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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Sep 2019 > Homes in Abruzzo

Homes in Abruzzo

Wild, unspoilt and uncrowded, Abruzzo holds huge appeal for lovers of the outdoors. As well as majestic mountains and gleaming beaches, it offers astonishingly affordable properties, says Fleur Kinson.
Pacentro, a comune near Sulmona, is typical of the hilltop towns of L’Aquila province
Vasto overlooks the Adriatic south of Pescara

Abruzzo entices visitors with the call of the wild, or at least the call of the great outdoors. Dominated by leafy highlands and unending beaches, this unspoilt bit of Italy encourages all sorts of healthy outdoor activities. As does its climate. Situated a bit further than halfway down the Italian leg, Abruzzo offers hot summer beach weather, cooler high-elevation hiking, plus pretty caps of the white stuff on high peaks in the winter. It’s one of the few places in Europe where you can see the sea while you are skiing.

Between its mighty mountains and its golden sands, Abruzzo fills all remaining space with lush green hills and valleys. Many of these cradle charming old villages and small towns. Abruzzo is thinly-populated, hence its uncluttered natural environment and its peaceful serenity, but it’s not a remote or inaccessible sort of place. The region has good, well-maintained roads and transport connections, and is easily reached via direct flights from the UK. Abruzzo allows you to ‘get away from it all’ but doesn’t leave you feeling isolated or cut-off. This is also true socially. Small-town and village communities in Abruzzo are warm and welcoming. People help their neighbours, and outsiders are swiftly embraced into the fold. The pace of life is slow and gentle, and there’s always time to stop and chat. Abruzzo’s crime rate is rock-bottom, which adds to the region’s overall sense of calm.

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