The importance of buying in Italy through a licensed real estate.

The importance of buying property in Italy through a fully licensed real estate.

In Italy only fully licensed real estate agents can work in the real estate business.
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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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Deposit to buy a house in Italy


Do you know what caparra means? Caparra means a deposit, a down payment.
But, did you know that there are two different kinds of Caparra?
Caparra confirmatoria and Caparra penitenziale, it is important to know that there are substantial differences amongst the two.

Caparra confirmatoria and Caparra penitenziale.
What the difference?

- In case of default in completing on the agreed terms, the purchaser will automatically lose the whole of the deposit paid.
- Conversely, if the vendor is to blame, he will be under a binding legal duty to pay to the buyer twice over, the sum originally received as a deposit.
- In addition further sums may be payable, if it is proved that the damages actually exceed the amount of the deposit.

- Subject to the actual wording of the contract, it will enable either or both parties to the contract to withdraw from the transaction.
- By allowing the vendor to keep the deposit paid, in the case of the buyer withdrawing.
- Or compelling the vendor to return the deposit received, where the vendor wishes to terminate the contract.

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Story of a successful property purchase in Abruzzo.

  We always went to Italy for our holidays and loved the country. For several years I used to look at various property sites on the internet to get a feel of what you got for your money in the different regions.
In 2011 we spent 6 weeks travelling around Italy (also France, Spain and Malta) to make sure we definitely wanted to buy in Italy and then to settle on a region.

We decided upon southern Abruzzo and spent the next 6 months searching for the right property. We were looking for something to renovate as we had done this is the UK and it would be a project for us.

We nearly bought a charming house in the mountains but as on one trip it was under offer we found a complete ruin only one mile from the sea and a wonderful promenade. Then the one in the mountain came back on the market so we had a dilemma. We sat at the airport pondering the pros and cons of both but the one near the beach won and we have never regretted it....

Only 35 minutes from the airport and 2 miles from the motorway exit and you can even walk to the station. Also the weather seemed more settled there. Shops not far and the nearest large town only 10 minutes drive. We hit it lucky too with the estate agent's assistant who dealt with our sale. She was very proactive and kept us informed of progress all the way along.

We employed an italian solicitor in London and he dealt with all the legal side and selected the notary in Italy and the sale went through relatively smoothly. I would do this again as he acted solely for us whereas the notary acts for the state. The agent helped us with the codice fiscale and opening an Italian bank account. I researched and found a foreign currency broker, which has been great and hassle free in purchasing euros and transferring money over to wherever in Italy at a moments notice.

We made the offer in November, completed in person the following March and started the renovation in June. We used a local geometra to check out a few things for us and I think the one we found was exceptional, we asked about his past projects and he put us in touch with a previous client. He thoroughly recommended him and he turned out to be fantastic and transformed our ruin to one to move into in only six months.

Most of our communications was done by email with a couple of visits in between. He would send us regular updates with photos and we made stage payments via our foreign currency broker in the UK so we could transfer funds the same day.
My language skills are that of an intermediate but it has improved as the whole renovation was communicated in Italian. | think the secret of a successful renovation has been finding a trustworthy and competent geometra (who has since become a firm friend). He stuck to his estimate, any extras being changes we instigated.

The locals are so friendly and we have made several friends there already, mainly Italian but also expats like us. We have sourced things in local shops and that helps us integrate into the local village. We used someone found on an Abruzzo expat site to transport some furniture out.

We probably will spend about a third of our time there (we have our children and good friends in the UK, and wouldn't want to leave them permanently), sometimes going by car and the rest by plane, cheapflights are always available.

We love the beauty and variety of the region, rolling hills, mountains, agricultural landscapes, mountains, sea, climate of course.
We can ski in a resort which is only one hour away.
We retired just before the house was finished. We now have years to explore the many villages and towns nearby and venture to Naples, Rome and the south just a few hours away.

Starting from scratch with a ruin has been a challenge but so rewarding seeing the end result.

We now also have a new interest as we have a small vineyard and we are slowly learning about vitriculture with the help of the previous owner/farmer. My husband has just completed a course on vineyard maintenance at our local (UK) agricultural college. We have also started to have friends and family stay with us when we are there and doubtless to say the children will use the place more when they get their own families.

Stone house in Abruzzo
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Margaux Cintrano is an online and in print journalist, she was born in the US and is now based in Madrid; Where she has been working for print medias since 1999; in addition she also writes for blogs and for several online website magazines and food forums.
Margaux Cintrano owns an house in Italy, she loves Italian food, especially Abruzzo dishes. She has visited Abruzzo several times to write restaurant reviewing and to learn recipes from this region.

Below a recipe by Marcello Spadone, La Bandiera Restaurant in Civitella Casanova (Abruzzo) - chosen by Margaux Cintrano



  • 1 five pound leg of milk fed baby lamb, trimmed of excess fat, 7 tblsps. of Extra virgin olive oil.

  • 1/3 cup minced finely fresh herbs ( oregano, savoury, thyme, parsley ).

  • 5 tblsps. of red wine: Abruzzi designation of origin.

  • 2 tblsps. fresh lemon juice.


  1. Place lamb, bone side up and rub  tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil all over the lamb.

  2. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  3. Rub 1/3 cup of fresh herbs over the lamb and place in roasting pan.

  4. Cover roasting pan with aluminium foil and place overnight in the refrigerator.

  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and whisk 1 tablespoon of Evoo, 1/4 cup of fresh herbs, and the red wine in a bowl and drizzle this mixture on the baby milk fed lamb.

  6. Roast the lamb for 10 minutes in preheated oven.

  7. Now insert meat thermometer and 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rate rose pink and transfer the lamb to a large platter with the pan juices and let stand 10 minutes.

  8. Let cool before slicing diagonally and add a drizzle of lemon juice.

SERVE with crusty rustic country oven warm bread and an Abruzzo appellation Red oak aged wine.

Roasted lamb - Abruzzo recipe
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Sweet Fiadoni Easter Pastry

 Fiadone (singular) or fiadoni (plural) were originally known as "h'iatun'" or "hiadone" in the Molise countryside. However tourist brochures from this region now refer to them as "fiadone". On the world wide web this style of cheese pastry has many different names, including: fiadone con ricotta, fiadone al ricotta, fiadone di ricotta, fiadoni con ricotta, fiadoni al ricotta, fiadoni di ricotta, fiadone dolce, and sweet fiadone.


For pastry dough:

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • Four as needed (about 1 1/2 cups)

For filling:

  • 1 egg

  • 1 container of ricotta, strained

  • 4 teaspoons sugar


  1. Mix the pastry dough ingredients and work into a fine dough.

  2. Let the dough rest for four to six hours.

  3. Divide the dough into small portions and pass it through the pasta machine (but not to the last number, should not be too thin). Pastry dough resembles lasagna noodles.

  4. Pipe small mounds of filling on pastry noodle; cut into portions.

  5. Press together pastry pockets with fork.

  6. Make tiny air vents on top of the pastry pockets.

  7. Brush with beaten egg.

  8. Bake in a shallow greased and floured pan in a 325 degree oven for fifteen to twenty minutes.

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