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Visit Fonte delle Monache

Fonte delle Monache is situated in the middle of an olive grove near the beautiful hilltop town of Montefino and is built atop an ancient spring. One of two artisanal wells on the property, this spring gives the house its name (literally translated it means "The Nun's Well") and it once served as a source of water for the town. It is in a fabulous south facing location with views of both the Gran Sasso and Maiella mountains. It has been restored to create an exceptional home in a tranquil setting far from the crowds.

Fonte delle Monache is in a unique place in Abruzzo, equidistant from beautiful beaches of the Adriatic coast and the snow capped mountains of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso. Within 60 minutes you could be skiing down the slopes of Campo Imperatore or drinking a glass of Aperol Spritz looking out over the stunningly blue Adriatic Sea.

Things are always blooming in our year-round garden, giving you the perfect environment to sit back, relax and smell the roses. Listen to the cascade of spring water from the front porch, smell the sweet jasmine aromas of the climbing mountain flowers and hear the birds sing as the bells from the local churches peel. After a long day exploring the beautiful area or losing yourself in its peace and tranquillity you can also cool off in the perfectly renovated pool.

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Fonte delle Monache lies in a secluded position in a natural sun trap below the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Montefino next door in the Teramo province of Abruzzo in central Italy.

The house is designed for all year round vacations. Outside you can barbeque, dine or just relax in one of the several terraces or sitting rooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious lounge with a wood burning stove for use during cooler weather and direct access pool area. Guests have exclusive use of the swimming pool and private gardens and free access to the woodland and olive groves of Fonte delle Monache.

There are neighbourhood restaurants that give you a taste of some of the best of Abruzzi cooking and many also offer the ubiquitous and delicious Italian Pizza. For those willing to wander further afield you'll be able to find out why Abruzzo is a foodies paradise. Nearby farms and villages also provide shops offering the very best of Abruzzi produce including fresh pasta, highly rated local wines and handmade cheeses. The owner’s farm produces wonderful olive oil and many different fruits and nuts.

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In the heart of Abruzzo.

Abruzzo is a land of contrasts, home to the highest peaks in the Apennines towering behind 133 kilometres of Adriatic beaches.

The medieval villages, that cap rolling hills cloaked with olives and vines, are connected to bustling and vibrant cities via quiet country lanes

It is the most sparsely populated region of Italy with a third of its area protected as parks or reserves and one of the last natural habitats for the Marsician brown bear, Apennine chamois and wolves.

Within easy reach of Fonte delle Monache you can bask on sandy beaches, swim in the Adriatic, walk and trek on the high plateau of the Gran Sasso range, climb 2,900 metre peaks, horse ride, mountain bike, cross country & downhill ski, stroll in green river valleys, visit pre-Roman, Roman and Medieval sites, shop in designer outlet stores, taste wine in local wineries and eat in exceptional restaurants.

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What To Eat

Abruzzo is known as the "Breadbasket of Italy", the region specialises in everything from Olive Oil and Wine to Vegetables, Meat & Fish. As such the food of this agricultural powerhouse emphasises the locally cultivated produce and shows little pomp and circumstance.

From arrosticini, the famed lamb skewers that used to fuel the shepherds of the region to chitarra abruzzese a beautifully rustic pasta and ragu dish, the food of the region satisfies on both quality and quantity.

Many restaurants of the area operate without a set menu and instead serve whatever the chef feels like cooking on the day, always cheap and cheerful it definitely isn't the height of fine dining but instead, shows you what real rustic Italian cooking is. Want some of our local recommendations? Click the button below to find out!

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What to do

Abruzzo has a wealth of activities and sights to offer.

For those that like the rugged outdoors it has gems like the Gran Sasso National Park, Monte Velino Nature Reserve and Grotto Di Stiffe.

For the sun-worshipping visitor, Abruzzo has numerous sandy and rock beaches that dot the Adriatic coast many that are an easy drive from Montefino.

For the more adrenaline fueled among us, there is easily accessible skiing within an hour drive of the farmhouse.

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