Retire Overseas Conference Orlando 27th / 30th of August

Conference Live and Invest Overseas – 
Orlando 27th / 30th of August 2017

This year ARP will participate to the annual conference of Live and Invest Overseas in Orlando, Florida. More info.

Habitable country house with land and olive grove, Molise.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita, Molise, Italy.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita. 70.000 €. View Property.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa close to Palmoli, Italy.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa surrounded by one hectare of land close to Palmoli, Abruzzo.

Beautiful restored old stone villa with one hectare of land, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 185.000 €. View Property.

Beautiful villa with sea view. Montenero di Bisaccia. Molise.

Beautiful villa with breath-taking view of the Adriatic sea, Majella mountain and rolling hills. Molise, Italy.

Beautiful villa. 370 sqm of habitable space surrounded by 1.500 sqm garden. 350.000 €. View Property.

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 A unique elegant property, a large historic palace of over 500 sqm, located in the historic centre of Colledimezzo. The palace has been built over 200 years ago; it used to be the local doctor's house and small private clinic.

Historic Palace in Colledimezzo, Abruzzo region, ItalyHistoric Palace - Room with frescos in Abruzzo, Italy

This charming and characterful property has belonged to the same family for over 200 years and now it is on the market for just 300.000,00 euro.

Sitting Room - Historic Palace in Colledimezzo, ItalyDining Room - Historic Palace in Colledimezzo, Italy

The roof of the entire building has been recently rebuilt and is completely new. The structure is in perfect conditions, no cracks, no signs of dump.

Historic Palace - Room with frescos in Abruzzo, ItalyHistoric Palace in Abruzzo, Italy

The palace is composed by four floors. On the ground floor we find a large foyer, a kitchen, a large living room with terrace, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large office. All the rooms avails of original tiles, oak doors, vaulted ceilings. From the foyer, an imposing staircase takes natural lights from the characteristic top cupola finely decorated with frescos. The staircase takes to the first floor were we find a large sitting area, a living room, three double bedrooms and a bathroom. All the rooms have frescos decorations on the ceilings, original tiles and beautiful character details. On the semi basement floor there are five rooms with exposed stone and vaulted ceilings, these rooms can be converted into habitable space because avail of windows and beautiful views. The basement floor was used as a cellar, storage rooms and wine cellar. This floor does not avail of natural light. The palace needs light internal cosmetic works and it has to be re-wired.

Roof detail - Historic Palace in Colledimezzo, ItalyPanoramic view - Historic Palace in Colledimezzo, Italy

A very unique opportunity to buy a dream property.

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Recipe of Cicerchiata

Cicerchiata, typical sweet from Abruzzo and Molise regions in Italy


For four "Cicerchiata"

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 spoons of powdered sugar

  • 150-200 g of flour

  • 200 g of honey

  • 4 spoons of olive oil

  • confetti or praline to decorate

Preparation of "Cicerchiata"

Mix the eggs, the sugar, the four spoons of olive oil, the flour. Add the flour gently allowing to mix with the other ingredients. Mix until you reach a smooth and consistent dough. Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes covering it with a tea towel.

Mix until you reach a smooth and consistent dough

After 30 minutes, make several tiny sticks with the dough.

Make several tiny sticks with the dough

Cut the sticks in small pieces the size of a bean.

Cut the sticks in small pieces

Put some oil in a fry pan and wait until the oil is very hot. Then fry the little beans made from the dough. When the fritters are ready, drain them from the oil with a perforated spoon. Put the fritters in a plate with blotting paper.

Fry the little beans made from the dough

Now put the honey in a wok and warm it up until it gets liquid. When it is warm and liquid, put the fritters into the honey and mix. All the fritters have to be completely immersed into the honey.

Put the fritters into the honey and mix

Now put the fritters into a plate and give them a shape (ring shape, pyramid, cupcake,...). Decorate with the praline or small confetti.

Wreath of fried sweet pasta dough balls slathered in hot honey and almonds
Typical Christmas or Carnival sweet in central Italy
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A few week ago I have found a picture in Pinterest, the title was: A DESCRIPTION OF APRUTIUM, NOW CALLED ABRUZZO, APPEARING ON THE BACK OF A MAP DATED 1590, from Donald Hall's 1956 book, "Eagle Argent"; I felt immediately very interested. I tried to read it, but it was too small and some of the words were completely unreadable. I printed the document to try to decipher it, but it has been hard because the file was badly scanned and many of the words were missed up and badly spelt. I have done a search to prove all the Latin names, those at least are right. Below the text I have managed to transcribe.

If someone has some suggestion or comment, I would be glad to hear them!

A description of Aprutium, now called Abruzzo, appearing on the back of a map dated 1590.

from Donald Hall's 1956 book, "Eagle Argent".

In the kingdom of Naples there is a province which they call Abruzzo, the Latin’s anciently named it, Aprutium: why it was so called, as it is uncertain, so that it took not his name of the Bruy, as someone have been of opinion. I make no question.

