The house is in a very beautiful location between Pescara and the Apennines Mountains. We were a party of eight, mostly retired, and experienced American foreign travelers. Our unanimous opinion is that the Abruzzo area around the house is the most beautiful area we have seen anywhere in the world. Pescara is about 45 minutes east and Rome Airport (Fiumicino) is 2 hours and 45 minutes west. Directions are pretty useless to use, alone, to reach the house, since the roads are not marked well. Use coordinates in Google Maps and you can find the house, these are “42 30’ 50.5”N 13 51’ 43.2”E” type it into the destination window as written without the outside quotes (the inside quotes mean seconds) and it will direct you to the house.
While coordinates and Google maps will get you to the house, it will not necessarily get you there the best way. Having a map of the area and the directions will help. We used Google maps to go to Pescara, Teramo, Silvi, Bisenti and many other places, but learned to plan our route in advance and ignore Google’s directions to go off the main roads. It will take you on weird excursions, on bad roads, if you allow it to. This is particularly true between the house and the main road to Rome, the A24, near Teramo. The best route from the A24 to the house is along SS81, just stay on SS81 to SP32 which takes you nearly all the way to the house.
Before leaving Rome (or some other starting point) make sure the Google maps app on your phone is working correctly, and it knows where you are. Some of our phones did not work in Italy before calling our service providers, even though we had supposedly set them up for international service.
Do not even think about renting a car with an automatic transmission. They are very expensive and rare here and returning or exchanging them is restricted. A 4-wheel drive or van is recommended. Most of the roads are good, but narrow. The road down to the house is steep and graveled dirt, but well-marked.
The pool is not heated and can’t really be used except in the very warm months. Exploring the nearby towns and wineries is a lot of fun and the local wine (Abruzzo or Abruzzi) is wonderful. Some of the wineries sell wine in returnable and reusable bottles, which is very cool, and the wine sold this way is better than you might think. Hikes along the roads around the house are very nice and full of beautiful flowers.
We never tired of the views and were astounded all over again every morning.
The roads and directions to the house were kinda hard to drive/to find.Arriving until its still daytime is recommended.Plan some more time to get to the house because of the street conditions. Once you get there the little key box works easily.The house is very nice and charming. As soon as you open all doors it gets much needed fresh air and sunlight. It is fully equipped which is pretty good with kids.One bedroom is right next to the other (family-friendly), one is on the other side of the house.We were six persons and had enough space to be with each other and to have some time by ourselves.There are plenty of activities to do in the area.The little guide with regional advises and information helped out a lot. You will find this one in the house.The pool was kinda nice.It starts with lower water to deeper.It gets cleaned once a week.This can be kinda hard with using the pool a lot and having a lot of insects around.Also the beach chairs need to be renewed, but they are acceptable. But look forward to the nice new grill for bbq time.If you have kids you should take some outdoor toys with you.To get to places takes some time.there are not many things to do with kids within the next half hour.The next bigger grocery market is an half hr drive.The little village right next to the house is tiny but with a nice weekly market. Other small villages have these too. Adorable. Our stay was very nice though. A variety of relaxing,sightseeing in the nearer areas (Rome is 2.5hrs away for a day trip), pool-time.The sea had nice water,a long nice sandy way to walk in with kids.nice but expensive beaches if you ll need to rent an umbrella.Over all: whatever you need, the housekeeper is a very nice lady. She will try to help you out with anything you ll need.So we are thankful for a great stay and would definitely recommend this place.