House in Corfinio, Nr. Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy - Tranquil, Traditional Location. Restaurants, Bars And Shops All Within 200 Metres
Our house is a typical Italian home with entrance directly onto the quiet street, with ample parking. There is a garden (with fig trees) and patio area complete with BBQ, loungers and extendible table, chairs and parasol. There is a downstairs cloakroom/wc just off the entrance hall leading to the large kitchen/dining room with cantina below and side entrance to garden area. On the first floor there is a well equipped lounge with Juliet balcony and stairs leading to the 2nd floor bedrooms and house bathroom. The house is well situated for all kinds of activities including skiing (40 mins), walking in the Appenines, beach (40 mins) and sightseeing (Rome 1.5 hours). The Citta d'Arte of Sulmona only 15 mins away with an abundance of shops, restaurants, museums, architecture galore!
Top Traveller Review
Good location for Abruzzo travel
About the Owner
We live in a small Lancashire town where we run our own business. We travelled to Italy, specifically Abruzzo, for the first time 5 years ago and fell in love with the area, the people and the tranquil way of life. So different to our busy work life. Since then we have been toying with the idea of buying a property in the area and are now delighted to be able to offer this lovely house in Corfinio.
4.9 based on 12 holidaymaker reviews
Good location for Abruzzo travel
Very well equipped and supplied. And very close to the town's center. Fairly steep stairs especially to the top floor. Local people are very accommodating, as was the owner of the house.
Fantastic introduction to the real Italy
A well equipped house in a beautiful village setting, the village is big enough to be interesting, with the old town and abbey etc..A very good local bar and two restaurants within easy walking distance. We are keen walkers, and using the Cicerone Guide, 'Walks in Abruzzo' did four fabulous walks, all 3 - 5 hours, there are much bigger mountains in the area to be climbed, and we intend to return. The whole area is totally unspoiled, with picturesque villages dotted about on rocky outcrops, there is very little commercialism, very little English spoken (but we managed without Italian) and it's cheap! early October was a great time for walking (not to hot), but the first snow will not be far away. Fabulous holiday!!
First Slice Of Italy
This was our first trip to Italy, and I have to say that it wont be our last. We arrived the house late evening , took our bags in and took in the beautiful vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and lovely big rooms in the rest of the house. The house is brilliant, full of all the things you need to make life comfortable (including hairdryer and hairstraightners for the girls!). There were 6 of us, my wife and I and our two sons and their girlfriends. The house slept us all comfortably.
The first morning we woke up and could fully see what the surrounding countryside was like; very mountainous, just our cup of tea. There is a plethora of things to do and see in the nearby area and we went cycling for a couple of days. We hired bikes from a shop in Sulmona called Bikeshocks. Bikes cost around 100 euros a week for decent quality road bike. My son and I rode up to Lake Scanno and met the family there. Scanno is a must see place. We did a lot of driving but I loved driving here,nobody hangs around and dawdles!
Another great day out was a white water rafting place in called 'Abruzzo Rafting' in Civitella Messa Raimondo. It took us about 1.3/4 hours to get there but was worth it!
There is a Lidl and a Carrefour supermarket in the local Sulmona - just a 10 minute drive away for groceries but the local small supermarket just up the road stocks quite alot of stuff. We were definitley surprised at the price of food in Italy. We have been to France several times and Spain and we agreed that Italy was cheaper for shopping/eating out.
Sulmona is beautiful in the evening. All the locals come out about 9pm and wander the streets. We were lucky during our visit as the town hall had a visiting opera, so we had an evening of opera and it was free! There is a lovely gelato shop near the roman aqueduct too wihich is a must- the best gelato we had over our 2 weeks there.
We also drove up to the passo st leonardo, as we had been advised that the sky is beautiful up there at night. The road was closed unfortunately, but we stopped by the barriers for a moment with the car lights turned off. To our amazment, there were thousands of fireflies all around us! We have never seen them before so were blown away by this amazing spectacle. We were there in late July and I'm not sure if they are there all year round, but we will definitely go and see if they are there next time we go.
