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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.

Charming renovated stone house with beautiful garden. Abruzzo.

Country stone house beautifully restored for sale, surrounded by 2.000 sqm garden with amazing Majella Mountain view, in Abruzzo, Italy.

Character property composed by two separate units surrounded by 2000 sqm garden and majestic Majella Mountain view. 285.000 €. View Property.

Renovated traditional Italian town house near the Adriatic Sea.

Charming renovated town house with stunning brick barrel ceilings, patio and sea view terrace, for sale in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Character Italian house of 330 sqm with fantastic brick vaulted ceilings and amazing details, sea view terrace and patio. 320.000 €. View Property.

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 According to Wikipedia, Abruzzo is considered the greenest region in Europe as almost half 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 three national park are: The Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park located mostly in northern part of Abruzzo region, bordering with Lazio and Le Marche region; The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise in the North – West area of Abruzzo, bordering with Molise and Lazio; and the Majella National Park in the southern part of Abruzzo.

The Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park includes the territory of three regions (Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio), five provinces (L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, Rieti and Ascoli Piceno) and forty-four communes; it cover a surface of 150,000 hectares.

The park has been established in 1995, the area holds the highest pick of the Apennine, the Gran Sasso d’Italia, 2912 m, the beautiful Campo Imperatore plateau, the largest in Italy, Lake Campotosto, the largest artificial basin of the continent and the Calderone glacier, the unique in the Apennines and the most southern in Europe. The park contains one of the most biologically diverse areas of Europe. Visiting the Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park means experiencing biodiversity, culture and excellent wine-and-food tradition.

The extent and array of altitude and lithology are reflected in the diversity of landscapes in the Park. At high altitude, where the peaks reach three thousand meters, we find the kingdom of wilderness, with endemic fauna and flora and also glacial relicts.

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 Can we use the emerging COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to so some good and reset daily habits to be more sustainable? In these days of worries, lockdown, economic and sanitary crises all over the world, I have started to reflect on the fact that there is something wrong in our economic models and modern lifestyle. Eventually, I was very happy to find out that my thoughts were shared by many other people from completely different backgrounds.

Here in Italy, a few weeks ago the popular newspaper La Repubblica, published an interview with the famous architect Stefano Boeri, designer of the building Bosco Verticale in Milan.

The title of the interview resumes the architect’s point of view: “Via Dalle Città, nei vecchi borghi c’è il nostro futuro” (“Away from the cities, our future lies in the old hamlets”). In this interview, Stefano Boeri shared many of his ideas of a new lifestyle and a new possible economy. He concluded, “To go back to normality in which the causes and joint causes of this tragedy are rooted would be mass suicide.”

The same vision is also shared by another famous architect, Massimiliano Fuksas, interviewed by Elle Décor Magazine in which he declared: “The countryside is not to be considered a luxury, it must become an alternative for everyone.”

Our cities, once considered places of freedom, have turned out to be big prisons. Scientists say that this virus is weaker in the country. This is in part because of reduced social contact, lesser quantities of metal and plastics, as well as iodine-rich air in seaside resorts. The Apennines with their numerous abandoned villages offer the perfect opportunity to revive them. From an architectural perspective, this is closely linked to sustainable design, with approaches that can include renewable energy, water management, waste recycling and sustainable building materials. Escaping the city could therefore give life to beautiful places which are the spirit of Italy.

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Chapter III

 With a castle built around 1,200 ad sited directly next to the church, it is certain that settlement has been around the site of the village for many centuries. Colledimezzo literally means ‘Hill in between’, in fact the village is located on a hilltop between two higher mounts.

The hill of Colledimezzo is a solid limestone rock, so of course stone is plentiful and most of the houses have been made from this and the local surrounding stone. The houses in the village are connected by a network of streets that are all stepped to accommodate this large rock, many of the houses are not accessible by car but originally mule would have been an option of transport.

Under the village, in the rock, are a number of caves and cellars that were carved out of the hill, perfect for keeping stores of food cool in the summer.

Clearly a feudal system of some kind was in place over the centuries, with the bigger land owners co-ordinating the effort of the villagers in exchange for farming harvests of crops and olive oil supplies as well as other goods needed to maintain the village life. This was clearly exchanged with other outlying towns especially Atessa and Lanciano. To a large extent the Abruzzo area has been self sufficient for centuries.

The manor house that is most certainly known through the later generations, is the ‘Old Doctors House’ which sits just under, on a path to the side of the church and looks out towards the river. After his death in the early 1960’s the house has been lying unoccupied as he left it, it’s like an untouched time capsule. Within this building, there is an insight into how life was for the people of Colledimezzo in the past. Generations of doctors in the family treated the local villagers with their ailments, as well as dentistry and midwifery. Large storage areas under the house indicate how grain, salamis dried meats, oil and wine were stored to see them through the cold winters.

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 Many people from abroad in the last few months have asked me this question: What other expenses shall I expect on top of the price of the house?

You will be relieved to know it’s straight forward enough. You should expect to pay for:

  1. Transfer taxes and stamps
  2. Notary fees
  3. Agency fees

Transfer taxes:

Let’s start with the trickiest one, the transfer taxes. Transfer taxes include: registration tax, the cadastral tax, mortgage tax.

  1. The registration tax is payable for purchase of properties for personal use (not business or companies), is usually a standard amount of 1.100,00 Euro’s (one thousand one hundred Euro).
  2. The ‘Cadastral Rendita’ is a taxable value calculated by the government for every building in Italy.

Cadastral Rendita(1): Cadastral meaning an official record of the land and property used for the basis of taxation; Rendita meaning revenue.

The Rendita is used to determine the amount of taxes due at the time of purchase and later to collect the amount of taxes that have to be paid yearly(2). Be aware that these calculations are not based on the price of the house, they are based on the Cadastral Rendita.

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