...and be amazed!
Abruzzo has been defined as one of the most important real estate markets for second-home buyers in Italy and abroad. The experts in the sector expect very solid prospects for the luxury real estate market in Abruzzo, thanks to its infrastructures, excellent beaches, national parks, numerous leisure services such as golf clubs, several skiing resorts, an international airport, first-class medical centers and above all a strong political commitment to the promotion of the territory.
Most of the Adriatic beaches fall gently into the water and are ideal for families with children. The high season is from the end of July until the beginning of September. In May, June, September and October, these beaches are ideal for a quiet and relaxing beach holiday.
Abruzzo, ranked fifth in this classification of the best places to retire in the world, can be considered as one of Italy’s secret treasures. So retiring to Abruzzo is ideal for all those looking for a quiet destination. At the same time it has a wealth of places to visit and discover, and you can ski or spend time at the beach depending on the season. With regards to safety, this area of central Italy also has an impressive record; crime is much lower here compared to other regions. We can also add that buying a home in Abruzzo is very easy thanks to its very affordable house prices all around the region.
There are a large number of hiking and trekking paths inside and outside the national parks, some of which are well marked. Educational paths have been established in several parks.
There’s everything here from a leisurely walk to a challenging peak top hike. The gentle slopes of the Maiella range and several ascents starting out from the Campo Imperatore are very popular among less experienced hikers.
The course was designed by the famous American architect Ronald Kirby. The 18-hole course is located in the picturesque Val di Foro (Par 72, 6184 metres long) and is suitable for all handicaps. The course also welcomes non-members wanting to pursue their favourite sport while on holiday. So whether you’re a regular player or are interested in taking up the sport, this is a wonderful way to pass the time.
16 different lift sites are in operation in the Abruzzo region. The most important of these are Roccaraso and Campo Felice. In the higher climbs, skiing is possible from December till April. The downhill runs of the Passo Lanciano, from where you can see the sea on a clear day, are spectacular. Skiing courses are also available. Many of the resorts are equipped with snow-making machines.
Cross-country skiers will find a large number of trails in the national parks (such as Macchiarvana and Gran Sasso National Parks). The Abruzzi region is a hot tip for beginners and experienced skiers. The tourist office has published a free guide in English. The various routes are described in detail. More advanced skiers like to try out exciting ski trails away from the beaten path.
Abruzzo, a region boasting Norman castles, hidden hermitages, picturesque medieval villages, and an step-back-in-time atmosphere.
The list of the historical places worth a visit is long, but some of them are really not-to-be-missed.
Scanno a magnificent old town whose origins date back to Roman era.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio: all the medieval buildings have been restored to their original beauty and converted into an “albergo diffuso”.
Rocca Calascio: the fortress dates back to the 10th century and overlooks the Navelli plateau, it has breathtaking view.
Pescocostanzo: many of the buildings and churches are real masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque.
Lanciano: according to a legend it was founded by the Trojan hero Solimus around 1181 BC.The church of San Francesco preserves one of the most important Christian relic of all times: the holy Eucharistic miracle, officially recognized by the Catholic church.
Vasto with Palazzo d’Avalos, the town’s most imposing building overlooking the sea and seek shade in its fascinating Neapolitan-style garden
Abruzzo stands as the biggest nature area in Europe, and is often known as “Europe’s greenest region”. A third of its territory is designated as protected areas: three National Parks, a Regional Park and more than thirty Nature Reserves.
wine & tradition
Some of the most highly rated wine from Abruzzo comes from the hillside vineyards in the northern provinces of Pescara and Teramo. In the completely mountainous province of L’Aquila in the west, some rosé wine known as Cerasuolo from the Montepulciano grape is produced.
Food is another important part of life in this piece of heaven. In most trattorias the dishes are cooked according to ancient traditions, just like they were in past generations.
By the coast the typical dishes use fish, while inland, roasted kid goat, lamb and wild boar are top of the menu.