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

Large country house surrounded by 10.645 sq. m. of land with olive grove. 109.000 €. 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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 We asked a couple of friends from the UK, who have lived in Abruzzo for the past 6 years, what in their opinion are the pros and cons of living in Abruzzo. They are youngish, cultured, with a young kid and have chosen to live in the countryside, to embrace a slower pace of life, surrounded by nature.

Let’s see the pro’s and con’s of living in Abruzzo as a British citizen from Lisa’s point of view:

<< Two decades then past working in the city, long hours for little pay, fun, social times but finally the decision was made to look for a property in Italy. I had started an Italian language night class for beginners and was introduced to the region Abruzzo from a small article I noticed in a national newspaper mentioning the Marsican brown bears. Was it possible that there were bears still surviving in Italy? This led to further research into the region, I was hooked, national parks, mountain ranges, the greenest region of Europe, incredible rare flora and fauna, azure coastlines and untouched medieval villages.

This had to be the place, finances dictated too, we had very limited funds, and this region seemed affordable.

The adventure started, we spent 5 months in our old VW camper weaving through the mountain tracks trying to get a feel for the region and to which part we felt more attracted to.

Our house was incomparable; I had seen it 6 months earlier on the internet and knew from the first visit that it was the house for us. It was a stone house clad in cement, grey, damp, with land, abandoned for 20 years. Absolutely no services, leaking, crumbling and unloved but alluring, I loved it.

First of all the people here are always amazingly warm and welcoming.

We then spent the next 6 years backwards and forwards to the UK due to commitments, family issues and ties, our original ideas foiled but we decided as complete novices to restore the house ourselves, to be the architects, designers, builders, gardeners, whatever was thrown our way. We both have creative backgrounds and so this helped with the design and aesthetics of the build but we essentially embarked on huge learning curves, from laying pipes, septic tanks, removing rendering, re-pointing, plastering to building roofs, walls, rooms, completely digging out and rebuilding heaved floors, landscaping, planting and pruning. All keeping to a rustic, simple traditional look. Many, many temporary kitchens, camp toilets, solar showers and tents. Dust and rubble, wildlife and sleeping under the stars.

Our funds have always been very low but we have invested an incredible amount of time and effort. We became time rich and cash poor. A few years ago we also had our son here; this did not stop works and has enhanced our time here immensely.

The Pro’s of living in Abruzzo in my opinion are many:

First of all the people here are always amazingly warm and welcoming. Our neighbour's are always visiting with barrow loads of offerings from fruit and veg, to eggs and local meats. They are warm without being invasive. We live in an isolated area that we feel very safe and free in.

The cost of living here is very low. There have been low financial costs throughout our time here. Our lifestyle has completely changed due to our low finances but we do not feel that we have missed out on anything due to the quality of life here. Local, organic fruit and veg, wine, meats are much more affordable and delicious. Eating out is of a very high standard and very low cost. We are partial to a glass of wine or two and the quality of wines here are high without the price tag.

Another pro is obviously the beauty of Abruzzo. There are beautiful, inspiring landscapes from beaches to mountains to lake regions. All very untouched and un-touristy, there are also diverse local festa’s and traditions to experience and enjoy.

The attributes here are not obvious, showy and slightly rugged on the edges, you have to work at finding the jewels.

The Con’s that we have experienced here are that it seems harder to find employment and there are lower wages.

It is hard to navigate the beaurocratic systems. The healthcare is also complicated to use. The system itself is very different to the NHS in that It is part state run and part private and you are responsible for all of your own records and booking appointments rather than an integrated system that we are used to. Being one of the first foreigners in our small comune we had to research how to enter the system and then talk to staff in the administrative services to tell them what we had read! But of late and having learnt how the system works we had had small procedures done in a short space of time and efficiently which would have taken a lot longer on NHS waiting times.

It appears that this region has less governmental funding invested. The roads are particularly neglected, they seem to be passable for tractors and put put’s only! I now understand why everyone drives around in 20 year old fiat panda’s!

For us as artists the art scene is fairly minimal. We came here for a slower pace of life and we got it! a more relaxed approach is key.

For most, Abruzzo is a place to come to experience local cuisine and wines, to de-stress, get back to nature, and enjoy the summer heat or ski in the winter snows if that is your thing.

