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Shaka 9th July 2013 02:52 AM

Retiring to Abruzzo region
 
Hi I'm new and would love any advice/tips re retiring to Abruzzo Italy

pudd 2 9th July 2013 07:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Shaka (Post 1237473)
Hi I'm new and would love any advice/tips re retiring to Abruzzo Italy

My first reaction would be do it youl love it as we have retired to abruzzo been here 11 years know all the bad guys and have sorted out whos good its been a long hard road as we were some of the first English to come to abruzzo and we still love it here , and like to pass on our experiances good and bad
if you have any questions about the area I will be pleased to anwer them

Shaka 9th July 2013 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by pudd 2 (Post 1237792)
My first reaction would be do it youl love it as we have retired to abruzzo been here 11 years know all the bad guys and have sorted out whos good its been a long hard road as we were some of the first English to come to abruzzo and we still love it here , and like to pass on our experiances good and bad
if you have any questions about the area I will be pleased to anwer them

Thank you I would really appreciate your imput. We have been to Abruzzo and liked the area around Teramo preferring hill views rather than being up in the mountains. While we would love a house with a garden we don't want to be secluded so is it realistic to get a house but be close enough to integrate into village life?What price could we expect to pay for that type of house. We are open to other areas you might suggest. How are you finding health care in Italy? We are Irish living in the US for the last 21 yrs but are still EU citizens. Thanks in advance/

sheilamarsco 10th July 2013 04:56 AM

try the area around bisenti you have the best of both worlds half way between the mountains and the coast. price of houses will depend on the condition and size if you were looking for 3 beds etc., with some land around 160000 euros there are lots of houses on the market at the moment so there should be plenty of choice. good luck

pudd 2 10th July 2013 07:08 AM

hi don't get a fixed idear on an area beware of areas were the houses are cheap with lots of land and good isolated views , mask you selfe why are these houses cheap . why are there no locals buying them and why are the English selling up in certane areas
the best way is to start by staying a day our two in all the diferent areas of abruzzo
which is a large chalk and chease area
chieti being the biggest region .
one thing you will notice is a distance between places looks short on a map . but by the time you have wound your self roun the hills and valleys it takes hours , espeshally in the south and north of abruzzo , you will notice there are more living villages with young people in the central area of abruzzo
another thing to take into account is getting to a hospital or an airport on a dark winters night - even a good restaurant
any way must go now I have so much to say about abruzzo it could take me all day
they say of the abruzzo people strong but kind forti ma gentile

NickZ 10th July 2013 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Shaka (Post 1238821)
. How are you finding health care in Italy? We are Irish living in the US for the last 21 yrs but are still EU citizens. Thanks in advance/

So you can't get the EU health card. Right? Unless you're receiving an EU pension you'll need private health insurance.

pudd 2 10th July 2013 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by NickZ (Post 1239417)
So you can't get the EU health card. Right? Unless you're receiving an EU pension you'll need private health insurance.

Not nesarly true if you open a bed and breakfast as we did before we retired we got a carta di sanitare no problem and an accountant for tax easy peasy

Shaka 10th July 2013 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by pudd 2 (Post 1239432)
Not nesarly true if you open a bed and breakfast as we did before we retired we got a carta di sanitare no problem and an accountant for tax easy peasy

Thanks for all the imput certainly there is plenty to consider I think staying in different areas makes sense and I know the area around Bisenti too. Can I get an EU health card if I retire before I am due to receive my Irish state pension or would I have to get private health insurance for those years until I am eligible?I am hoping not to work when we go to Italy.
Thanks again

Shaka 10th July 2013 07:47 PM

Thank you so much I know the area around Castel Castagna which is not far from Bisenti. How bad do the winters get in that area.

Shaka 10th July 2013 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by NickZ (Post 1239417)
So you can't get the EU health card. Right? Unless you're receiving an EU pension you'll need private health insurance.

Thanks that's what I'm wondering because as an Eu citizen I would be entitled to an Irish pension but I would want to retire to Italy before becoming eligible for that so would I get a health card or just get private insurance to cover us during those years. Health care is a big deal to consider. Thanks again.


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