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Homes in Abruzzo

Spacious and unspoilt, with mighty highlands and gleaming beaches, Abruzzo is a nature-lover’s paradise. It also has some of Italy’s best-value property, and so it’s little surprise that the market is hotting up right now, says Fleur Kinson.
The snowy peaks of the Gran Sasso are just a short drive from the sea

Halfway down the eastern side of the Italian leg, Abruzzo confidently unfurls between the high Apennines and the blue Adriatic. This is a region of wild, majestic landscapes where modestsized settlements sit surrounded by vast expanses of the natural world. Indeed, this is known as Italy’s ‘greenest region’ and a full third of Abruzzo’s land area is protected national parkland.

The region’s far west provides an arresting, celestial backdrop of mountain peaks, while the east meets the warm sea with more than eighty miles of clean, golden beaches. And the distance between these two extremes is not so great.

As Christine Purdie of Abruzzo Property Italy points out, “Abruzzo is the only place in Europe where you can look at the sea while you are skiing. It is just one hour from the beach to the slopes, which means that on a warm day in April you can be skiing in the morning, have a tasty lunch in town and be sunbathing in the afternoon.”

Between the peaks and the beaches, lush green hills and valleys cradle charming villages and small towns. Abruzzo is thinly-populated, which helps keep it wonderfully quiet and unspoilt, but it’s not a remote or inaccessible sort of place; the region has good, wellmaintained roads and transport connections, and is easily reached via direct flights between the UK and regional capital Pescara. And for all Abruzzo’s sense of space, you won’t feel cut off here. Socially, as you might imagine, communities are warm and supportive; people help their neighbours, and outsiders are warmly 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 also is rock-bottom, which only adds to the overall sense of ease and peace that suffuses this place.

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