This region has masses of potential, it is less materialistic, nature led, not contrived with wilder landscapes. The attributes here are not obvious,  showy and slightly rugged on the edges, you have to work at finding the jewels, Abruzzo doesn’t shout out at you, you have to go looking for it and in that you see the beauty and benefits.

Property prices here in Abruzzo are very affordable, it is one of the most inexpensive regions in Europe and land is very affordable too. Therefore it is the perfect place to buy for those searching for an alternative style of life immersed in nature or simply for those who have a budget that does not permit to buy in Tuscany or in other expensive regions.

But, the downside is that Abruzzo is not a region to make a profit. I highly doubt at this time that we could sell our house for the costs that we have invested including the work and time that was involved.

Or maybe yes, with a bit of good luck! >>

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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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 There is a whole universe to be discovered between the Apennines slopes and the waters of the Adriatic sea: nature parks and art towns, ski slopes and beaches, medieval churches, castles and museums.

Abruzzo is a region in Central Italy. It is still an unspoilt region although in the last 10 years its popularity has increased amongst tourists and also amongst foreign investors. In fact, Abruzzo is one of the cheapest regions for investors wishing to buy a house in Italy.

Abruzzo is not far from important cities in Italy. Rome is just 250 km away. There are numerous daily coaches connecting Rome to several towns in Abruzzo. The journey takes roughly two and a half hours and a return ticket costs 30,00 euros (40 dollars). The journey is very pleasant as the coach crosses the Apennines and passengers can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains and hills scattered, here and there, with hamlets and villages. Coaches are always very punctual and reliable. Naples is not far either, it is just 180 km from Abruzzo and it is reachable by coach or by train. Other important cities which are not far and can be easily reached by train are: Ancona in Le Marche, a region just 170 km away, and Bari in the Apulia region at just 220 km from Abruzzo. To Florence it is 450 km. It is very easy to visit the whole of Italy from here.

Abruzzo has an international airport situated in Pescara. The airport offers daily and weekly low cost flight connections all over Europe.

The Abruzzo region is unique for its landscape, the Adriatic coast, its high mountains, Natural Parks and its rolling hills scattered with hamlets.

The water temperature of the Adriatic Sea is very mild; in summer it reaches 28 degrees. It is possible to swim from the end of April to the beginning of October.

The climate changes from the mountain area to the coastal area. Obviously the mountains tend to have a cold climate with snow in winter and cool summers. The coast tends to have mild winters and hot summers.

A unique coast, with golden sands or pebble beaches; the placid Adriatic, coloured green or turquoise; the coast of Abruzzo is anything but monotonous: there are flat sandy beaches highly organized for tourists where it is possible to rent beach umbrellas and deck chairs with a bar/restaurant open all day and also part of the night. These beaches have bay watchers and lifeguards for safety regulations. There is always some entertainment taking place on these kinds of beaches: beach volley, live music, dance and sport lessons. Fun is guaranteed for all.

Cerrano tower, an ancient coastal tower located on the Adriatic coast between Silvi Marina and Pineto, Teramo, Abruzzo
Natural reserve of Punta Penna in Vasto - The trabocchi coast. Abruzzo coastlineCasarza beach near Vasto, Abruzzo. The trabocchi coast. Adriatic coastline of Italy.

Abruzzo also offers solitary wild beaches where it is possible to spend a laid-back day, walking the dog or simply reading a book. There are dramatic coastlines with high cliffs and pebbly beaches of unique beauty. The water temperature of the Adriatic Sea is very mild; in summer it reaches 28 degrees. It is possible to swim from the end of April to the beginning of October. Abruzzo offers one of the highest densities of blue flag beaches in Italy.

The southern part is distinguished by a unique coast with its characteristic trabocchi. The area of the Trabocchi coast covers some 230 square km, from the border with Ortona in the north, down to the mouth of the Sinello in the south, along one of the Abruzzo region's most beautiful coasts. Trabocchi are original fishermen stilt huts where it is possible to dine eating freshly caught fish cooked in a simple and traditional way. A dinner at one of the Trabocchi, eating fresh fish and drinking excellent local wine, costs 35,00 euros a person. The atmosphere is very romantic, absolutely perfect for an unforgettable evening.


