My name’s Corinne, I’m English and I know what it’s like being a stranger in a foreign country. I moved here in 1984 with two young children in tow and not knowing a word of Italian! ….. It was a completely different way of life.
Over the years I’ve built up a successful English Consultancy Business and together with Marco managed a Travel Agency for a few years.
We’ve personally bought and restored property and I even Project Managed a new build – from the sketches I drew on my kitchen table, getting planning permission, contacting local tradesmen and choosing fixtures and fittings etc. to the finished house – and believe you me sometimes it was really hard going!
Marco was born and bred in Umbria and knows the region as only a local can. He’s an electrician by trade and has worked in and around property builds and renovations most ofhis working life gaining valuable knowledge regarding quality of workmanship and job pricing.
We have done some ‘Like for Like’ case studies with English people living in Italy who have successful businesses and we are firmly convinced that they can be replicated in Umbria.
We decided to turn our passion for this beautiful country with our experience of how things really work here in Italy coupled with a team of professionals on board, into a job providing an invaluable service to anyone looking for property in Umbria.
Umbria is known as ‘The Green Heart of Italy’ it is a different Italy, a mix of medieval hilly towns (about 70%) endless green fields with vineyards and olive groves, woods, lakes, rivers and mountains (the highest peak being over 2000 m high). Little havens of unchallenged beauty, art and architecture
Umbria is arguably ‘Italy’s Spiritual Soul’ as many of the nations famous saints and mystics come from there, St. Francesco of Assisi, St. Valentine of Terni, St. Chiara, St. Benedetto of Norcia and St. Rita of Cascia. The cathedral in Orvieto is thought by many Italians to be the most beautiful in the country.
Umbria is divided into two provinces Terni and Perugia and its commune's have an inestimabile religious and artistic heritage, it goes without saying that Umbria has the largest amount of villages, 22, that belong to the ‘I borghi più belli d’Italia’ club somaking a list of all the places to visit would almost be impossible.
Umbrians are extremely friendly people and Umbrian cuisine is home cooking at its best, good flavour, freshness and simplicity using local products such as meat (fresh and cured), grains, vegetables, truffles, cheese, herbs and olive oil (Umbria’s liquid gold). Norcia is recognised as producing the best salami in all of Italy. All this complimented by its famous white wines produced in the Orvieto and Mount Martani areas and its red wines from the Montefalco and Amerino areas.
Umbria is not only an open air museum but it is also a centre for international culture and has a lively calendar of public events making it a delightful and fascinating place to be.
Umbrian properties represent excellent value for money. Property prices in Umbria are much lower with the southern regions of Terni, Narni, Amelia, Spoleto and Norcia providing many very affordable properties.
Umbria has no shortage of properties for restoration. Restoring is not very expensive and the local tradesman work to very high standards.
Umbria is easy to travel to and around by car/train/bus. All major International and low cost airlines fly regularly to the Rome Airports (Leonardo da Vinci and Ciampino). Both are about an hour away by car/train/bus from southern Umbria. Ryanair also flies to the smaller airport in Perugia.
Therefore it’s not surprising that Lord Byron dedicated poems to the marvels of this region and American born writer Henry James called Umbria “the most beautiful garden in all the world.”