Hello from Sabina - the district and the "person"
Have lived full time in Sabina for some 10 years now - and around 30 non-consecutive years in Italy generally. Sabina is a little known area around 60 km NE of Rome - the least populated area in Italy apparently - but woth glorious scenery - not unlike that of Tuscany or Umbria - but with more medieval villages or woods on the hilltops! Despite being so conveniently located...direct trains to Rome (city and FCO airport) 45 / 105 min) and Florence, Siena, Assisi and the like are all within easy day trip distance - as is Naples/Capri /Sorrento with an early start and late return. We even have a small-ish ski-resort that is popular with Romans wanting to get out of the city for a day or a weekend during the winter months. The Sabina has plenty to offer in terms of history and culture - just that the places are not famous. Plenty of local traditions - from festas, food festivals etc and of course typical food using local ingredients, and the olive oil produced here is considered to be amongst, if not the best in Italy thanks to the 0% acidity - but little has been done to market the oil on a truly commercial scale.Property prices have more-or-less held steady during the last 18 months,having risen somewhat between 2000 and 2007 after years of being way lower than anywhere else in central Italy.I love it...a few expats, some of whom are full-time residents others who just have a holiday home here, but no overbearing "colony / community" of us and there is little chance of running into a bus-load of foreign tourists anywhere - just the occasional foreign couple / family that have rented out a villa during the summer, and the odd coach of Italian "pilgrims" following the St Francis trail (he lived here for a while - and created the first ever nativity scene in Greccio, a town just beyond the Sabina boundaries) or visiting the magnificent benedictine abbey in Farfa (where Jamie Oliver taught the monks to cook!).