Some there are which think it so named Ab Aprus of Bores, for that country being forestry and full of woods, it swarmed with wild hogged: other name do derive it ab asperitate montis apennini, from the peaks of the mount Apenninus, which here in this tract is very hideous, steep and high. The greater and better sort of writers do believe that in it some part of the ancient name of Praetutium as yet remain.

For Scipione Mazzella, the Samnites, (and amongst them the Praetutium) the Peligni, Marsicans, Forestum, Vestini, Marsi, and Albenses, have formerly inhabited these places.

It is bounded at this day on the North side, by the Hadriaticke sea; on the West by the river Tronto, anciently called Truentus; On the East, by Fortore, in old time named Fronto; Upon the South it has the mount Apenine although in some places it stretches itself beyond the same.

This province Alphonsus thestout king of Aragon, divided into two parts, Abruzzo the nether, and Abruzzo the higher. Abruzzo the higher, which we have described apart by itself, is severed from the nether by the river Pescara, which old writers called Aternu. Scipione Mazzella in his curious description of the kingdom of Naples, affirmed that this country is by situation and nature of the place, very strong and inhabited by a stout and sturdy nation; and the soil is very fertile of wines and Cattell.

The chief cities of it are: Aquila, Interamnia or Teramo, Amatrice, Atri, Penne: and long since here have stood Amiterno and Fisconio, both now defaced, yet of their ruins and after is raised Aquila some few miles off, built upon the top of an hill, as Velateran and others have written. This city arise  in a place most fertile of all things necessary: so that the Cabbadges here (caulis capucci, they call them) do often weigh, as Mazella reported, sometime thirty, sometime forty pound; In Amiternos fertile fields we went and spend our days. The fields before the cities, do yield such great plenty of Saffron, that thereof yearly they make 40000 ducats. Here is once a year kept a great Faire. It had 110 Churches. Near this city, as Blondus said, is a stone under which runs a stream of oil, which they call oile of peter, or Petroleum: and is desired and fought for many, but of the Aleman’s and Hungarian it is more esteemed than the Italians.

The fame authors recorded that the country people shewed him a Pear-tree  growing upon an hill not far from the head of the river Pescara, or Aterno, shooting up in such a sort that the water falling upon it, divided itself into three parts which became three great rivers, Velino, Tronto, and Pescara running in three divers ways. Aterno in former times a goodly city, famous in histories and the native country of Salus the noble Historian can hardly be discerned where it stood: yet, Blondus said that they do yet threw some pieces of the Theatre, Temples, and Turrets. Mazella affirmed that there yet do remain the Temple of Saturne, the tomb of Thrugìfus daughter and a triumph of the Samnities engraved in marble, a memorial of the happy victory obtained against of the Roman army. Teramo long since called Intersonia, for that it is situate between three rivers, Fiumicello, Trentino and Vitiole, is the head city of this province whose Bishop is graced with many titles and dignities and the lord of the soil is called by the name of the Duke of Teramo, Adria the ancient colony of the Romans, is now called Atri. Some do think that the Emperor Hadrian was born here and of it took his name, as also the Hadriaticke sea, now called Mare Supersum, the higher sea, the Gulf or bay of Ve… F…. sometime had been a famous bishoptick whose bishops are often mentioned in the Councils and Synods held 800 years since, at Rome or other places in Italy. At this day, only some small mention is to be seen of it for it was destroyed by the Lombardes and the Bishops sea was by Pope Alexander the fourth, from thence translated into Aquila. The arms of this country as Mazella wrote is an Eagle argent crowned, standing upon three mounts or in afield Azore. He has desired to understand more of this country let him to the forenamed authors, who I doubt not will satisfy him to the full.  

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You have bought your dream house in Abruzzo region and now you are thinking about a swimming pool...What permits do you need to install a swimming pool in Italy?

If you have bought a house in Abruzzo and you are thinking about installing a swimming pool, it is important that you follow the right procedure to require the necessary permits before starting any work. Every region in Italy and even every municipality have different laws regarding the installation of swimming pools.



First of all, to install a swimming pool you need to require a permit to the municipality where the house is located; It is not possible to install a pool without any permit. The permit can be either a simple S.C.I.A. or a building project. If you have bought a land and you are building your house from scratch or if you are restoring a ruin and you intend to extend it, then you will need a building project. An engineer, an architect or a geometra of your choice will apply for your building project. Besides all the structural works, the building project can also cover the installation of the pool.


On the other hand, if the house is already built and you just need to install the pool, you have to ask a geometra to apply for a S.C.I.A.

S.C.I.A. means 'Segnalazione Certificata Inizio Attivita’, this document is necessary when you intend to renovate the house without changing its structure: renovate a bathroom, knock down a partition wall, change the layout of the rooms, etc…The S.C.I.A. is also required if you intend to install a swimming pool.  Normally a geometra charges 500, 00 / 600,00 euro to submit a S.C.I.A. 


In any case is always better to ask the advice of a geometra because the type of permit is also related to size of the pool. If the pool has a volume that is above the 20% of the size of the house, it is necessary to apply for a building project. Differently, if the volume of the pool is less than the 20% of the volume of the building a S.C.I.A. is acceptable.


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