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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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View of the tower of the Medieval castle of Roccascalegna with the mountains

 Roccascalegna is a small town with about 1.400 inhabitants, situated in the province of Chieti, up in the hills running along the Sangro river. It is only 35 km away from the beautiful coastline with iconic perched fishing huts, so called Trabocchi, over the Adriatic sea.

The hamlet is very picturesque, characterized by the stunning Medieval castle built on a rock with the wonderful backdrop of the awesome Majella mountains of Abruzzo. The castle was restored in the 90's and today it is open for guided tours. The small town is perfectly preserved, lying on the spur of the mountain.

There are many legends but the most famous of all, is that of the Castle of Roccascalegna, which tells of the protagonist Corvo de Corvis and the edict of the “Jus Primae Noctis”, the Latin for the “Right of the first night”.

It seems that in 1646, the phantom Baron reintroduced this Medieval practice, which stated that every newly wed bride on the estate of Roccascalegna, was to spend the first wedding night with him and not with the husband. It is not known if a newly wed bride, or the husband dressed up as the bride, stabbed the Baron in the bridal suite and that whilst dying, left his bloody hand print on the tower rock, which was later to collapse in 1940.

Although they tried to wash the blood stain from the rock, it kept reappearing and to this very day, elderly people swear that they have seen the “hand of blood” even after the rock had collapsed.

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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.

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 According to Rightmove.co.uk, UK's number one property website for properties for sale, Abruzzo is the least expensive region in Italy and in Europe for investments on property. Prices offered are even cheaper to those of Spain, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and even Turkey. So if you are thinking about buying a house in Italy, Abruzzo is an option to keep in mind.

Abruzzo is the second region in Italy (after Tuscany), for overseas buyers looking for a property for sale in Italy. But if you are looking for cheap property in Italy to buy, Abruzzo is your number one choice.

In 2016, according to Rightmove annual report, 6.513.143 potential buyers have been looking for a house in Italy; this shows an increase of the 8% compared to 2015. The vast majority of these potential buyers are British.

Brexit doesn’t seem to have affected the trend, in fact in July 2016 the number of British searching for a house abroad has increased, reaching the highest number of searches even by users of Rightmove.

Italy is the third country in Europe for foreign investors, surpassed only by Spain and France. The type of buyers searching for a house in Spain are mainly attracted to coastal properties, apartments on the beach or in the Mediterranean islands. The type of buyers searching for a house in France, are looking for a country house. In Italy the trend is steady, with 35% of searchers looking for a coastal property and 37% looking for a property in the country side.

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 The coast of Abruzzo is anything but monotonous: there are flat sandy beaches highly organized for tourists where is possible to rent beach umbrellas, deck chairs and have a bar/restaurant available all day and also part of the night. These beaches have bay watchers and life guards for safety issues. There is always some entertainment going on on these type of beaches: beach volley, live music, dance lessons, sport lessons. Fun is guarantee.

But if you prefer a quiet spot to relax listening to the placid waves of the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo coast can offer solitary wild beaches where 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 such as Punta Aderci, a suggestive Regional Nature Reserve established in 1998 and located in the town of Vasto. This part of the coast of Abruzzo is characterized by rock cliffs overlooking the sea. There are numerous species of marine life and the many bird species that nest in the reserve.

The Adriatic Sea has a water’s temperature that is very mild; in summer it reaches 28 degrees. It is possible to bath from the end of April to the beginning of October. Abruzzo offers one of the highest densities of blue flag beaches in Italy.

But what is very unique on the Adriatic shore is the Trabocchi coast, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected famous for its traditional wooden fishing structures – the Trabocchi.

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