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Characterful stone house to restore. Carunchio. Abruzzo.

Characterful stone house with traditional features to restore. Carunchio. Abruzzo.

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

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 Olive oil flows like blood through the veins of most Abruzzan’s. Famously proud of their culture, traditions and of course their food, olive oil is held in the highest of esteem.

We arrived in this little spot of paradise 8 years ago, heady with desire to make a home in this rich and diverse region, attracted by the wild, uncontrived landscape and the draw of the mountain ranges and azure coast alike. As big city dwellers we were searching for a healthier, slower pace of life and wanted our feet firmly stomping on fertile ground. We were overwhelmed by the depth and passion the Abruzzesi share with everything they do. Olive oil was something we definitely wanted to produce for our little family and extended family and the hoards of friends we knew would descend on us throughout the years.

In September we give a counter prune, take out shoots that have no fruit, or branches that will hinder picking, let in an extra bit of light to mature the fruit.

Our first taste of production was by a chance meeting with our now great friends whilst waiting to view a house in Casalanguida, a place we later found out to be considered the heart of olive oil in this area. We met in March just in time for the pruning stage of the plants and we were openly invited to assist, we eagerly agreed and spent a happy few weeks pruning and cleaning 1000 plants. We say plants as that is the translation here, they are then forced into a tree shape for maximum production.
We learnt that pruning is done in a two year cycle, with half of the trees pruned hard to encourage new growth. Those then would produce less fruit than their less harshly pruned neighbours which would be called production plants for that year. We even joined our friend on a day pruning course to learn how to recover abandoned olives, a skill that became essential when we finally had our own grove.

If you ask 10 locals how to prune you will get more that 20 different solutions, so we slowly fell into our preferred style with consideration to the abandoned grove we have. The plants are huge and were surrounded by edging woodland so we slowly freed the plants revealing gnarly gloriously shaped trunks. Some with so many trunks we renamed them Stonehenge! They are grand and powerful and shimmer in their beauty.
We try to keep them low for ease of picking and try to divide them into four champagne glass shape corners, opening out the centre to allow light throughout the whole plant.
We were told that the olive is very forgiving and they grow so vigorously we have never held back on their sculpting, all is a learning curve and what you may think were mistakes will be forgiven by next year’s growth. Every year we improve on the grove. The grove is then left for the summer, just merely keeping the grass down, the plants make gentle dabbled shade for afternoon naps!
In September we give a counter prune, take out shoots that have no fruit, or branches that will hinder picking, let in an extra bit of light to mature the fruit. The most important job then is to clean around the bases where new growth is shooting up, this makes laying the nets under difficult, we make sure that the bases and land is very clear and clean, this prevents ripping nets, one of our catchphrases is ‘no noses’.

The great harvest – branches laden, drooping to the floor, almost like bunches of grapes. When to pick, that is the question, every year brings new influences, is the fruit ready, how has the weather been, too much water, not enough, too much sun, not enough, high winds at flowering, the dreaded fly, all negate the quality and quantity of the harvest. Ours being an experimental approach we prefer early picking towards the end of October, we prefer full flavours over high production. Again some wait for the plants to be an array of fruit both green and black morphing from one to the other, whilst others will wait till all is black, full of oil, easy picking, or is the choice to wait until the perfect phase of the moon, should your approach be biodynamic.

We were fortunate to become the guardians of some 50 ancient plants, they had been left to make their own way for some 20 years or so, whilst slightly unloved, naturally organic, we uncovered roughly 40 back into production, and have planted a further 30 to keep them company which will take a good few years to bear fruit. We have an enchanting grove scattered with old and new plants.
In all the years that we have harvested we have had glorious sunny short wearing weather, we take 2 long days as we are looking to make extra virgin oil which is based on the acidity level of the oil, the major factor in this is the time the olives are left off the plants to pressing which is why we like to pick and press in 48 hours.

Days when three or sometimes four generations of one family work together tirelessly on their harvest with glorious picnics on groves.

So having checked in with Alberto at the mill we will get up before dawn normally armed with eager friends or family, again in an attempt to make the optimum oil we hand pick our plants which we believe is more gentle on the fruit.
With us and a very energetic toddler we will set out to the grove carrying nets, crates and combs, we lay out the nets below the first tree, we set off on the most joyous job of the year, it never seems like a chore, there is something very humbling about setting your feet on mother earth and looking up through the branches to the sky, cricked neck and all, the sun warming the autumn air and the plant gives up its fruit gratefully knowing that it is going to make you one of the world’s most valued products.

