Charming Italian townhouse from the 17th century, located in the middle of the historic center (centro storico) in the town of Casoli (CH) in the Italian region of Abruzzo.
The house is about 100 square meters, consisting of entry-level with lobby area, a modern kitchen and dining area (suitable for up to 8 people) with an open fireplace, a living room (with a sofa-bed) and a smaller bedroom with a 120 cm bed. The upper floor has a modern bathroom with bath-tub, a regular size bedroom and a master bedroom. Both upper bedrooms has double beds and glass doors towards the terrace. The terrace is on approx 10 sqm and has spectacular views over the town with the snowy Apennine mountains and the Majella massif in the background, and is a fantastic place for an early breakfast in the sun or late night drinks.
Despite its central location, the house also hosts a private walled garden of approx 150 sqm. The garden is not currently put in order and thus is not included in the rental price, but can still be be used should you wish and offers shadow when the sun becomes too hot.
Due to its location at the top of the village, with stairs leading to the house, it is not suitable for disabled persons. On the positive side however, with no car traffic directly outside the stairs is a perfect playground for the kids.
Casoli is a pretty and perfectly sized Italian market town with about 6000 inhabitants nested on a hilltop at the foot of the Majella massif. The town is located approx 30 km / 25 mins by car from the famous Trabocchi coast (Costa dei Trabocchi) with more blue flag beaches than any other region in Italy, yet only about one hour from Roccaraso and the best ski slopes of the Apennines. The village is also in close proximity to the Aventino river for sweet water bathing as well as two sweet water lakes for watersports activities.
Here life goes on in a relaxing pace and the buzz comes mainly from church bells, rooster crows and Italians discussing the latest football results on the open street or at the espresso bar.
At the same time, being a market town means all service needed is available around the corner – the market at fridays, grocery stores, butchers, fish market, restaurants, pizzerias, espresso bars, gelateria, fruit store, post, bank, fashion stores and gas station to name a few.
The house is located in the centro storico (old town), within close proximity to everything the town has to offer. Parking is free of charge and usually without any trouble finding a vacant spot.
Abruzzo, and more so the Chieti-province where Casoli is located, offers something for every season with close proximity to both the beaches and the mountains – as well as everything in between.
From the house you’ll have about 30 km / 25 minutes by car down to the unspoilt beaches of the Adriatic and the famous coastal stretch called Costa dei Trabocchi, offering not only the highest density of blue-flag beaches in Italy, but just as fantastic food experiences on the old fishermans piers called trabocchis.
Along the Costa dei Trabocchi you’ll find both small secluded beaches as well as long child-friendly strips of both free beaches and beach-clubs with possibility to rent sun chairs and order food (called ‘Lidos’ in Italian). You will also be able to choose between sand or pebble stone depending on taste.
Another option is to go swim in the Aventino-river which offers refreshing baths in cold sweet water. The river and the Lago di Casoli (lake of Casoli) also offers the possibility to for river rafting as well as other water sports activities. The river is within biking distance (approx 10 km) from Casoli.
Abruzzo is also famous for its olive oil produce, and for being one of the biggest wine producing regions in the country, with the regional grape Montepulciano d’Abruzzo being one of the most widely exported DOC classed wines in Italy. Many of the vineyards or olive oil producers are open for visitors and offers tastings of the products and the local specialities, especially during spring and the autumn harvest.
If you care to do some shopping you’ll have Abruzzos biggest and oldest fashion store Capuzzi Moda located along the entry road to Casoli. You also have bigger towns such as Vasto, Chieti and Lanciano within convenient reach, as well as the regional capital of Pescara in about 50 minutes of driving.
For hikers and mountain bikers – Abruzzo is heaven on earth! With one-third of the territory set aside as protected national parks, there are trails for both young and old, inexperienced and experienced. Breath-taking nature experiences are guaranteed, with Abruzzo being the home of many rare species and fantastic scenery. Not to mention all the curly and wavy Strada Statale (country roads) available for all you racer bikers, or the long strip along the coast of Abruzzo set aside for bikers, offering wonderful views.
In winter you’ll have about one hour to the best ski slopes of the Apennines in Roccaraso, being one of Europes highest mountain ranges after the Alps and offering peaks up towards 3000 meters (9,500 ft). Abruzzo also offers among the most southernmost skiing possible in Europe. We can’t promise, but if the weather is right there is a possibility to ski in the morning and hang out on the beach in the afternoon during the late skiing-season.