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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.

Magnificent villa of 650 sqm for sale, elegant interiors. Abruzzo.

Villa for sale, completely designed by the architect Walter Franchini, in Abruzzo, Italy.

Elegant villa completely designed by the architect Walter Franchini. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 living rooms. 360.000 €. 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.

Life in Abruzzo. Events and Traditions.

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 You have bought your dream house in Abruzzo region and now you are thinking about a swimming pool... What permits do you need to install a swimming pool in Italy?

If you have bought a house in Abruzzo and you are thinking about installing a swimming pool, it is important that you follow the right procedure to require the necessary permits before starting any work. Every region in Italy and even every municipality have different laws regarding the installation of swimming pools.

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First of all, to install a swimming pool you need to require a permit to the municipality where the house is located; It is not possible to install a pool without any permit. The permit can be either a simple S.C.I.A. or a building project. If you have bought a land and you are building your house from scratch or if you are restoring a ruin and you intend to extend it, then you will need a building project. An engineer, an architect or a geometra of your choice will apply for your building project. Besides all the structural works, the building project can also cover the installation of the pool.

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On the other hand, if the house is already built and you just need to install the pool, you have to ask a geometra to apply for a S.C.I.A.

S.C.I.A. means 'Segnalazione Certificata Inizio Attivita’, this document is necessary when you intend to renovate the house without changing its structure: renovate a bathroom, knock down a partition wall, change the layout of the rooms, etc…The S.C.I.A. is also required if you intend to install a swimming pool. Normally a geometra charges 500,00 / 600,00 euro to submit a S.C.I.A.

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 A suggestive festival is held every year in Agnone, in Molise region; the festival is called La N’docciata and it takes its origin from the pagan rite of the fire. In the past, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the shepherds of this area used to build big torches made of wood. The roots of the festival go back even before the time of the ancient Romans. This area was the home of the Samnite tribes.

Traditional Christmas festival in Agnone, La N’docciata

The torches had a conic hard wood structure filled with brushwood. This type of structure allowed the shepherds to carry the torches on their shoulders when they had to walk in the countryside during the night. The structure also permitted the fire to burn for long time; therefore, the torches were a source of light and a source of heat for the shepherds during the long, cold winter’s nights. The tradition is also related to the pagan rite of the light.

Long torches, made with slats of fir, dried broom and strings
 

Nowadays, the festival is held twice a year, the evening of the 8th of December that in Italy is a Catholic festivity, and the evening of the 24th of December. This is the traditional date, on the Eve night. The second, the 8th of December, became famous on 1996 when it was performed in Piazza San Pietro for the Pope. La N’Docciata is now a big event, with several dozens of torches carried by men wearing traditional shepherd’s clothes.

Dozens of torches carried by men dressed in traditional costumes

The torches formed by just a single cone are normally carried by teen-age kids. The bigger torches formed by two, three or even fourteen cones are carried by adults. The procession is very impressive.

Ndocciata, an ancient Christmas festival celebrated in Molise, Italy

The torches parade strolls along the main road of the Agnone, from the northern side of the village up to the main cathedral. The closing ceremony is held in Piazza del Plebiscito, where what is left of all the torches end up in a giant bonfire of brotherhood.

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An alternative to car or motorbike? Ape 50!!

 Anyone who’s spent time on Italy’s roads will have encountered these tricycles, hurtling around cobbled streets. If you come to Abruzzo you will see many of these little, cute vehicles, sometime in bright colours and funny details. The Piaggio Ape is a link between car and motorcycle. This three-wheeled light commercial vehicle, first produced in 1948 by Piaggio, is basically a Vespa with a flat-bed structure supported by two rear wheels. Developed in Italy just after World War Two, Italians needed cheap transport and this curious little motorized tricycle would go on to help rebuild the Italian economy. The Fiat 500 would not arrive for another decade.

