Giamia Villas is nestled in the Rural foothills of Centaly Italy's Abruzzo L'Aquila Province. Experience the cultural, festivals and mercatos with the local population. Situated in a lush green river valley surrounded by mountains and neatly cultivated lands. Due to the Central location dozens of day trips could be generated by car, train or bus to the seashore, mountain parks or cities of Rome, Naples, Pompeii etc.
Experience the friendly, happy local villagers that welcome you with open arms and love to exchange old customs and traditions with you, join them in festivals and church services. Your exposure to this paradise valley will last in your memories for the rest of your life, come and be part of it.
History of Giamia: Originally build in 1885 by my great-great grandfather for his sons, multiple generations were born in it, 35 years ago it was abandoned. Having been born in the residence 5 years ago took on the project of completely restructuring the home to the gem that it has become today. Immigrated with my parents and siblings to Canada in the late 1950's at the age of 9 years and growing up here and raising a family of my own after 39 years I returned to my home village.
I was shocked at the condition of my birth house, purchased it from all the 21 different owners and proceeded to invest a considerable amount of money to bring it back to life.
Present: The restructuring was completed in 2009 and now we feature villas design for the comfort and enjoyment of Canadian and American tourist with a greening attitude to experience a unique Italian rural cultural that is not seen in the major centres of Rome, Naples, Venice etc. Fully equipped kitchen, living room, huge shower in bathroom, queen size bed, pull out couch for children, 200 sq.ft. balcony over looking the gardens and a lush green river valley.
On going: With the restructuring of the home now complete, we are focusing on the surrounding 10 acres of gardens. Plantings of all types of fruit trees (figs, plums, peaches, cherries, apples, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, kiwi, persimmons, pomegranates and olives etc.) Flowering shrubs, roses of all varieties, berries of all varieties, vineyard, herbs, watermelons and other varieties of melons and of course my favorite artichokes . Our guests can enjoy and pick their own choosing of fruit etc. when in season. Landscaping projects of numerous ponds, fountains, decks and pathways are all on going. Come and be apart of this changing of the landscape.
We Are 2 1/2 Hours East from Rome Airport.
The Abruzzo province is known as 'the green lung of Italy' due to its many national parks. It features mountains, plains, sea shore, and lush green river valleys. Sulmona the nearest town of 35,000 people, only 5 km away from our Villas is known as 'The City of Arts'. We promote Tuscany at 1/3 the price. From our Central location dozens of day trips, Rome 2 hours away, Naples-Pompeii-Sorento 2 hours away, the Adariatic seashore in Pescara 45 minutes away, mountains will all their splendor 30 minutes away. Enjoy the numerous local mercatos (markets) and festivals on going in the surrounding towns. Public transportation near the front door steps that will take you any where in Italy with connections to trains and buses. Mingle with the local population and really experience the true rural Italian culture, so those who wish could participate in the local harvest of olives, grapes and garlic when in season.
Other Activities: Shelling, Shopping, Horse drawn carriage trips for 4 along a river valley