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Villa with swimming pool and terrace with mountain view.

Beautiful renovated rural villa for sale, with garden and terrace with mountain view. Located in Casoli, Abruzzo region of Italy.

Beautiful villa composed by two separate units, swimming pool, panoramic terrace, garden, olive grove and parking area. 235.000 €. View Property.

Lovely restored country house with character, near the coast.

Beautifully restored stone country house for sale: three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo, Italy.

Three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo. 189.000 €. View Property.

Beautifully restored retaining original character features.

Charming traditional country villa with garden and patio, for sale in Abruzzo region of Italy.

Beautiful country villa with garden, lovely patio and separate workshop, near the lake of Bomba, in Abruzzo. Sold furnished. 229.000 €. View Property.

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Do you need building permission to restore a house in italy?
The answer is no, you just need a SCIA.

What is a SCIA?

The SCIA (Certified Start of Activity Report) is a documented communication arranged through your local municipal office declaring that it is possible to carry out demolition, restoration or expansion works on buildings. This order, contained in articles 22 and 23 of the Testo unico delle disposizioni legislative e regolamentari in materia edilizia, has recently added two important adjustments that have significantly changed its features: the cd. decreto Scia 1 (d.lgs. n. 126/2016) and the cd. decreto Scia 2 (d.lgs. n. 222/2016).

  1. Actions for which the SCIA request should be made
  2. Other interventions achievable with a SCIA
  3. Protected property
  4. Presentation of the report
  5. Absence of the contracted conditions
  6. Final inspection
  7. Criminal penalties
  8. Other operations that can be carried out by means of SCIA
  9. Reporting details of building works subject to a building permit

Actions for which the SCIA request should be made:

In detail, the works that require a SCIA are the following:

  • Extraordinary maintenance works concerning the structural parts of the building(1).

  • Restoration and conservation works concerning the structural parts of the building.

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A simple, traditional spring recipe from Abruzzo, Chieti province.

* This recipe is suitable for vegetarians.

 The areas of Cupello, Palmoli and San Salvo along with many other towns in the Chieti province within the Abruzzo region are well known for their tasty artichokes. Locally grown they are harvested from February and are available until the month of May. The most famous place to eat artichokes in Abruzzo is certainly Cupello, in the Chieti province. Cupello has a unique variety of artichokes called Mazzaferrata.

This specific type of artichoke is much tastier than the typically bitter flavour of the other artichoke varieties, the Mazzaferrata are sweet and pulpy. They can be cooked in many different ways, also with pasta or risotto, but the best way to enjoy the Mazzaferrata artichoke is to make it ripieno.

Here below is the traditional recipe for stuffed artichokes – carciofo ripieno.


  • 10 artichokes, mazzaferrata quality is the best for this recipe

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 The village of Palmoli sits perched on an isolated hill towering over the western side of the river Treste at an altitude of 727 meters. The habitable settlement was built on the southern slopes of the rock, there is a steep uninhabited cliff reaching down to the west side to the river. Palmoli is prominent and proud in its historical defence overlooking many other small villages similarly perched on outcrops in the valley. Surrounded by beautiful views of the Maiella & Gran Sasso mountains and a good stretch of the Trabocchi Coast at just 29 km. There is easy access to the Trignina valley and main road that runs towards the sea, at less than 30 minutes' drive and the medieval city of Vasto or towards Molise and further through to Rome and Napoli. Located within the Chieti province of southern Abruzzo and part of the Vastese hills Palmoli has a very small population of around 1000 inhabitants.

The historical centre is nestled on a long ridge with two main through roads and numerous medieval vico’s (side streets) running perpendicularly to the main streets. The Marquise castle and tower is to be found in the main square at the highest point of the village, with a pine tree framed park and children’s playground, a shaded & peaceful place to relax whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views of the mountains, sea and nearby villages. The top of the tower provides an amazing panoramic view of surrounding landscape.


  1. History
  2. Local festivals and traditions
  3. A few highlights of the local cuisine
  4. Places to visit
  5. What to watch out for
  6. Palmoli housing market


The village, originally called Palmula Monteverde, has very ancient roots. Around the year AD 1000, citizens, to defend themselves from barbaric raids, took refuge on the mountain, where in 1095 Pandolfo di Sangro built the oldest part of the castle, around which the urban centre then developed. In the 13th century the village then called ‘Palmula’ was governed by Filippo Grandinato, a member of a feudal family from Lombard. In the 15th century it belonged to Paolo di Sangro and at the end of the 18th century to Severino-Longo, Marquises of San Giuliano and Galiati. The ancient ruins are traceable in the medieval castle with the Marquisal chapel of San Carlo and in the characteristics of the village, full of courtyards, porches, stone portals, lunettes and railings in wrought iron and cast iron.

The chapel has a remarkable façade with a stone portal dating from the 18th century. Within the medieval walls remain two gates: Porta da Capo, called the Ribellino and Porta da Piedi, connected by a single lane. The bell tower of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie dates back to the fourteenth century. It was rebuilt around the middle of the eighteenth century on the site of an older church that held the body of St Valentino. The church displays a carved and gilded eighteenth-century organ in which a snake and a fish are figuratively sculpted. Leaving the village, you will find the Sanctuary Mariano of Maria del Carmine, part of the convent built by the Friars of San Francesco in 1583. With a classical design of this type of structure, a church and internal cloisters built to host the friars.

Local festivals and traditions

The local festivals here are steeped in tradition, fully enjoyed and proudly hosted by the whole of the local community. Palmoli’s Patron Saint is St Valentino and so February 14th is of particularly note, the day usually includes a procession with a nearby local band playing.


My name is Monia Di Guilmi, and I am a realtor based in Abruzzo, Italy. I have been working as an international real estate agent for the past 8 years. I speak English, Italian, and Spanish. Throughout my real estate career, I have sold numerous properties to clients from all over the world.

Lately, while browsing the internet, I’ve found many articles explaining how to buy property in Italy, including how the purchase process works. I’ve been very interested to read these articles, but the more I read, the more I’m confused by what they advocate.

For example, many websites state that to buy a house in Italy, you’ll have to hire a lawyer. Really? If so, what about the notary? Why is the role of the notary never explained? Sometimes, the notary is not even mentioned.

What about the purchase proposal — isn’t that necessary too?
How much of a down payment is required to buy an Italian house?

I’m hard-pressed to find any of this information! So, to clear up the confusion, I will try to answer these and other questions in the following article.

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