Why Buy a House in Abruzzo?

Shepherds House, Gran Sasso National Park

An old Shepherds House near Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso National Park

If you are considering buying a house in rural Abruzzo, adapting a few of our tried and tested lines would be good to placate your friends and family who might you find strangely question your sanity at buying a property in such an unspoilt world…

Close Proximity to the UK

It is so close to the UK – only a 2 hour flight to Pescara, Rome & Ancona airports.

Ryanair flies to Pescara

Easyjet & Ryanair both fly to Ciampino Rome.

Europe’s Greenest Region

One-third of the region is designated parkland – more than any other within Europe.

The wildlife includes boars, chamois, bears, wolves and Golden Eagles.

It was Pope John Paul II’s favourite place for rambling.

Highest Mountain in Italy

The Corno Grande is the highest point in Italy – you can see both the Med & the Adriatic.

It hosts Europe’s most southerly glacier – the Ghiacciaio del Calderone.

Fantastic Apennine ski and Adriatic Sea beach resorts are never more than 30 minutes away.

Culture Culture Culture

Just a walk in a hilltop village can take you on a quick trip from the Romans, to medieval architecture, a Romanesque Church, the Renaissance Medici, and of course the modern.

Delicious Wine at Affordable Prices

It is the home to the delicious and oh-so-drinkable Montepulciano & Trebbiano wines and a good vintage will never break the bank.

Super Local & Seasonal Food

Where the eating of both local & seasonal food is practiced daily – no food miles, no plastic packing, they are green by tradition.

It’s possible to never have to go to the supermarket again – there are daily & local van deliveries selling bread, cheese, salami, meat, fish, and vegetable delivered straight to all the villages.

You can eat an incredible 3-course meal with wine for less than 20 euros per head.

The finest Pecorino Cheese is believed to be from Abruzzo’s Campotosto area.

Tasty Water

Brushing your teeth with mountain spring water is something that Londoners can only dream of.


There is almost a festival a day held somewhere in Abruzzo, these don’t just celebrate Saints but medieval sinners like Lucrezia Borgia, food, snakes, and Jazz to name a few.

Great Public Transport

Public transport is both cheap & very efficient!

Lowest Crime Rate in Italy

Violent crime per 1000 in London is currently running at 22.2%…

House Prices

House prices have increased by 15% over the past year, it is an investment.

Charming Neighbours

The Abruzzi people ‘speak from the heart’ and are the most open, hospitable, charitable & lovely in the whole wide world!

Live beautifully within your means

In Abruzzo it is possible… you can buy & restore property for less than 100,000 euros.

Further Reading

The Herald – Living La Dolce Vita

The IndependentHouse Hunting: In search of the real Italy


Roddy Newlands
Author: Roddy Newlands

Roddy Newlands is an Associate Member of Life In Abruzzo, as well as antique book dealer and web and graphic designer. Abruzzo allows him to get his mountain-air fix, & satisfy his passion for pasta & panettone.

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