Why not start off your stay in Abruzzo, with the unique experience of a personalized tour of the area?
We are very fortunate that one of our team, Manolo, is a qualified tour guide. He was born locally and has a deep knowledge of the area. He speaks excellent English and has lived abroad, so has an international understanding. We recommend that you take the tour at the beginning of your stay in Abruzzo, to give you an introductory insight into the beauty and magic of the area. Manolo can show you sights that would be difficult to find on your own, and he can also recommend additional places for you to visit during the rest of your stay.
You can choose from a wide range of places to visit, and activities to participate in. Each tour is totally personal for you. Plus, whilst touring, you can chat about your property requirements, the buying process in Italy, and many other topics related to buying here. Manolo also carries out property viewings, so you can discuss your favourite properties with him.
You can choose from the following activities and places to visit:
In addition, you can make your own requests, either to visit a certain place, or take part in a type of activity.
You can choose the day of your tour, any day of the week, subject to availability. Manolo will contact you before your arrival and he’ll arrange the day according to what you tell him. On the day, he will collect you from your accommodation and be your chauffeur for the whole day. So, all you have to do is relax and enjoy Abruzzo!
Here is what some clients told us, after having enjoyed their tour:
We had the most wonderful and memorable day with Manolo touring the beautiful Abruzzo region, experiencing delicious food and meeting incredible people. Manolo picked up our group of 4 at our villa right on time. From the moment we met him we knew we would have a great day. He is so friendly and warm and his English is great. We had asked for a food tour with cheese making and chocolate but left it up to Manolo to customize the rest. We were not to be disappointed. He is from the region and knows so much about local culture that we got to experience a truly insightful tour. We began the day viewing and learning about the some of the stunning cliffs of Abruzzo and a small shrine with a rich, local history that we would never have known about otherwise. We then travelled to Atri for a look at the town and its Roman Cathedral. We enjoyed coffee in the square then headed to Bisenti for market day and a chocolate tasting like no other. Centini Concezio chocolate shop is tucked away in this beautiful village where it is rumoured that Pontius Pilate was born, and is owned by a master chocolate maker who combines ingredients you would not believe to create luxury chocolate. The absolute highlight of the tour was the opportunity to make cheese followed by a lunch in the mountains at a sheep farm. We expected to enjoy this experience, but had no idea that we would be treated to the most delicious food. Tip - go very hungry. Our amazing host provided course after course of food. I lost count after 8 dishes! The food was so fresh and authentic. The cheese was served in so many ways and our host was such an accomplished chef. We will never forget the time we spent there surrounded by amazing scenery and true hospitality. We finished the day at a winery where the locals go. The perfect end to a perfect day. This tour was incredible value. We had a very full day. The personalized service and expert knowledge provided by Manolo was second to none. He knew exactly when to step back and when to engage so it felt like such an easy day. He is also an olive farmer and makes his own oil so we benefitted from his expertise in this regard as well. When we travel we always try to find a local producers tour because we gain the best insight to an area this way. Our tour with Manolo was the best one of these experiences we have ever had. I would highly recommend taking a tour at the beginning of your stay as Manolo will give you recommendations for the rest of your stay which allows you to get the most from your time in Abruzzo. We cannot wait to go back to one of the most beautiful parts of Italy and meet with Manolo again. Thank you so much for creating such special memories for us all.
If you are coming to Italy in search of a property to buy, our knowledge of the local housing market can save you time and energy. If you tell us your requirements before your visit, we will suggest possible properties for you to view. We can email you photos and details and even visit properties, to check for suitability, saving you precious holiday time once you arrive.
When you are here, we will accompany you on viewing trips. We can also advise and help you with accommodation, hiring a car and visiting the local attractions.
We will help you with opening an Italian bank account and obtaining your Italian tax code (codice fiscale), which you will need before you can start the buying procedure. We use a local bank, also used personally by all members of the Abruzzo Reality team. We know all the staff very well and they all enjoy welcoming our clients to the area. We do not charge you for these services.
All the non-Italian members of Abruzzo Reality have been through the buying process themselves, as foreigners in Abruzzo, and have subsequently helped many others do the same. So we are well aware of the concerns felt when taking such a large step.
Once you have bought your house, you may feel a little bewildered at first, until you get used to the new culture, unfamiliar systems and meet your new neighbours and the local people (who will, by the way, welcome you with open arms and endless supplies of locally grown produce). We won't abandon you at this important stage. We will be there to help you integrate and get used to your new home and its surroundings. We may even be one of your new neighbours but, if not, we will always be close by for you.
