlikely - but where would l love to live if i could?
In a minute I'd move to one of the places my kids live, to be near them. That's my first priority and only realistic condition - so that would be
Second criterion: to be near my friends. That would mean (the envelope, please):
Boston. And I love the city, it's liveable and culturally alive and easy to get around without a car (essential)
Third criterion, climate. I miss the climate of new england. The change of seasons, the waking up to the silence of a snowstorm, frost designs on the windows, the morning sun through ice-covered branches, the spring that finally comes with the scent of wet earth and small blossoms, the summer that is rich and green, fall that bowls you over, the sense of a sky that is moving constantly down from far away places - it seems so high. So that would be
Fourth criterion, the landscape: three places have enchanted me deeply to the core, and given me a sense of peace i haven't found anywhere else:
Cape cod, especially the salt marshes,
and the high plains of Abruzzo. You can take your dolomites with their lofty peaks, the rolling grass-covered hills or plains are peace itself. Magic.
Sixth criterion: City. I love cities, the ease of getting around, not needing a car, the concentration of things to do. What is the definitive city? I've always wanted to live in
Fifth criterion: where people are nice or at least not gratuitously rude and aggressive
That would be anywhere I've been but Rome. Even in NYC people wait for others to get off the bus before going on, and i was never physically pushed out of the way, even in the rush hour/
So there is no place i really could satisfy all of the above.