For a long time Abruzzo was considered Italy's best kept secret, but during the last decades that has changed.
One third of Abruzzo is hilly landscapes facing the Adriatic coast. Here the population density is the highest which also means that the prices in general are a bit higher than the rest of the region. You can find pricey properties close to the sea where the squaremeter price come close to more well known and prestigious locations in Italy.
Pescara is the main city and though the municipality of Pescara only counts 120.000 inhabitant the metropolitan area of Pescara has around 400.000 inhabitants.
The last two thirds of Abruzzo consists of mountain areas with beautiful valleys and stunning mountains. The mountains which in the highest parts offer the possibilty for alpine and nordic skiing during the winter.
Abruzzo is the right place to do a bargaign if you are looking for an old stone house in a medieval village. When it comes to beautiful medieval towns and villages Abruzzo is full of them and in the central part of Abruzzo the small villages are experiencing a decline in original population.
Pros and cons for Abruzzo
Real estate prices in Abruzzo
In general Abruzzo has lower prices than other parts of Italy as Tuscany, Piemonte, Liguria and Marche.
Variation of properties
In Abruzzo you can find most types of properties. The scenery of Abruzzo is very diverse with soft hills and mild climate towards the sea and rough mountains has made a big variation in building types.There are isolated rural stone houses, town houses ranging in all ages, modern appartments and luxurious villas.
Abruzzo is right in the center of Italy. Close to the eternal city of Rome and not to far from Naples. The autostrada from Rome to Pescara (a25) is well maintained and makes crosing from east to west easy. From north to south the Adriatico (A14) makes transport not only easy but incredibly beautiful.
A total of 133 km of nice sandy beaches makes Abruzzo the perfect place for those who love life at the beach. On Saturdays and Sundays the beaches can be crowded but if you are in Abruzzo on vacation you can basicaly have them to yourself during weekdays. Except for August when it seems all Italians come to the beaches.
From the higest peak of 2912 meters Abruzzo have mountains in all shapes and sizes. Abruzzo is wild and 3 national parks makes sure it stays that way. Animals, rivers, caves, mountain lakes and waterfalls Abruzzo has it all in abundance.
Sport and outdoor activities
The nature offers it all. Trekking in the mountains, biking, river rafting, skiing and much much more.
Food and drinks
The food of Abruzzo is like in the rest of Italy simply something else. Fish is a big thing in Abruzzo. So are the arrosticini which are lamb meat on sticks.