Between the high mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo offers an unspoilt countryside characterized by hundreds of kilometres of rolling hills scattered with tiny villages, lush vegetation and organic cultivations of olive trees and vineyards. It is always a pleasure to drive at a slow pace along the narrow country roads surrounded by olive trees, fig trees, lemon and orange trees, cherry trees and vineyards. Picking fruit from the trees to taste is not considered an insult and farmers will be happy to welcome you.

The hill side is also characterized by beautifully preserved hamlets dating back to the middle ages, so very well preserved that the visitor feels like stepping back in time to a different age. The countryside and the villages on the hills are characterized by a slow pace of life, relaxed and laid back, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria in the territory of Castiglione a Casauria, Abruzzo, central Italy
Ovindoli is a village and a popular ski-resort in the Abruzzo region in Central Italy
Colledimezzo, a picturesque hill town overlooking the lake of Bomba in Chieti Province, Abruzzo

There are seven beautiful lakes in Abruzzo, some are natural, some are man created. We do offer a wide selection of properties close to the lakes.

Abruzzo holds many of Italy's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns that rival those in Umbria and Tuscany. Abruzzo boasts indeed twenty of the most beautiful villages in Italy, 2nd only to Umbria which has 22. These awards are not just for aesthetic beauty but also are for art and culture, historical importance and livability. The abrupt decline of Abruzzo's agricultural economy in the early to mid-20th-century saved some of the region’s most beautiful hill towns from the onslaught of modern development.

There are 3 national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves.

Abruzzo is well known for its ski slopes situated on the Apennine mountains. Roccaraso, one of the best skiing resorts, avails of ski slopes at 2.140 metres above sea level. Despite this altitude, the Adriatic shore can be reached in just one hour and thirty minutes’ drive. Other excellent ski slopes are situated in Ovindoli and Passo Lanciano. Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe's most southern glacier.


Abruzzo is also known as "the greenest region in Europe" as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves: there are three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves. The parks are great for outdoor activities like walking, trekking, bird watching, canoeing and horse riding. The natural parks and protected reserves ensure the survival of 75% of Europe's living species including rare ones, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, Abruzzese chamois, Apennine wolf, and the Marsican brown bear.

They have a saying in Italy which basically goes “you are what you eat” and I hasten to add that the Abruzzesi are a healthy lot and thoroughly enjoy their food as do most Italians. “Mens sana in Corpore sano” which is the Latin for A sound mind in a healthy body.

This region is a great producer of a well known red wine: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo exported all over the world.

Everywhere in Abruzzo it is possible to taste traditionally made cheeses, cold meats, hand made pasta, bread and pizza cooked in wood ovens, gorgeous typical desserts and freshly made ice cream. The typical traditional “sagre”, local fairs, are not to be missed. They are not only a wonderful way of meeting new people and getting a better insight into life here, but they invite all present to taste their home products in season, which vary in every town. Fresh artichokes, cold meats, salami especially their renowned hot spicy “ventricina” along with a variety of fish with the speciality “brodetto di pesce”, fish cooked in fresh tomatoes and peppers to be eaten with freshly baked bread and many other delicacies cooked and prepared in different ways. This is accompanied by good, cheap local wine which always goes down very well, encouraging singing and dancing and generally being merry.

Homemade tortelli. Traditional cuisine from the Italian region of Abruzzo.
Homemade fusilli with clams and prawns. Traditional cuisine from the Italian region of Abruzzo.
Arrosticini are tender skewers of lamb cooked over an open fire. Traditional cuisine from the Italian region of Abruzzo.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo: italian wines from the Abruzzo region
A bocconotto is a pastry typical of the Italian regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, and Calabria.

In the past few years, Abruzzo has started to pay greater attention to organic food, not just vegetables and fruit but also organic wines, olive oils, pasta and bread made with locally produced flours. People also appreciate that the food has to be locally produced and consumed to be able to really enjoy its taste and freshness.

This region is a great producer of a well known red wine: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo exported all over the world. It is also worth mentioning the production of white wines. A bottle of wine can cost from 1,00 euro up to 15,00 euros for a DOC wine. A glass of wine at a wine bar served with finger food and appetizers costs 4,00 euros.

Mountain scenery and nature, rolling hills with picturesque hill towns, vineyards and olive grooves, delicious local Italian food and wine products, and the ralaxing on beautiful and peaceful beaches! Abruzzo is all of this and much more... come to discover and experience "Real Italy", the Green Heart of 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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