Ape is Italian for Bee but it is pronounced “Appy” and not “Ape”, which is a primate. The classic Italian vehicle that is versatile, adaptable, handy and yet cute and stylish. Italy’s iconic three-wheel vehicle started with the Piaggio Ape 50 and grew into the much-loved Ape range, that now includes the Piaggio Ape Classic and the Piaggio Ape Calessino. The Ape 50 is one of the smallest vehicles on the world nevertheless, it can be loaded up to 205 km. With Ape 50 it is possible to drive in very narrow step roads, like in the historic centres of many Italian villages, in countryside dirt roads and even in the city centre.

To drive Ape 50 is not necessary a car driving license, it is enough a motorbike license and it is possible to drive it from the age of 14. Ape 50 costs only 5.000,00 euro including VAT and the insurance is nothing compared to a normal car. The best thing about Ape 50 is that it is possible to personalise it in so many different and funny way.

The design that powered Italy's economic growth is still working hard after 70 years on the road and now the Ape 50 is also available as an all-electric power version.

In this video, Matt LeBlanc from Friends (TV Show) driving an Ape around the beautiful 13th-century village of Castel del Monte in Abruzzo, Italy.

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Our house in Abruzzo

 Every time I think about it, which might be several times in a day I feel a warm glow inside. We are still probably not sure how it happened but here is what we can make out about the decision to buy a house in Abruzzo, Italy. The first point is that we like to go on holiday. Being complicated about these things we like some beach, some ‘culture’ lots of tradition and easily found good food. Also we never felt that we had lots of extra money so ‘good value’ was often high on the list too.

We were lucky to be invited to Corsica to spend a couple of weeks with friends a few years ago. The following  year we returned to the same general area but Sardinia this time – our friends joined us again. Sardinia was lovely and with direct flights from East Midlands (our local) airport it seemed like a good place to return to. In the end we thought we might like to see Rome the next year, though with two school age children we probably needed beach time too. So that time we flew to Rome, spent a couple of days there and then drove across the ‘boot’ to Abruzzo. We stayed in a small beach town in Chieti and it worked very well for us. We drove to Lanciano some evenings and enjoyed the summer festivals. The following year it seemed logical to return to the same spot, because we knew our way around a bit - and that is when the idea really took hold.

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Both busy with full time jobs and active boys a holiday was often part adventure, trying new places and restaurants and part relaxation. Sometimes we thought, it would be nice to just do the relaxation and save the adventure for other occasions. Having looked at property in Italy Abruzzo seemed like an extremely good deal. As we dreamed and contacted estate agents online we were impressed at how promptly Monia at Abruzzo Rural Property would answer our enquiries, with plain and simple answers. This went on for a while and we were unable to find the limit of her patience with our speculative enquiries. Some things changed in our lives and it became evident that if we were to stop dreaming and become serious then we might be able to afford something small, even if it was a tiny shack in the middle of a small olive grove.

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So then we began to be serious. We informed Monia that we would fly out to view some properties and the story began. We flew out last winter and spent two days with Monia and her outstanding English language skills, viewing properties. As patient as her emails, she took us to see all the places we had listed - spotted around different towns and villages in Chieti province. The second day of viewings was bright and sunny and that is when we saw ‘our house’.

A stone house with a dozen olive trees, in a small hilltop village. The view from the back of the house is jaw dropping yet serene, everything else is all we wanted and more. All four of us decided then and there that this one was it. Monia then spent the next few weeks helping us to negotiate a price, get all our paperwork organised, a bank account, a notary, a geometra and probably a hundred other vital things we didn’t even properly realise. Then on a balmy July evening this summer the deed was finalised in the notary’s office with the seller and her (it seemed) entire extended family present. It was a complicated contract where many of the family members had claims to bits of the land and house. The assembly of all the various people was a mammoth task to get right for the day and we didn’t have to lift a finger. The entire process could not have been smoother and Monia was astounding in her ability to get things done, yet always allow us to take our time with decisions and to clarify each part of the process until we were sure.

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