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Casetta Lucciola – a History

Casetta Lucciola – Little House of the Firefly

Casetta Lucciola is named after the languid fireflies that pay their night time visits to the kitchen gardens of Bascianella in abundance over the summer.   A cosy 2-bedroom restored Abruzzo cottage with terrace, it is almost 150 years old and set in the heart of little Bascianella, home to approximately 50 people directly in the village.  

Casetta Lucciola, Bascianella

A Little History & Culture

We bought the disused property in 2005, and spent the next couple of years, trying to sympathetically restore a house whose upstairs had once been schoolroom to the village.  Our aim was to bring the best of the new environmental building techniques to tweak the old and ensure it remained standing for another 150 years.

Unspoilt, charming, friendly

Situated just under Collina di San Giovanni (St John’s Hill), Bascianella is nestled into the lower levels of the ancient limestone & dolomite craggy Gran Sasso mountains at 430 (msl).  A tranquil little Italian hill village, Bascianella overlooks the lush Teramo valleys and directly down to Lucrezia Borgia’s C16th campout, Castiglione della Valle.  Unspoilt, charming, friendly, sleepy are just a few of the adjectives that pulled us to buy our cosy mountain retreat within this traditional Abruzzo village.

Bascianella, Teramo