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.

Life in Abruzzo. Events and Traditions.

This blog promotes life style in Abruzzo and Molise regions. Events, festivals, traditions and many others interesting, funny and useful tips about Abruzzo and Molise.

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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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Colosseum in Rome

 When it comes to global locations for expats to consider making home, Italy is one country that is simply incomparable to other countries around the world. Whether you are thinking about Italy because of the chance to see some of the prestigious artwork by notable artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello or Leonardo da Vinci, or you want to live in a country with a thriving aura of romance, a diverse culture and amazing people, Italy is a wonderful choice for those who want a lifestyle that centers on having a wide array of things to do from one day to the next. Museums, restaurants, historical buildings and castles to tour as well as the world’s most brilliant architecture abounds throughout the entire country.

When planning a move, especially an overseas move to Italy, be prepared to work with a fully licensed Italian real estate agent to find a home to stay in when you arrive. This is necessary whether you plan to rent a home or try to purchase one. A realtor will help you find what you want and can help you stay within the budget you have prepared to spend on rental accommodations, basic utilities and home amenities including guest bedrooms and furnishings if needed. Take note that if a rental home is listed as unfurnished, this typically means nothing will be inside, including appliances. Many expats moving to Italy choose to pack lightly and leave their large furnishings behind as it can be very expensive to ship furniture and large items overseas. Renting a furnished home will usually allow you to have a bed, dresser, living room furniture and possibly a washing machine for your clothing.

Shipping Personal Property Over

Unless you plan to buy everything new, which is not a bad idea at all due to import cost, then you may need to have a few items shipped over once you find a home. Italy has some of the best clothing shops in the world, so you may want to pack lightly and start shopping for a new Italian wardrobe when you arrive. Prices on clothing in Italy is often far less expensive than you would find in the U.S. and it is simple to build a new wardrobe in a short time. Furnishings for a home such a bed, dresser and other basics are often included in a rental fee. This leaves sentimental items, computers or work related items and small items that you may need around your new home that may not be easy to replace in Italy.

To ship items to Italy, they must pass through customs and you will need to show some of the following paperwork before anything will be accepted:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Work Permit
  • Residence Visa
  • Inventory list (Must be written in Italian and be approved ahead of time by the Italian Consulate)
  • Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
  • Power of Attorney to allow the shipper to arrange for customs clearance of your items
  • A residency certificate that shows the number of people in your family as well as their country of origin if they will be living in Italy
  • A consular declaration stating the time you will live in Italy
  • A permit to stay (Permesso a Soggiorno) issued by the Police Office Foreign Department
  • A statement showing you are moving and the value of the property you are shipping
  • Signed statement from your employer (if working) showing your work contract and the sate you will begin your job in Italy

You can ship personal items including clothing, dishes, household furniture and other small home goods without paying duties and taxes if you are planning to stay in Italy for at least one year and can show that you have owned the property for at least one year and you ship them within six months of your arrival.

Bringing a Car to Italy

While it can be quite expensive to ship a car to Italy, there are many people who find it beneficial as it will save time when traveling, cut costs on taxis and public transport and will be a convenience when you need to get from one place to another quickly. If you can wait for at least one year before you ship the car over, you can ship it duty free and save some money if you have owned it for at least six months and will use the car only for personal use in Italy. To bring a car over, you must hire a professional car shipper and will need to show the following documentation to customs:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Driver’s License
  • International Insurance Policy (Green Card)
  • Paperwork from the car manufacturer showing car features and proof that the car has been conformed to EU requirements
  • Auto Insurance Policy from an Italian insurance agency
  • Title to vehicle
  • Registration to vehicle

While you can ship a car duty free once you have bene in Italy for a year, you will need to pay shipping costs and those can range between $2800 and $4700 depending on which area of the U.S. you are shipping from. You will also need to pay a Value-Added Tax (VAT) of around 22% to ship legally and clear customs.

Italy is not an inexpensive country to live in and many areas will be more expensive to reside than in the U.S., but due to the wealth of the country and the opportunities to expand your life with art, culture and a diversity in life uncommon in the U.S., the price is well worth the move if you can afford it. You can also find some very affordable cities in Italy, such as living in Abruzzo or other small cities, but taking time to work with your realtor to find the perfect home will be very important. Moving to Italy is also a great way to be part of a thriving community where life, love and family are important and where you can enjoy the finest foods and beverages in the world.