Many use mechanical flippers and we have worked at friends groves in this method too, the valley livens with the energetic sounds of branches being brushed and millions of leaves and olives combed, gently falling to the nets. This is just our little valley imagine that multiplied by thousands again in the Chieti valleys and then the Abruzzi valleys and then the whole of Italy, unimaginable. Days when three or sometimes four generations of one family work together tirelessly on their harvest with glorious picnics on groves.

The days are punctuated with little breaks for coffee, cakes, wines and delights to keep the energy levels high. Picking is hard work, tiring on the legs and necks, lots of looking up and bending down. We work one plant at a time, working methodically, some clambering in the branches, waiting for the unanimous call ‘finito’ signalling the gathering of the nets and skilfully pouring of olives into crates. Then this choreographed ballet moves on to the next plant, two nets down, pegged to prevent escapees rolling away from the charms of the nets. And so with the gentle steady rhythm the day continues with the sound track of lively banter of happy pickers, joking, telling stories and ponderings of life. Then as the day draws dark there is a push to get the last plants to give up their bounty and we head off to the mill. We speculate on the amount, quality, all of our hearts and souls are in these round little fruits and the picking is over for another year.

In the strive for the most perfect oil we use a certified organic mill, it uses cold extraction process, which is an upgraded version of cold pressed, which means you are not heating the oil which affects the flavour.
The mill is always packed, the hubbub of collection and the thrill of completion, talks of quantity and quality, of how the spring was too cold or the summer too hot or of the previous year’s fly problems, stories of years ago when the plants were so full the ground was slippery with it, of days of old when harvests waited until after the first snow!

There is a smell and mist, oily haze at the mill that is unique, you are tired, it is late and chilly but you want to wait to watch your oil pressed, you sit wine in hand until your turn. You excitedly watch your crop being loaded into the hopper to be de-leaved and washed and then the great mulch begins followed by the centrifuge, separating and finally you watch those delicious drops pour, heady smell of fresh mountain grass and the joyous luminous golden yellow green colour appears, the harvest of your love and care and attention gently pours into your shiny steel can. Then to the final olive oil tradition, an experience so rare and exceptional, you bring home your oil and savour the first drizzled taste on fresh bread or homemade chittara, truly amazing, the pepper, the bite at the back of your throat, the freshness, indescribable.

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 Once you’ve found a home you want to buy, the next step is to make an offer, usually through an estate agent. There are no restrictions on foreign ownership in Italy.

Offer:

When you find the right property in Italy you can place an offer. If the offer is accepted by the owner of the property, Abruzzo Rural Property will collect all the document related to the house.

The most important documents are:

  • Titles documents
  • Floor plans and land maps
  • Energy certification

There might be other documents required by the notary. We will provide to the notary all the documents he asks for. The notary will check all the documents, if everything is in order he will issue an estimate. The estimate will include: Notary fee, purchase taxes, registration taxes.

When the notary gives his approval, and issues an estimate the buyer can choose to have a technical survey. The survey is not a mandatory document, it is not required by the notary. Nevertheless, the buyer might want to have it to be sure about the state of house. A survey can be provided by any registered surveyor, architect or engineer.

Preliminary agreement:

At this point after the approval of the notary and after the satisfactory outcome of the survey if the buyer decides to have one done, Abruzzo Rural Property can proceed to write a preliminary agreement.

The preliminary agreement is a pre-purchase contract where we will state:

  • Terms and conditions of the purchase
  • Buyers and vendors’ data
  • Property cadastral data
  • Price of the property

The preliminary agreement must be registered at the Agenzia delle Entrate to be an official contract. If the preliminary agreement is not registered, it’s value is reduced to a mere agreement amongst two people. When the buyer and the vendor will both have signed the preliminary agreement, the buyer must send a deposit of the 10% of the final purchase price. The deposit can be sent directly to the owner of the house or to the real estate agency that is handling the sale.

Usually the completion’s time after the signing of the preliminary agreement is two or three months. It is possible to complete the sale in shorter time or longer time according to buyer’s and vendor’s need. The terms of the sale will be stated in the preliminary agreement and will have to be respected. The preliminary agreement can be signed from abroad and sent by email. But two original copies with original signatures will have to be posted to Abruzzo Rural Property that will take care of the registration process.

Final Signing - Deed of sale:

The final signing will take place at a notary office here in Italy. To sign the final deed the buyer will have to be present, or he will have to sign a power of attorney in favour of the real estate agent or any other people who can attend the signing.

On the day of the final signing the buyer must complete all the payments: to the owner of the house, to the notary and to the agency.

On the date of the final signing the buyer will receive the keys of the house and will become the new owner of it.