We will help you with all aspects of daily life here in Italy, which may seem complicated and strange at first. Such as, payments of local taxes and utility bills required at the local post office, often accompanied by lengthy and unfamiliar forms. Even simple procedures, like arranging for your telephone line to be connected, can take some time, and can be difficult to arrange, especially if you are not here in Abruzzo. We can advise on all aspects of living here, even down to where to buy local wine and other produce.
For those of you who won't be living full-time in Abruzzo, we provide comprehensive property management services, with responsive communication by phone or email, a simple hourly charging structure, and regular written statements, we can be your vital link to your Italian property.
For some time we were looking for a nice place to call our own in Italy, where we could have a relaxing time in between the rush of daily life, but could also rent during the high season. Looking over countless internet pages and visiting real estate sites we came across the site of "abruzzoreality.com". We couldn't have been more lucky.
From the start we had all the help that a 'stranger in paradise' could wish.
Together with Tracey we browsed the practically the whole of north Abruzzo for something suitable that had to be not only comfortable but also had to be fitting within our budget.
Because we were in the Netherlands, she visited several properties for us and came up with an extreme good property in Mosciano Sant'Angelo at the end of May. From that moment everything went in a current. Tracey and colleagues did literally everything for us. They took care of all the paperwork and she was our tower of strength during this hectic period. In only a few weeks we had to go to Italy to get everything straightened out and a few weeks later we could sign the contract. I'm sure that with our lack of knowledge about the Italian language and bureaucracy, we would have never done it in such a short period with such a fantastic result.
Our sincere compliments to Tracey for all her effort in helping us to obtain our apartment. Abruzzo Reality really put people before quick profits.
Thank you guys!
The process of buying or selling a home in Italy can be very complicated and confusing for non-Italian residents, especially if you don’t speak fluent Italian, cannot be there in person to attend the closing, or meet with a realtor on a regular basis. My husband and I are forever grateful to have had Tracey working on our behalf and making sure that every detail was taken care of. As a Realtor, Tracey is 100% committed to her clients, and we felt she represented us consistently with professionalism and backing. She seems to work round the clock, answering emailed questions from us (from the United States) even when we knew it was very late at night in Italy (not expected, but very much appreciated!). With her knowledge and contacts, she was able to successfully bridge all communication and process gaps, without which the process of selling our home in Italy most likely would have been a nightmare. Despite some challenges along the way (such as, obtaining a power of attorney in our absence), Tracey persevered and fought for us every step of the way. We couldn’t have gotten through this without her as our Realtor, and highly recommend trusting her with any home purchase or sale. Hopefully we will have the great fortune to request her services again someday! Grazie mille per tutto, Tracey!!
We were already looking a while for a suitable house for us in Abruzzo. Abruzzo Reality helped us very well on the search for this suitable house. We visited several houses. but when we saw our house, we knew immediately knew that this was the one. The house offers plenty of oportunities. Tracey helped us perfectly through the buying process.
A few months later we were the proud new owners! Tracey has also helped us with the paperwork concerning the purchase. Nothing was too much and we also found it important that the documents were translated in English. For a foreigner it’s not so easy , especially because ‘notary language’ is not the most understandable one.
Besides her professionalism, Tracey gave us a trust worthy feeling. She and Vincenzo are a good, reliable team. They made it a lot easier for us with their professional way of working and their knowledge.
Meanwhile, we are several months away and we are enjoying our life in Abruzzo. A splendid region that has so much to offer! Thanks!
To move, buy a house and live in another country with all its bureaucracy, customs and language barriers is quite a daunting, if not exciting, prospect at the best of times. To do so, when you are doing it alone can be frightening to say the least.
Tracey made it more of an exciting adventure, without the down side, in a friendly and trustworthy manner. I am extremely grateful to her and her colleagues, and they are still here, helping to smooth out the edges long after I purchased the house of my dreams. I consider them as friends.
Tracey also found me a companion, a beautiful and loving dog who is always by my side :) Thanks for all Tracey.
"Tracey, you have been so very helpful with looking for a holiday place for us to buy. Without your help and translating there is no way we could have done it. We are very grateful, very many thanks."
We used Tracey to sell our house in the Abruzzo. We found that the services she offered were consistently what was needed. It was never any problem for her to bring prospective purchasers, even though our house was a little off the beaten track. Having lived in the Abruzzo for many years she has local knowledge and an understanding of the culture and the people which all helps in the purchasing and selling process. We have no hesitation in recommending her services.