If you want to see the real Italy, away from tourists and high prices, this is where you should visit.
Just back from my 3rd stay in this lovely, welcoming, beautifully appointed house. In 11 days, we had about 3 minutes of rain late one evening! Glorious weather for walking and exploring on little road trips in the area, or just chilling and reading on the terrace. I've been coming to Abruzzo for 13 years, and it never disappoints, and springtime was no exception. I happened to arrive on the feast of San Allesandro, the patron saint of the village, and, after mass in the Cathedral, joined the rest of the village (and a rather good little brass band), to follow the statue of the Saint round the village. These unexpected festas and celebrations are a wonderful way of feeling part of village life, for which this holiday home is ideally situated.
Amazingly, with temperatures in the valley hitting the mid 30's C, there was still skiing up at Campo Imperatore, and the road up to the Albergo (from where Mussolini was 'sprung' during a daring rescue) was STILL closed due to deep drifts of snow across the road. It makes a lovely day out to do a round trip from Corfinio to Rocca Calascio, then to Santo Stefano in Sessanio, Campo Imperatore and then back via Castel del Monte and Ofena.
If you love great food and wine, stunning mountains, rivers and lakes and the opportunity to experience genuine, unspoilt Italy at its best, then this is the place for you!
Rick and I stayed in this wonderful village for two months. I have been learning Italian for five years, so needed to practice. The house was like home, spacious, light, extremely well equipped and very comfortable. The position and proximity to shops and piazza with bars was perfect.The locals were so friendly and welcoming. We explored 7000 kms, but fell in love with Abruzzo. Having Pino, a wonderful local who spoke English, made our stay even more interesting. He was able to answer all our questions! I would recommend this house and vilage to anyone wanting the "real" Italian experience.
Jenny & Rick Old
We followed Stewart’s directions from Rome and we were soon surrounded by the stunning scenery of Abruzzo.
Arrived at their delightful home to stocked food cupboards, fridge and wine rack, all they ask is that what you use, please replace, which makes sound sense. Most products are available; in fact it's one of the best equipped houses we have ever visited.
Situated in the village of Corfinio, occupying a prime location, the Juliet balconies in the lounge and the main bedroom, overlook the street and are wonderful for people watching. The house has been tastefully decorated, has everything you will need, including an eclectic collection of books and DVD's. Jane & Stewart are very knowledgeable regarding the surrounding area and will be happy to offer advice.
Corfinio is a wonderful place from which to explore Abruzzo, close by is Sulmona, beautiful City of the Arts. L'Aquila was devastated by an earthquake in 2009, the city is a building site, but is a must visit, very moving experience to witness the devastation and the dedication of the Abruzzan people who are rebuilding their damaged city. Stanno a beautiful mountain village is like going back in time - another must visit.
If you stay between June and September, Piazza Corfinio comes alive from 9pm-3 am it’s fantastic & amazing. Il Barbaro & Hotel Exelsior both in the village are worth a visit, owners of Excelsior are very welcoming.
Lo Chalet in Raiano, lovely garden setting. Best restaurant in the area is Da Gianni also in Raiano, fantastic seafood restaurant
I could go on about this wonderful part of Italy, you need to visit & experience it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
From the Owner
“After many visits and several years of searching we happened upon the lovely little village of Corfinio and decided to take the plunge and buy our holiday home. After much renovation work we hope that we have created a comfortable home from home for all who visit. The area is rich in culture and natural beauty which is why we felt drawn to it. Corfinio is a lovely, peaceful base to explore from. We are happy to share our knowledge of the area and advise any potential guests. Please give us a call on either mobile number or email at the address given.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Abruzzo is a popular destination for walkers and mountaineers along with mountain biking (can be hired locally). There is an abundance of wildlife including lynx, bears, golden eagles and wolves. There is also white water rafting available within an hours drive of Corfinio. There are also several horse riding and trekking establishments in the area.