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 Have you ever thought about buying a house in Italy but always thought it was expensive or simply have just not bothered because of the short time you would eventually spend there?

After all, why spend lots of money on buying a house in Italy when realistically you could pop over for a visit just once or twice a year?

Fair enough, this is true, but I invite you to consider the many unique special deals on offer at the moment, with houses in the Abruzzo region for just 15.000, 10.000 euro or even less. The big news is that houses, at such low prices, do not necessarily require a lot of restoration work.

Some of them are in need of internal restoration like a new bathroom, new electric system, new windows and various sorts of refurbishments to make them comfortable and attractive. However, the actual structure and roof are always in good condition and the utilities such as water, electricity and main sewerage are always connected.

There are many characteristic town houses with lovely traditional arch doors and vaulted ceilings. These vaulted ceilings are usually painted in white, but beneath the white plaster, incredibly beautiful cotto bricks and iron beams are to be found and large stones, lying under the thick walls covered in plaster of these houses, can easily be exposed to create a much sought after, cosy, rustic style which you are bound to have come across in Home and Interior Design magazines.

Below some photos of restored houses with original features.

These houses always avail of fireplaces which are in good condition and can be used to heat the house, create a cosy atmosphere in winter and also to cook food. Fireplaces do not really need any work done apart from cleaning the chimneys from time to time, as they may not have been used for years. Sometimes these houses avails of traditional wood oven for pizza or bread.

Another characteristic of these houses are the traditional wooden shutters, usually painted in white or pale blue, but they can be sandblasted to recover their original wood colour.

These places situated in characteristic small hill top villages, which only require a small amount of money for restoration, can easily be rented out to tourists as romantic nests once renovated. Not many house owners are to be found in these villages who rent their houses to foreign tourists as usually these properties belong to elderly people who neither speak English nor use the internet.

These hill top villages are completely unspoiled with breath-taking panoramic views, offering genuine km O food, excellent olive oil and local wine like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at just 2,00 euro a litre. What more could you ask for as a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend far away from the noisy madding crowd.

Want to see what you can buy for 15.000,00 euro or less?
Check out some of our links below…

Best bargain properties

  • Character stone house for sale in Italy

    Character stone house with lake view. Bomba.

    Price: € 125.000

    Beautiful stone house full of character, with unique details and best quality finishing. Terrace with lake view. Bomba.

    Property details:

    • House measures 140 sqm plus terrace
    • Exposed stone, vaulted and roman ceilings, wooden floor
  • Italian historic palace for sale in Colledimezzo

    Elegant palace dated back to the eighteenth century.

    Price: € 300.000

    Large historic palace of over 500 sqm in Colledimezzo, near a lake. The roof has been rebuilt and is completly new. The structure is in perfect conditions.

    Property details:

    • 500 sqm
    • Needs light internal cosmetic works and it has to be re-wired
  • Character stone house for sale in Italy

    Antique building character house in Salcito.

    Price: € 35.000

    Very large town house in the town of Salcito, in a period palace dated back to the eighteen century. No restoration required.

    Property details:

    • 232 sqm
    • Four wine cellar, balconies, original fireplace and vintage details
  • Traditional Italian townhouse for sale in Furci

    Traditional town house in Furci.

    Price: € 25.000

    Traditional town house in Furci, Abruzzo. Made of stone, with vaulted ceilings, cotto tiles, traditional wood burning oven and balcony.

    Property details:

    • 168 sqm
    • Internally the house needs some light renovation and cosmetic works

It goes without saying, please feel free to contact Abruzzo Rural Property for any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

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Italian hill town of Tufillo in Abruzzo

 Retiring to Abruzzo is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet retirement. This region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is one of the most beautiful in the country, is very unspoiled and has beautiful countryside to offer as well as a wealth of leisure facilities. The region looks ancient with its Medieval towns clinging to hillsides and tucked into hidden crevices in forgotten peaks. The inland part of the region is home to many small towns and villages and property is very reasonably priced there. Most of the towns in the region are not large and have a good mix of traditional living and modern life, as good shopping facilities and leisure amenities. Many of the buildings are centuries old, but there are also some new developments.

All inland towns and villages offer a continuous calendar of events like historical pageants, patron saint festivals, open-air dances, folklore performances, concerts and culinary stands. Every season of the year, every city and town sees in Abruzzo a never-ending succession of traditional festivities and folkloristic celebrations, which engage whole communities. The origins of these rituals are often very ancient, and in them genuine Christian devotion and pagan worship have been blended together from time immemorial.