We cannot thank Tracey and Vincenzo enough for all the fabulous help and support they have given us throughout the process of finding a new home in Abruzzo, Italy. Their honesty, openness and friendly professionalism was everything we needed to feel confident at what was a daunting time. I would highly recommend both Tracey and Vincenzo to anyone looking to buy or sell in Abruzzo. True Gems that deserve every success. THANK YOU.
When we fell in love with our little house in the Abruzzen, Italy, we were extremely lucky to have the help and support of Tracey. She always responds quickly to all our emails and is tireless when it comes to answering all our questions. We certainly couldn’t have done it without her.
We do not know where we would be if it weren't for the assistance provided by Tracey. She made every step of the buying process effortless as well as assistance above and beyond the actual purchase. Everything was explained in detail and their knowledge of the area, details and contacts were invaluable. She is an asset to the continued management of our property and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone contemplating buying or selling property in Abruzzo.
I want to share the great experience I had with my agent Tracey. I’m a US resident and earlier this year I decided to make my dream of owning a home in Italy a reality. I was lucky to find Abruzzo Reality in my search.
Tracey was instrumental in refining my search and ultimate purchase in Abruzzo.
Having no idea how to purchase a property in Italy, she was able to help me through entire process. Even after the sale, Tracey helped me connect with locals to get the services I needed, from utilities to having work done.
The process couldn’t have have smoother and I highly recommend Tracey.
We were extremely happy with the professional service provided by Tracey when selling our house in Abruzzo. Tracey was very efficient, responsive and provided a high quality and reliable service, as well as being a sincere person.
Tracey always kept us well informed through every step of the selling process. It is worth noting that Tracey was also prepared to put in the extra work, even driving 2 hours each way, because through her experience she knew that our property would match her client's requirements. We are very pleased Tracey put in the time and effort to sell our property as she was then able to match it to the buyer's requirement the outcome being it was sold to the first family who viewed it. I would definitely recommend Tracey who is a professional breath of fresh air, compared to the indifference showed by some other agencies (especially when selling).
I cannot rate Abruzzo Reality highly enough. We were very fussy buyers!! We had a long list of things that we wanted from a house and we were beginning to think we would not find what we were looking for. It can be quite disappointing seeing what looks like a lovely property on the internet and then travelling all the way to Italy to find its next door to a factory!!
Vincenzo and Tracey however, took on board our requirements and showed us only properties that fitted the criteria we asked for. They were professional and their local knowledge of the area was invaluable. It was also nice to see that the sellers thought highly of them too.
They found us the property we eventually bought and convinced us to look at it even though we thought it might not be for us from the photos. They were right.
They guided us through the buying process and helped us every step of the way, always prompt with responses to our queries. The help did not stop after we signed the papers, they helped with bills, finding us local suppliers and services and even now help us if we have a problem or need to know where to find something.
I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of buying in this area, with Tracey speaking English and Vincenzo’s local knowledge they make a great team.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to you, for being able, in a very short time, to sell my country villa, whilst showing incredible professionalism and competence. It was a very positive experience after three years of disappointments, with other local, national and even international companies. Thanks again.
While living in California, I happened to read an article on unspoiled areas in Europe. A real estate search in the Abruzzo region of Italy produced a few websites. I reviewed those sites and discovered that Abruzzo Reality provided the most comprehensive, yet balanced information on the area. The property search pages were so efficient that I easily found a couple of properties that were interesting, so I reached out to Abruzzo Reality for more detailed information, whilst clarifying that my interest was merely superficial at this point, since my search had just begun. Tracey Nicholas responded almost immediately to my queries, and informed me that it was fine to be inquisitive without any need to feel pressured to do anything. Tracey's response was pleasant to hear, given I wanted more information, but was months away from any decisions. Although very aware of real estate purchasing in the US, I was a novice in Italian real estate, which led to a myriad of questions for Tracey. Another pleasant discovery, Tracey methodically answered my questions, without a hint of presumptiveness or pressure of any sort. For the next few days, I looked around the internet for more information about the region, real estate, laws, etc., but kept returning to Abruzzo Reality website and Tracey for exacting and accurate information. Excellent!
As a buyer of real estate, I tend to do my research and proceed with great caution always testing the situation from a number of angles. I found a property that met a number of my personal attributes, so a great deal of additional information was gathered to meet my requests, including the geometra on the property, current photographs, videos, and pricing. My approach was pretty thorough and not necessarily easy for Abruzzo Reality, however all of my research requests were met with a spirit of pure openness.
