Grottaferrata is a small town situated in the hills that surround Rome, called the Castelli Romani area, on the lower slopes of the Alban Hills. With its numerous churches, museums and fortress, this authentic village of Grottaferrata is one of the favorite destination for visitors searching for peace and cultural discoveries. This is also a vacation resort requisitioned by the popes as it served as a refuge to many religious figures over the centuries. The city center is very picturesque. One may walk through its lovely cobbled streets and stop in one of the many restaurants to sample its delicious local products.
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.
This fortified monastery was founded in 1004 even if the walls and battlements were added some 400 years latter to provide a protective perimeter to the Basilica of St Mary of Grottaferrata. This bejewelled, icon-laden church features a series of 17th-century frescoes made by Domenichino and a revered Byzantine image of Santa Maria.These exceptional landmarks are the last vestiges of the many Byzantine-Greek monasteries that once dotted the southern Italian landscape.
Every year in March, the village of Grottaferrata organizes a gastronomic event named "Fiera Nazionale". The 2017 edition, which was the 417th fair, was a successful event which was a consolidated formula of the original concept. This national fair is a major showcase with a large product proposal, from crafts, to food and wine, by way of home and greenery, all designed to revive the ancient spirit of the Symposium, an Italian place which gathered people to eat, drink, make art and discuss.
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 t...