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Technical survey to buy a house in Italy. Property purchase in Italy.

 Numerous clients have asked me this question: Is a technical survey required by the law in order to purchase a house in Italy?

The answer is no. For the Italian law a survey is not a mandatory document in order to buy a house.

A survey is a document you might want to have for your own peace of mind, to give you a better idea of the state of a property you are interested in, but it is not necessary for the sake of the purchase.

In Italy there are three different types of surveys:

  • Perizia semplice – If you are buying a house in Italy, you might want a technical survey to be carried out as a form of report on the condition of the house: conditions of the structure, roof, plumbing, electric system, condition of chimneys, etc. Any registered architect, surveyor or engineer can issue this type of survey; This type of survey is called perizia tecnica in Italian. The surveyor signs the survey with his/her own name.
  • Perizia asseverata – This type of survey is different from the previous one because the surveyor/engineer/architect signs the technical report and in addition confirms the authenticity of its contents. Perizia asseverata includes a sentence where the surveyor declares that the contents of the survey are true and that he/she is personally responsible for these contents. The sentence in Italian is the following: “sotto la propria personale responsabilità”. In this case, the surveyor is legally responsible for the contents of the survey he/she has issued and can be legally persecuted if the survey were to contain false statements related either to material or ideological matters.
  • Perizia giurata – This type of survey is like a perizia asseverata plus an oath in court. The surveyor has to state in the survey that the contents are true and he/she has to swear the truthfulness of such contents in the presence of a Chancellor of the Court, in the presence of a Peace Officer according to art. 5 del R.D. n° 1366/22, or in the presence of a Public Notary, according to art. 1, comma 1, point n° 4, R.D. n° 1666/37. The surveyor is legally responsible for the contents of a perizia giurata and can be legally persecuted if the survey were to contain false statements. In this type of survey, the surveyor has to state the following sentence: “[...]aver bene e fedelmente adempiuto all’incarico affidatogli al solo scopo di far conoscere la verità.”. This means that he/she has done his/her work honestly with the sole purpose of divulgating the truth. This type of survey has a higher legal value in a court case than a perizia asseverata.

Should you require a survey, be it a simple report, a perizia asseverata or a perizia giurata, please feel free to contact Abruzzo Rural Property. We can provide surveys written in English at very reasonable prices.

The prices depend on various factors and our surveyor will provide an estimate according to your needs.

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The sixth of January, here in Italy, we celebrate La Befana, it is a National bank holiday and a religious celebration.

Nowadays the festivity is mainly orientated to amuse children with little gifts and numerous festivals across the country. La Befana is an old ugly witch that flies on a broomstick carrying candies and sweets to well-behaved children, charcoal to naughty children.

This year La Befana has amused everyone here in Abruzzo with an incredible snowfall that will pass to the history. The snow started to fall on hilltop villages during the afternoon of January the 5th.

The 6th of January at around lunchtime, it started to snow even along the coast; it is very uncommon to have snow along the coast, but this winter it has been an exception. By dinnertime everything was white and all the roads were very quiet, no traffic, no noise, no people. Shops all closed and numerous bars and restaurants had to shut down earlier because of the bad snowstorm in course.

Main piazza of the old town, Piazza Gabriele Rossetti in Vasto, ItalyAncient narrow streets under snow in Vasto, Italy
Monument dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, poet and patriot who fought for the Italian IndependenceThe Caldoresco Castle in Vasto. Winter 2017
 

The atmosphere was breath-taking and magic.

Vasto CathedralRemains of Church of St. Peter, Vasto
Monument to the Fallen of VastoView of Vasto Marina, Italy
 

A friend took some photos of the ancient city of Vasto during the night of the 6th of January; Vasto with its castle, churches, monuments and the narrow roads of its historic centre has never looked so beautiful as under the snow with all the Christmas decorations still on.

Streets under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
Streets under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
Houses under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
 

Thank you Befana, for this beautiful gift!

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