Tufillo is a small Mediaeval village perched on top of a hill, in Abruzzo region, immersed in nature. It is located at an altitude of 557 meters and it counts about 400 inhabitants. It is a very peaceful and quiet place, ideal for those who want to relax. People here are friendly and hospitable.

Street in Tufillo, province of Chieti, Abruzzo
Church of St. Giusta in Tufillo, Abruzzo
Roman fountain in Tufillo, Abruzzo region

Tufillo is situated at 28 km from the Trabocchi coast in the Adriatic coast and from the motor way A-14. The ski slope of Roccaraso is just one hour away. The closest train station is Vasto–San Salvo situated at 30 km from Tufillo. The train station is linked to Pescara where the Abruzzo airport is situated.

Tufillo has prehistoric origins, confirmed by many remains of buildings in its territory and the discovery of archaeological finds. The historic town center goes back to the Middle Age. Here there are many stone buildings and old monuments such as the main church of Santa Giusta, built in 1758 and connected to the marquis Bassano Palace, or the small church of San Vito. The square, Piazza Fuori Porta, is a meeting place for the inhabitants and the center of the social life of the village. Here we find a bar, a delicatessen and the pharmacy. Everything in Tufillo is within walking distance, such as the post office, shops and the traditional market where you can buy meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables. In the Palace of Marquis of Bassano, now the headquarter of the municipal office, there is an Archaeological Museum where you can find the “Key of the goddess Herentas”, dating back to the V century BC, which displays a dedication to Herentas, the Oscan counterpart of Venus (herettates súm agerllúd: “I belong to Herentas [and was given] by Agerllu”). The Oscan is an extinct Indo-European language of southern Italy and was spoken by a number of tribes, including the Samnites, an ancient Italic people who lived in Samnium, in south-central Italy.

Key of the goddess Herentas

According to a legend, the ancient village was situated on the mount Farano and an invasion of huge ants forced the inhabitants to move further down. In fact, on the Mount Farano are the ruins of an ancient settlement and they have been investigated by archeologists during the last years.

Tufillo is rich in old traditions with pagan origins mixed with catholic beliefs. The main event is “the Farchia”: on Christmas Eve, the young men of the village make a big heavy bundle of wood, which is around 20 meters long, and transport it through the streets of the old town, by their hands, stopping only at some points set up with cakes and wine. From the church of St. Vito to the main church of St. Giusta the journey continues until midnight, when the wood is blessed in front of the Church. Then they burn it to light the most important night of the year and all the inhabitants celebrate the Night of Christmas Eve by singing traditional Christmas carols.

Young men of the village transporting the Farchia through the streets of the old town
Burning the Farchia the Night of Christmas Eve in Tufillo
 

The "pizz’a figlitt" is the most known traditional food of Tufillo, a sort of pizza bread seasoned with sweet red paprika and sometimes filled with pork crackling. The cavatelli pasta in a sausage ragout is another traditional dish; Cavatelli is a traditional southern Italian pasta shape and you can try them during the famous “Cavatelli Festival” on the 11th of August. For carnival, you can try "lu cangaron", a kind of cheese salami filled with a mixture of cheese, eggs, almonds, livers and raisins. And do not forget the quality of the local olive oil, directly from family-owned producers, freshly pressed olive oil.

The pizz’a figlitt with sweet red paprika. Traditional food of TufilloThe pizz’a figlitt filled with pork crackling. Traditional food of Tufillo
Making homemade cavatelli for the cavatelli festival in TufilloLocal tomatoes for the sausage ragout of cavatelli
Homemade cavatelli from TufilloBoiling water for pasta in the cavatelli festival in Tufillo
 

Shops in Tufillo: grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, bar, restaurant, post office, hairdresser and a shop that sells household products.

Towns nearby:

  • Palmoli is 9 km far from Tufillo.
  • Dogliola is 5 km far from Tufillo.
  • Montemitro is 10 km far from Tufillo.
  • Mafalda is 17 km far from Tufillo.
  • Vasto is 36 km far from Tufillo.

Airports nearby:

  • Pescara is 106 km far from Tufillo.
  • Naples is 155 km far from Tufillo.
  • Rome is 235 km far from Tufillo.

Many overseas property buyers are looking at Abruzzo as the area is not yet as popular as Tuscany and Umbria and properties are therefore cheaper, particularly if you are prepared to renovate. It is a fact that a property in Abruzzo can be up to 50% cheaper than in Tuscany. Many overseas property buyers are choosing the area for investment properties as well as second homes and there are bargains to be found for those who want commercial properties.

Abruzzo Rural Property has sold several properties in Tufillo to foreign clients. Below the testimonials of clients that bought property in Tufillo.

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