Villa Abruzzo

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Alba Adriatica Beach: 10km (10 mins by car)
    Monte Conero and the stunning white sand beaches: 100km (1h 15 mins by car)
    Restaurants and shops: 10 mins by car
  • Ancona Airport (AOI): 115km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Pescara Airport (PSR): 68km (1h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Villa Abruzzo

How would you describe Villa Abruzzo in a nutshell?

Villa Abruzzo is located in the far north of the Italian province of Abruzzo, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and in close proximity to the Adriatic coast.

Featuring a natural stone façade, the LA mid-century design villa blends in wonderfully with its enchanting and almost untouched natural surroundings, with the large, floor-to-ceiling windows paying additional tribute to this landscape. It is a wonderful retreat to explore this unknown part of Italy – if you can ever leave the villa.

What was the inspiration and story behind Villa Abruzzo?

I’m originally from the Como area in the north of Italy but spent a lot of time in the Abruzzo region when I was a child. My background is in architecture and interior design, with a particular love of the mid-century LA hills style. I spend a couple of months in California every year and decided that I wanted to recreate something similar in Italy. In fact, the area where the villa is located has been nicknamed “Little California”, so it was the perfect place to build a bungalow in the mid-century LA style.

What is it that you love about the LA mid-century style?

I love low buildings with low ceilings and big windows, as well as the use of wood and stone materials in LA mid-century design. The interior design is also based on a few, but exceptionally valuable and distinct materials that exude timeless chic without being overbearing. As I work as an architect, I designed most of the interior pieces and furnishings, so they are highly unique.

Is Villa Abruzzo suitable for families with children?

The villa is not really safeguarded for young children, so I would only recommend families staying if they have newborns (0-1 years old) or older children (8+). When booking, we ask that guests sign a pool contract, as there are no balustrades/fences around it. We welcome small dogs but not big ones as there are too many precious objects that might get damaged.

To you personally, what is so special about Villa Abruzzo?

When you’re staying at Villa Abruzzo, you really don’t know what time, year or even century it is. The surroundings look the same as they did 100 years ago and they will remain like this for many years to come as no one can build in my direct view. I also love that you’re so close to the snow-capped mountains where wild horses roam, as well as being just a short drive from the beach. It’s a very special corner of Italy that few people know about - that's what makes it magical!

Villa entrance
Living area
Kitchen and dining area
Outside kitchen
Outside kitchen
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Terrace and pool
Terrace and view
Villa entrance
Villa entrance
Villa entrance

Villa Abruzzo rooms & rates

The villa is set across two split levels that follow the natural contour of the hills. It’s actually quite hidden and is difficult to see on the approach. I built a road to access the site and created a courtyard parking area with old palm trees that is very cool and fresh on summer days.

The main floor is upstairs and accessed via a wood-panelled corridor that leads to an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. There are big windows that you can slide open and they reveal a huge terrace, as well as the infinity swimming pool and a summer kitchen. The views from here are incredible, with snow on the mountains until June and amazing sunsets.

The upper level also has two bedrooms with en-suites while there’s a separate guest room and bathroom downstairs for people who want their own space. It’s also here that you’ll find the laundry and a wine cellar.

  • Villa Abruzzo for 6 people / 280 m²
    / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include cleaning on Wednesday and Saturday.
Optional extras
Available on request: massage (EUR 60/h) and extra cleaning service.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 6 years old are welcome. There is one baby bed available on request.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:30
Closed October to May

Facilities & services

  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Music system
  • BBQ area
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Aside from the infinity swimming pool, there is also a tennis court in the nearby town if you want to play, as well as a church where guests are welcome. If you’d like meals prepared for you, we have an amazing woman who can come to the villa, with the local specialty being seafood. While there is no air conditioning in the villa (as I don’t really like it), the floors can be cooled using water and every evening there is a refreshing breeze coming from the sea.

We offer a cleaning service every morning to freshen up the house. But this can easily be negotiated if guests would like it less frequently or only at the beginning and end of their stay. I also have a pool guy and a gardener who comes very early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.