As I tinkered with an offer, I considered the value of the property and my distance from Italy. In summary, I made an offer without visiting Italy. The offer was accepted, and the deal was consummated. As a testament to “trust” and Tracey, I made the purchase from California following the Italian real estate process in three payments of thousands of euros each, while not yet actually seeing the property. I made my initial trip to Abruzzo for the closing of the deal. To my pleasant surprise, the property, the deal, Abruzzo Reality, and Tracey were all as they previously appeared... accurate, authentic and honest.
My real estate experience in the US sometimes involved minor risks, but nothing like the risk of this untested situation in Italy. The key to my risk taking was Tracey and the support of the Abruzzo Reality team. Without hesitation and from the perspective of purchasing numerous properties in the United States, Tracey Nicholas and Abruzzo Reality provided the finest and most honest experience of my life.
From the moment we began working with Tracey, we knew we had found someone extraordinary that would make our house-buying experience as smooth as it possibly could be, considering we were interested in buying a house on a different continent, in a country where we didn’t speak the language. Her warm personality and amazing work ethic, when combined with her knowledge of the Abruzzo region, make her simply the perfect realtor to work with when buying a home there. We had countless questions for her throughout the process, for which she provided answers via e-mail or telephone almost immediately, regardless of time zone differences. There were also many challenges with the bank that provided our home loan that Tracey resolved through perseverance and 100% dedication to our best interests. When we met her in person, our initial impression was solidly reinforced; we instantly felt at ease with her, as if she was part of our new family abroad. We honestly don’t know if we could have succeeded in buying our dream home in Italy without her, and continue to depend on her and trust her fully with other business opportunities to this day. We couldn’t be more pleased with her work. We also cannot say GRAZIE MILLE enough to our dear friend Tracey Nicholas for making all of it possible, and for making it a fantastic experience!!
Our experience with Tracey Nicholas was professional and personable from the beginning of our purchase to closing. She guided us through the unfamiliar process of buying a home in Italy. She made what could of been an impossibility difficult process, understandable and comfortable. She and her staff were attentive to everything we required. It allowed my husband and I to focus on the joy and excitement of becoming owners in the fantastic Abruzzo area. I would recommend if you are purchasing in Abruzzo to use Tracey.
Property transactions are invariably by their very nature stress inducing, especially when involving an unfamiliar language and legal system. Complete trust in any company chosen for marketing and conveyancing is paramount and it was clear to me from my first conversation with Tracey that I had at last found the person I'd been looking for.
The sale of my property involved a particularly challenging problem which on several occasions appeared almost impossible to resolve. Tracey however is a person who inspires confidence almost as though failure is not an option and I have no doubt that without her skill and involvement the house would still be for sale and likely to stay that way.
From my personal experience of property ownership in Abruzzo I believe the service this company provides is unique and only wish that I'd found such an agency in 2004 when I first dipped my toes into Italian living.
After struggling to buy a house in Abruzzo for over a year, Abruzzo Reality made it happen for us. They turned out to be very helpful in ensuring we did not have any surprises and easing the, sometimes, arduous process of buying a house. They really pushed the boat out; sorting out difficulties with land boundaries and in particular, after purchase, they were very helpful in introducing us to a wide range of local craftsmen and builders to ensure we had a choice of who refurbished the property. We couldn't have asked for more, they supported us all along the way and were transparent and straightforward in all the negotiations. We would have likely given up long ago if it were not for their support!
Everything went smoothly!!
We saw a lot of houses with a lot of agencies. Some of them were more friendly than others, but with you, from the beginning, it was just like talking to a friend, and we had never met before.
Every question, even a stupid one, you answered.
If we had a doubt, you gave us your trust by sending evidence.
Last year in April we met, to visit a few houses. The one we came for, was the one we fell in love with.
You arranged everything through email, we just had to sign and pay 😉
Even the appointment with the notary was planned according to our chosen date.
Even after the sale you are willing to help us and answer our questions.
Thank you Tracey!
"We cannot sing the praises of Tracey sufficiently highly. She has taken all of the worry out of the house purchasing process in Italy. She has been trustworthy, thorough and reliable throughout. Tracey is a gentle, intuitive translator, active project manager and industrious agent. We have made significant savings by entrusting the whole process to Tracey. Without having the confidence to make this leap of faith we could never have operated so effectively, or economically from so great a distance.
The inevitable unfamiliarity with the Italian property house buying market proved potentially daunting. Informed advice is crucial and is provided in abundance."
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We are looking forward to welcoming you to ABRUZZO and helping make your dream a REALITY
We are looking forward to welcoming you to ABRUZZO and helping make your dream a REALITY