The village of Castelli is situated in the province of Teramo, in the North East of Rome. Built on a wooded promontory at the foot of Mount Carmicia, this charming town has become popular since the 13th century due to its remarkable ceramics. Between the rivers Rio and Leomogna, Castelli is a favourite destination for tourists and art lovers. For its vicinity to the Gran Sasso of Italy, the village is an ideal base of departure for the excursions and ascensions to the higher mount of Central Italy.
The Rome real-estate market represents, with the one of Milan, almost 70% of the Italian housing sales. In 2006, the residential market reached its peak regarding the annual sales but due to the 2007 crisis, this market was considerably impacted. Since 2014, the sector has started to rise and this increase may stabilize over the years. This growth is favoured thanks to low interest rates on mortgage loans. Besides, since 2008, prices have been lower, which is a major advantage for investors. Despite the previous elements, the Rome real-estate market is particularly attractive for foreign investors. It is the perfect time to invest and realize a nice capital gain in the next few years.
The main investors who choose Italy as the country to purchase a property equally come from the United Kingdom and Italy. The majority of the other investors come from Russia and the rest of Europe.
It is possible to buy a property in Italy if you respect the various administrative formalities. It is highly recommended to contact a professional of the real-estate sector. The signature of the sales contrat must be held before a notary. The latest will deal with the writing of the contract, the transaction registration as well as the payment of various taxes (such as the local property, the capital gains, the wealth and inheritance taxes).
Even if Rome can be visited all year long, the period from November to March is mainly rainy and temperatures are colder. However, during these months Rome is less frequented by tourists so it is the perfect time to peacefully discover the city. Besides, prices are lower, except during the affluence period of Christmas and Mardi Gras.
From April to October, it is the best moment to enjoy Rome as the weather is particularly favourable and places are less crowded in April/May and in September/October. However, during the Holy Week in Easter and the Rome marathon, millions of tourists converge to Rome to attend these international events.
The months of July and August correspond to the hottest period in Rome, with suffocating temperatures. But the numerous "Nasoni" fountains, with fresh and drinkable water, allow to quench your thirst between two tours.
Situated one kilometer away from the town of Castelli, the small Church of San Donato is an authentic Italian place with a magnificent ceiling made between 1615 and 1617 and entirely decorated with sixteenth century polychrome bricks with coats-of-arms, arabesque, human figures and animals painted on ceramic. This is the maximum expression of the art of ceramics in Castelli, and as such, this beautiful majolica ceiling earned the nickname "The Sixtine Chapel of Majolica".
The Acerbo Museum of Ceramics was established in 1957 by the architect Leonardo Palladini. Located in the cloister of an ancient convent, the Museum displays, among others, the famous collection of Baron Giacomo Acerbo, composed of more than 550 ceramics dating drom the 16th to the 19th centuries, almost all made in Castelli itself. Throughout the six rooms of the museum, visitors will admire the ceramics displayed in a chronological order as well as the working methods and fragments discovered during archeological research.
Climbing Gran Sasso Mountains would be an unprecedented experience. Located in the northern part of the Abruzzo region, Gran Sasso National Park offer spectacular mountains in wild nature. The massif's highest peak is Corno Grande (2,914m), which is the Apennine's highest mountain. This exceptional excursion will provide you breathtaking sights and majestic landscapes.
As the famous saying states it:"All roads lead to Rome" and this exceptional city has a lot to offer thanks to its 28 centuries of history. Rome, the capital of Italy, is situated in the Latium region, in the center of the country and next to the Tiber river. Nicknamed the "Eternal City", Rome is also the capital of Catholicism as it includes the enclave Vatican (the headquarters of the papacy), which has been an independent state since 1929.Rome is truly an open sky museum by itself as it has preserved a true architectural cohesion. Antique temples and amphitheaters are parts of the town planning. The countless churches are testament to the early stages of Christianity, along with the sumptuous Renaissance ...