Things to do in Abruzzo & Controguerra

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips

To be honest, once guests arrive, many don’t ever leave the house! If you want to stay close by, you can go walking in the immediate surroundings or tour the wineries by bike. Alternatively, you can head into the mountains to explore the national parks and see the colony of wild horses that migrate from the south to the north during the summer. There’s also a spot in the mountains called Campo Imperatore that looks like Tibet and is ignited by blooming crocus flowers from mid-June to mid-July, attracting people from all over the world.

Villa Abruzzo reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Kurz: Sensationell!

Etwas länger: Die Villa Abruzzo von Davide Rizzo ist von einer so individuellen, lässigen und wunderschönen Ausstrahlung, dabei nichtsdestotrotz bis ins kleinste Detail durchdacht und im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes wohnlich, dass eine ihr gerecht werdende Beschreibung schwerfällt.
Das Haus geht durch die riesigen aufschiebbaren Fensterfronten, das weit auskragende Dach und die unterschiedlichen Sitz- und Liegemöglichkeiten rundherum nahezu übergangslos nach außen über.
In drei Wochen konnten wir zu jeder Zeit den perfekten Platz finden, um allein zu lesen, rumlungern und zu arbeiten, zu zweit Schach zu spielen, zu dritt zu diskutieren, zu viert den Sundowner und das Abendessen zu zelebrieren.
Mindestens genauso bombastisch wie das Haus selbst ist der Blick über die kulissenartig sich weitenden Hügel mit Olivenbäumen, Wein und Wiesen sowie den hübschen Dörfern oben auf den Hügelkuppen, der es mit jedem noch so spektakulären Meerblick locker aufnimmt. Im Infinitypool in ein Meer aus Oleanderblüten und den Sonnenuntergang zu schwimmen, ist der Hammer!
Drei Orte (Controguerra, Corropoli und besonders Colonella) mit hübschen Ortskern mit Bar, Panificio und Alementari sind beim morgendlichen Lauf gut erreichbar (ca. 2-5 km). Beim zweiten Besuch wird man von den InhaberInnen bereits wie alte Bekannte begrüßt. Die Ausflugs- und Restaurantempfehlungen sind allesamt super, die meisten haben wir mehrfach aufgesucht. Dennoch haben wir uns dann immer wieder zurück nach "zu Hause" gewünscht ... :-)
On top waren der Kontakt und die Untersützung durch Davide und seinTeam unglaublich hilfsbereit, prompt und nett. Grazie mille!

Also nochmal kurz: Ein einzigartiger Sehnsuchtsort!
Imke S.
stayed at Villa Abruzzo in June 2021

The location of Villa Abruzzo

Villa Abruzzo is just a couple of minutes’ drive from the town of Controguerra where you can go every morning to get a coffee. As you drive across each hill, you’ll discover another town and lots of little alfresco summer restaurants. In 10 minutes you can be at a beach with sun loungers, umbrellas and seafood restaurants or if you drive 30-40 minutes, you’ll discover the wild and beautiful beaches of Reserva Naturale di Punta Aderci (no cars, no restaurants, no sun loungers).

If you want to explore the cities, Rome is 2 hours and 15 minutes away by car while Ancona is less than an hour and Pescara around 45 minutes. There are also many wineries in the surrounding region that you can tour by car or bicycle, with both wine and olive oil tastings on offer.

When is the best time to visit Abruzzo?

Now the weather in Italy is very unpredictable — you can get days both good and bad throughout the year. So I only rent the villa between June and autumn as these are the most stable months.

A particularly atmospheric time can be experienced here in the autumn when the otherwise ubiquitous calm gradually gives way to increased activity: it’s harvest time and everybody pitches in! During the day, people are to be found working hard and industriously throughout the vineyards and olive groves. Then, in the evening in the small village centres and country houses, everyone gets together to enjoy their first samples of the fruits of the year and to celebrate the proverbial Italian “Dolce Vita”!