Abruzzo, hidden away down its winding roads are castles, vineyards, and villages made of stone and memory, offers the best of country life but is minutes away from both the beach and skiing every winter, the ski resorts in Abruzzo attract great numbers of weekend “fun” skiers from Rome and elsewhere. Affordable ski too, daily lift passes cost only 10 to 15 euro. Wine? You bet! The local favorite is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a deeply colored red, scented with blackberry and cherry undertones. Add the affordable cost of properties, and you have all the ingredients for retiring in style on Italy’s Adriatic coast.
Abruzzo, Italy | Overseas Haven Report
In our Overseas Haven Report for Abruzzo, Italy we uncover the hidden-gem that will let you step back in time. No over-crowding, no heavy industry, just the best of Italian country life.
Life in Abruzzo hasn’t changed much over the centuries, and coming to Abruzzo is like wandering into a gentler, kinder yesterday…a yesterday with little or no crime and neighbors who watch out for each other.
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