There are many famous wineries producing, predominantly, the Montepulcianio d'Abruzzo wines. Several of these offer tours of the vineyards, the nearest only a few miles away in Vittorito.
The environment is generally stunning, offering lots of opportunity for those with an interest in photography.
Obviously, for the 'culture vultures', the area is steeped in history. In fact, Corfinio was the first capital of Italia until its assimilation into the Roman Empire after a short war in 91BC. There is still evidence in and around the village of this former ancient capital of the Pelignan tribes.
45 mins drive away there are hundreds of kilometres of stunning, Adriatic beaches. Pescara is a fabulous resort along with Francavilla del mare just a few km further along the coast. From this coast, seasonally, there is a ferry to Croatia.
Jet2, Ryanair, Easyjet and Monarch all fly into Rome along with non-budget airlines. Rome Fiumicino is 1hr 45mins drive, whereas Rome Ciampino is slightly closer at 1hr 30mins. Both Rome airports are a straightforward beautiful drive to Corfinio. Pescara Airport is even closer at around 40 mins but is only served at time of writing by London Stansted airport Ryanair flights. Car hire is cheap and highly recommended, although it is perfectly possible to use the very efficient public transport.
Although there are many villages and small towns within a few km, Sulmona is a large principal town of Abruzzo about 12 mins drive. Rome is accessible for day trips. Utilising public transport you can be there within 2 hours or you can drive to Tiburtina station and take the metro which would take about 1hr 30mins.
There is a bank with cash point and a post office in the village. There is also a pharmacy, all very close to the house. There is a good selection of larger supermarkets all within about 5 -10 minutes drive.
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Bookings can be made via email or telephone. Please see contact details. There will be a deposit of 50% required at the time of booking, balance due 4 weeks before arrival. Bookings made within 6 weeks of travel will be payable in full at the time of booking.
A refundable deposit of £120 (at the time of final payment) is payable to cover breakages etc. This will be refunded upon inspection of the property after departure.
Changeover day is flexible.
Notes on prices:
Front page on prices in Euros. We really prefer BACS transfer into UK bank, if possible. It is possible to pay by credit card in Euros. The prices below are in GB£'s, but the same general terms apply regardless of currency.
The exchange rate used is correct at time of writing at £1 = E1.15
£300 per week with a £25 heating surcharge between November and the end of March. We offer discounts for longer stays, just ask. There is a minimum charge of £100, and the price per day is £50.
We also levy a cleaning and laundry charge of £50 on stays under 6 days
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Games
- Video Library
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- autumn foliage
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Small cloakroom/wc on the ground floor with wash basin and toilet. On the 2nd floor there is a house bathroom with basin, wc and bath with shower over.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom has ample storage, shutters and a lovely Juliet balcony looking down the main street. The twin bedroom is a lovely light, airy room also with shuttered windows and plenty of storage. The lounge is equipped with a comfortable sofa bed.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Outside: Outside there is a quiet patio area with table, chairs complete with cushions and parasol. There are also 2 sun loungers, one with reading shade and the other with it's own clip-on parasol. We have also provided a BBQ with tools and 'Arrosticini' grill for al fresco cooking. There are two fig trees from which you are welcome to help yourself when in season. There is a nice garden area with rose bushes and flowers. Utility Room: There is a large, not restored cantina below the kitchen/dining area with ample storage. There is also a pantry just off the kitchen which houses iron/ironing board, first aid kit and other useful household items. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and the house is usually cleaned weekly. There is a washing machine with washing line in the garden if required. There is also a clothes maiden. Bedding will be changed weekly and spare bedding is readily available. Other: There is an ipod docking station/CD player and charger in the dining area. We have also equipped the house with a hair dryer, straighteners, plug adaptors. The home benefits from a good central heating system which keeps the house toasty warm.