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Sulmona -Abruzzo- Prezza -Rural Central Italy Villa

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Giamia Villa, built originally in 1885 by my great great grandfather (Cesidio) for one of his sons (Pasquale) who had six sons of his own (Raffaele, Giulio, Costa, Modesto, Damiano (my grandfather) and Armando). I was born in a very small part of this house in 1949. As time passed the house fell in disrepair and was abandoned for thirty years. In 2006, returning to Italy after 39 years and seeing it in the condition that it was in I decided to buy it. I had to pay a percentage of the value to 21 different owners. In the last three years we have completed the renovations and have now a premier tourist rental property.

From the extra large balconies (400 sq. ft.) we have a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, lush green river valley below and well cultivated lands in the vicinity. Sounds of water rushing and birds singing is the norm throughout the day and at night you could see the milky way and all its stars due to the clear atmosphere that is delightful to breathe in.

Thanks for the assistance -The penthouse unit -is 650 sq. ft, ceramic flooring in the kitchen and dining room, parquet flooring in the bedroom, cathedral wood ceiling heavy exposed wood joists, wood trim throughout, extra large shower.

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Michael Giammarco
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Michael Giammarco

Immigrated to Canada in the late 1950's with my parents as a nine year old boy, grew up in Toronto where I had my schooling, got married and started my career. Moved out west to Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in 1977. Started a new career in Real Estate Developer and Property managing that is still ongoing. In 1997 returned to Italy after 39 years, memories of my birthplace, its peaceful tranquility, and sense of home led me to invest in my home village (Campo di Fano) with a population of 300 relatives of mine. I invite you to come and share my piece of paradise.

Michael Giammarco purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Michael Giammarco chose Province of L'Aquila

I Thank the good Lord for giving me the opportunity to do a feel good project from my heart. Peaceful setting surrounded by Olive groves, vineyards, mountains and rivers, it was the place of my birth and I felt that I had to somehow set my roots here again in a village where we are all related and you are welcomed with open arms.

What makes this apartment unique

I have purchased over 60 Acres of land that we are now clearing and planting a vineyard, assorted fruit trees from peaches to kiwi fruit. Wide varieties of rose bushes and countless of other flowering plants, bushes and shrubs. Most of all socializing with the many relatives that I am surrounded with in our village. Come and be part of this setting with me.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • all tiled floor and walls, vanity, toilet, and extra large shower 4 feet by 4 feet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Sulmona -Abruzzo- Prezza -Rural Central Italy Villa
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

A different side of Italy

  • 5 of 5

After walking down Italy from the Swiss border to Rome, staying in towns large and small, Sulmona offers yet another aspect of Italian life. WIFI marginal but Michael was a very kind and attentive host who worked to ensure we had a great break in his apartment. We found it easy and interesting walking around the area, a trip by train to Pescara on the Adriatic Sea, catching the bus into town. We did feel we were able to sense the rhythm of the place and certainly enjoyed afternoons on the expansive and scenic deck.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Giovinazzo, BA, Italy

Breakfast on the Mountain

  • 5 of 5

The place is amazing. Just wake up the wiew of the MouNtain with is green colour, in front of our eyes, was extremely nice. The life is slowly and you can seriously relax yourself. Very good choise

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Domenico and Alessandra, it was truly a pleasure to host you both in our Central Italy paradise. Please tell your friends and family about your experiences and looking forward to hosting you again in the future
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Nice holiday flat with huge balcony in central Abruzzo

  • 5 of 5

Walking in the mountains of the national parcs in Abruzzo is wonderful. This holiday flat is situated near 2 national parcs and one regional nature parc. It takes no more than one hour by car to go to all the interesting places. There is a huge balcony with a wonderful view of the mountains. It is very quiet and within 10 minutes you can go by car to Sulmona (nice typical italien town)

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Vancouver, BC Canada

A relaxing Italian getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Large comfortable suite with a full kitchen. Huge balcony with a panoramic view of the mountains. A garden like no other; flowers, fruit trees, vegetables of all sorts. Fountains & ponds..... A perfect place for an Italian getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GiaMia Villa September 2015

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the good fortune to choose G V for our stay in Abruzzo. By the time we arrived we had had enough of the touristy places, being jostled about and finding ourselves in crowded places. As advertised, it is quiet and peaceful and while it feels almost remote when you are there, it is only a few minutes’ drive to Sulmona where there are enough activities, restaurants and nightlife to fill anyone’s calendar. The Adriatic beaches are less than an hour away, kids were back in school so not crowded and the “Indian Summer” weather meant we could spend more time at the beach than we had originally planned.

The pace here was more relaxed and we had a huge terrace for morning coffee and even dining al fresco when we didn’t feel like going to a restaurant. With a fully equipped kitchen in the apartment it was a lot more fun to shop at the open markets and make a meal. Mike, the owner, had us picking fresh veggies and fruits from the abundant gardens. He has transformed the property by adding small lakes and ponds with waterfalls and a large deck that looks perfect for a wedding or party. A river runs along the edge of the property down at the bottom of the hill and a dozen cows are in the nearby pasture.

The best part, for me anyway, was the HUGE shower with plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Every place else we stayed had a tiny box that you could barely turn around in, much less reach down to pick up a dropped bar of soap!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Villa and host

  • 5 of 5

GiaMia Villas is located near Sulmona, 1 ½ hour from Rome and 45 min from the beach at Pescara. Mike was an amazing host. He responded to our emails and questions quickly. He greeted us with a bottle of wine and fresh figs, and was very knowledgeable about the area. He loves to talk about the history of each village and the area. Sulmona has a market, grocery store, and restaurants and it is the confetti candy capital (those “wedding” candy covered almonds). A car is recommended to explore the area, but Sulmona has good connections by bus and train so it is not essential.

The property is in a beautiful setting, on a hill overlooking countryside and surrounding villages. It is really pretty at night, with all the villages lit up. The property has many fruit trees and we were welcome to pick any for ourselves. The apartment was very spacious and a good value and the property would be great for large extended family groups as there are many individual and connected units. The shower was huge and a welcome change from the typically tiny ones found in hotels.

Mike, thank you for making our time at GiaMia so relaxing and special.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
Leonardo Di Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) Rome
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Pescara, on the Adriatic Sea
Car: not necessary

Horse drawn carriage trips for 4 along a river valley


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Province of L'Aquila, Italy

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £44.46

200 Euro Refundable Damage Deposit is required at check in

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